1947

1947

CEDIL – Ceramiche di Lurago d’Erba S.p.A. is founded

Set up to produce white body glazed ceramic tiles, Cedil’s objective was to maintain constant size and planarity through glazes with excellent resistance to crazing and acid attack.

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1954

Production starts on two types of glazed floor tile

The first type was produced in the 10.8×21.6 cm size on pressed biscuit, produced in specialised factories with specially created glazes.

The second type was designed and produced as a result of a collaboration with the architects Scarsella and Zanuso. This tile was designed in an extensive colour range, facilitating a wide range of designs and solutions.

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Preparatory drawing of the tile SZ1

1955

Cedis Ceramiche di Sicilia S.n.c. is founded

Following the acquisition of the majority shareholding in Ceramiche Dester S.p.A. Cedis Ceramiche di Sicilia S.n.c. was founded. Production included the 10.8×10.8 cm size and a decor tile. The first decor tiles were designed in 1955 by Albe Steiner, who went on to design the new Cedit logo.

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1956

1956

Marco Zanuso designs the factory in Tommaso Natale, Palermo

The site, spread over 5400 m², included a main factory building consisting of a clay warehouse, production areas, service areas for workers and space for the kilns.
The Cedil – Cedis group had a 322-strong workforce. The daily output potential at that time was around 2200 m². In the same period, average national output was in the region of 32,000 m²/day.

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Factory construction site, Archivio del Moderno in Mendrisio, Fondo Zanuso

1956

Cedit is founded

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Cedit: 1980 selection.

1957

Cedit goes international

Cedit began taking part in sector trade fairs, in the first instance not just in Milan but also New York, plus Germany, Switzerland and South America, as part of a strong international export strategy.

1961

1961

Cedit establishes the “Piastrella d’oro” award in partnership with ADI

From 1961 until 1966 the company ran a competition to promote collaboration with internationally acclaimed designers and to modernise ceramics by incorporating aesthetic effects that reflected the changing times.

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Logo of the competition. A 30-year research for a new aesthetics of the ceramic surface.

1968

1968-1970

Architects and designers create the “Collezione ’68”

For the first time in the history of ceramics, the “fashion of the year” was presented in a collection of wall tiles. Traditional designs plus genuine innovation in collaboration with architects and designers who offered original, exclusive contributions.

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Zanuso /32/32 alfa/32 beta

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Zanuso /31/31 alfa/31 beta

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Noorda - 24

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Noorda - 23

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Noorda - 22

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Noorda - 47

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Confalonieri - 17

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Asti - Nuvola/2 Pioggia

1970

1970-1973

Cedit organises the exhibition “16 giochi per parete” (“16 wall games”)

Sixteen graphic ideas for playing around with on walls: this was the theme of an exhibition organised in the Exhibition Centre in Milan at Via Verri 4 by Cedit, which invited 11 professional designers to take part. Cedit proposed the revolutionary idea of adopting an extremely free approach to domestic walls, so that wall coverings were easily interchangeable.

The first designs were created by: Sergio Asti, Bruno Binosi, Severina Corbetta, Maria Grazia Caccini, Jean-Pierre Garrault, Salvatore Gregorietti, Gino Marotta, Franco Mirenzi, Pietro Monti and Giulio Buonpane, Bob Noorda, Ornella Noorda, Pietro Salmoiraghi and Antonio Locatelli.

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Sergio Asti, Asti 37, 1972

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Sergio Asti, Asti 37, 1972

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Pietro Salmoiraghi and Antonio Locatelli, SL 54, 1971

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Sergio Asti, 1971. Soft glazed earthenware and serigraphy. cm 21.6x21.6

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Gino Marotta, Marotta 42, 1971

1971

New designers collaborate with Cedit

The collection was boosted with new products created by successful graphic designers: Bellini, Bettonica, Iliprandi, Grignani and Bruno Munari.

1973

1973

Cedit presents the “Serie Pittori”

Cedit collaborated with a number of contemporary painters of the day, for a tile collection designed to enhance the material by taking it beyond its conventional areas of use.

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Introduction of the catalogue ``Serie Pittori`` by Gio Ponti

The artists were: Emilio Scanavino, Edival Ramosa, Mimmo Rotella, Mario De Luigi, Ross Littell, Guy Harloff, Marcello Pirro and Ken Scott.

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Emilio Scanavino, Tensione, 1973

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Marcello Pirro, Flutti, 1973

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Gianni Dova, 1973

1984

1984

A new collaboration starts with Sottsass Associati

Following a stronger and stronger collaboration with the Studio Sottsass Associati, the company presented the collection “The Milan Style”, a tile series that summed up the brand’s idea of flexibility in relation to wall coverings.

With this project, architect Sottsass returned to the concept expressed by Gio Ponti sccording to which the use of ceramics can “characterise an ambiance in its uniqueness“, with an innovative and architectural idea that goes beyond the traditional functional conception of coverings.

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Images from “The Milan Style” catalogue

1984

Cedit takes part in the exhibition “Drawing and Design – from the origins to the future of ceramic tiles” in Bologna

The pieces featured in the exhibition were selected by Rolando Giovannini, the event curator, to create an excursus on the origins of ceramics through to the selection of the most significant developments.

The study was driven by the desire to show how ceramic tiles had successfully become a means of communication, conveying cultural messages.

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Set-up of the “Drawing and Design” exhbition, Bologna 1984.

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Set-up of the “Drawing and Design” exhbition, Bologna 1984.

2006

2006

Florim acquires the Cedit brand

Florim Ceramiche acquired the Cedit brand and began planning a relaunch strategy.

2008

2008-2013

Florim invests in technology against the economic crisis

Florim stands out – regardless the difficult economic moment that Italy has experienced – for important investments in research and technological/aesthetic innovation. The company starts an investment plan aimed at implementing the production department with the introduction of the large sizes.

This new technology allows extending the traditional parameters of integrated design and opening new perspectives in the use of ceramic product, in order to actualise the dialogue between art and contemporary design.

2016

2016

Florim relaunches CEDIT – Ceramiche d’Italia

Following an outstanding season in which the brand took the lead in an unprecedented experimentation on the materials and stylistic fronts, Florim is relaunching CEDIT.
An impressive design and corporate brand, CEDIT chose once again to cooperate with some of the most interesting names on the contemporary creative scene.

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