Identity and history

"The culture of beauty, art, architecture and design are part of CEDIT’s DNA."

Following an outstanding season in which Florim took the lead in an unprecedented experimentation on the materials and stylistic fronts, the brand is relaunching the CEDIT brand. Having been created with the desire to explore new methods of expression that could characterize the culture of lifestyle, this company made its mark on the 20th-century scenario in a unique adventure, associating itself with the prestigious names of Marco Zanuso, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Alessandro Mendini, Sergio Asti, Emilio Scanavino, Mimmo Rotella, Gino Marotta, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and the Gruppo Dam, among others.

The CEDIT of today and of the years to come is regaining and relaunching its aptitude for collaboration with some names of major relevance on the contemporarycreative scene, giving rise to a range of ceramic collections devised by Italian artists who pursue design paths – both in project design and in ideas – that are distinct from one another and each defined by an original stylistic hallmark. The new ceramic proposals, all strictly “Made in Italy”, are the invaluable outcomeof an intense dialogue between craftsmanship and technology, which is also defined through a poetic expressiveness of great impact; these brand-new interpretations of the material offer a new idea of architectural space, describing refined visions of place, of time and of living.

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The company’s history began in 1947, when CEDIL Ceramica di Lurago d’Erba S.p.A. was founded with the aim of manufacturing white-body ceramic wall tiles with uniform colour, constant working size and the ability to maintain flatness, even further improved by the quality of the glazes used and their resistance to crazing and acid attack.



The commitment to expanding the production range led to the exploration of a series of options, culminating, in 1954, in the design, production and marketing of custom-designed ceramic pieces, such as the iconic “SZ1” series styled by the architects Marco Zanuso and Alberto Scarzella, featuring original curved geometric forms allowing the single elements to be combined in a large number of different ways; modularity of tile sets and decorative motifs became part of the brand’s vocabulary, and henceforward it was to be one of its most distinctive original traits.



In 1955 CEDIL took over Ceramiche Dester S.p.A. to create CEDIS Ceramiche di Sicilia s.n.c., with its headquarters in the Tommaso Natale district of Palermo, where a new plant was built to Marco Zanuso’s design.



At the end of the Fifties the new group - CEDIL/CEDIS - had more than 300 employees, providing a production capacity of 2,200 m2 /day of floor and wall tiles; these two companies were then united to form CEDIT S.p.A., visually identified by the new logo designed by Albe Steiner.



CEDIT can be credited with exercising a sensitivity and farsightedness that were consolidated over time, thanks in part to inspired ideas completely new to the ceramics industry, first and foremost, the creation of the “Piastrella d’Oro” award in association with the ADI – Associazione per il Disegno Industriale [Industrial Design Association], which brought together and selected the best Italian ceramics industry design in production from 1956 to 1966. This award gave young designers the chance to gain direct experience of the world of business, and allowed criteria of experimentation and creativity to become part of the logic of production.


1968 - 1970

In 1968 the company introduced an absolute novelty into the ceramics industry by creating a new sample collection which combined traditional decorations with genuinely innovative designs by leading modern designers, responding to and shaping the needs and taste of the period. It was the first time a ceramic wall tile manufacturer had set out to interpret the “year’s fashions”, by suggesting functional, decorative home design solutions styled by artists of the calibre of Enzo Mari, Ettore Sottsass, Bob Noorda, Michele Provinciali, Joshitaka Sakuma, Bruno Binosi, CarmenGrusova–Rihova, Gilio Confalonieri, Franca Helg & Antonio Piva, Ferruccio Bocca, Sergio Asti and Marco Zanuso. The result was “Collezione 68”, a one-off in the history of ceramic coverings that was to usher in a new era in the industry.


1970 - 1973

CEDIT’s ground-breaking work continued in 1970 with another key project: the “16 giochi a parete” [“16 wall games”] exhibition hosted at the company’s Milan showroom, at Via Verri 4, which invited visitors to reflect on new possible perceptions of ceramic-clad surfaces, viewing the wall as a “chessboard” to be built up using a wide variety of combinations. This eclectic and very popular exhibition contained ideas by a select group of creative talents - designers, graphic designers and artists - including Sergio Asti, Bruno Binosi, Severina Corbetta and 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, each of which visitors could use to “invent” different possible combinations.



Throughout the Seventies CEDIT continued this interdisciplinary approach, staying ahead of its competitors in terms of stylistic technique, developing original concepts of modularity for ceramic coverings: during these years, a variety ofdecorative options were explored, made unique by inputs from Mario Bellini, Giancarlo Iliprandi, Franco Grignani, Bruno Munari, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the DAM Group and, with the “Serie Pittori” in 1973, from artists Emilio Scanavino, Edival Ramosa, Mimmo Rotella, Mario De Luigi, Ross Littell, Guy Harloff, Marcello Pirro, GinoMarotta and Ken Scott.


2016 - Today

In keeping with this tradition, for the company’s relaunch by Florim new designs have been commissioned from new talents, in collections where a focus on experimental use of languages is, if possible, even more evident. CEDIT once again puts its craftsman-like expertise on the line, in large ceramic slabs, for the realization of a product that will innovate the very idea of architectural space, the sense of place and time: the “feel” of life.


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