As in previous years, Rapsel introduced path-blazing new products at Cersaie 2011 - innovations that earned the company a delighted response from press, trade and architects alike. The exhibits clearly also delighted those who, on the Sunday after the show closed its doors, brazenly carted off a number of prime products from the Rapsel stand, discerningly even the new Grandtour bathtub created by Carlo dal Bianco.
It is so frustrating to have to record the criminal energy and unscrupulous behaviour of unprincipled individuals who do not shrink from destroying the fruit of months of hard work invested by others. Nonetheless, the thieves will never stifle the creativity of Rapsel, its staff and designers, the development activities of whom will continue to flourish; their passion for exploring new materials unabated despite the theft.
It goes without saying that the exhibition organisers as well as the police swung into action without delay. There are still expectations that the crime will soon be solved and that there will be a happy end to this distressing story.
May this unfortunate incident ultimately prove a good omen for the future production of the Grandtour bathtub. Who knows? Soon showrooms around the world might well be able to claim that
'Rapsel products literally fly off the shelves‘.