A behind the scenes look at SCHOTT CERAN® Design Awards with Kitchen Stories
Art under the cooktop
‘Black’ and ‘premium’ are the words that spring to mind when you think of a ceramic cooktop. After all, when you imagine a dream kitchen, it always includes an inviting, sleek CERAN® cooktop, with its chic, minimal, and smooth surface; it’s at the center of every kitchen and the heart of the house.
But what is actually so special about the cooktop material? To find out, together with SCHOTT at IFA, we took part in the fiercest endurance and scratching tests, perused new cooktop designs, and even came across some fun facts which will help you win any Trivial Pursuit match. You’ll be surprised!
Let’s start with fun fact number 1: Did you know that with a SCHOTT CERAN® cooktop, you do not only acquire a modern, classic design for your dream kitchen, but also obtain a bit of aerospace technology? Before SCHOTT CERAN® began producing the original glass-ceramic cooktop in 1971, the same material was already being used in aerospace engineering; the ceramic protects space capsules from the intense heat encountered during reentry into the earth’s atmosphere. So, if you plan to convert your kitchen into a spaceship anytime soon, you’ll be on the safe side with CERAN® glass-ceramic.
Cooktops don’t have to be black!
Contrary to popular belief, not all cooktops are black. While CERAN® can be black, white and clear options are also available. However, just because it’s clear doesn’t mean that it has to be simple or transparent; it instead opens up a whole new range of design opportunities that allow you to tailor your kitchen to your preferences and tastes. Specially developed colors and prints on the underside of the CERAN® surface transform every clear ceramic cooktop into a colourful and artistic piece of kitchen art, which are all specifically designed to be used with induction.
It’s exactly these kinds of designs that were presented by talented design students at this year’s SCHOTT CERAN® Design Award. We were on the scene as the most innovative and suitable designs of the year were selected by a panel of eight experts.
The winning design in sublime rose gold.
The favorite of the designs: the flamingo-colored, winning submission “OnLines” by Hanh Phan. With this design, it’s absolutely possible to bring the summer into your kitchen every single day. What is most special about the design is that by choosing the base paint color “CLEAR flamingo,” a luxurious rosy gold, the cooktop gains a metallic effect. It’s definitely eye-catching!
But the SCHOTT CERAN® Design Award is not only limited to accolades! The winning design obtains prize money, will be produced in a limited series by Bauknecht, and will be distributed exclusively by Otto. The limited version will already be in stores by November 22nd, 2016.
Before the awards, we were also allowed to execute a very special endurance test on the latest prototypes. In order to test the strength and resilience of the cooktops, we conducted the “falling pan test,” where we dropped a 1.8 kg pan directly onto the CERAN®. The result: Not even a scratch.
Take a look here, but please don’t try this at home!
And now to our second fun fact: In almost every airbag there is on the market, a glas and metal component of SCHOTT is built in. Minimal thermic expansion, corrosion resistance, and its extreme hardness make glass-ceramic an ideal compound for the air bag’s ignition mechanism. This makes SCHOTT glass-ceramic not only an outright eye-catcher in the kitchen, but also a true jack of all trades.
An exciting end of the day for us.
With all these hot CERAN® trends and tests we were still able to cool down a bit at SCHOTT: In a food workshop, KYL 21 sweetened our late-summer’s evening with molecular, whiskey-infused ice cream with roasted rolled oats!
Published on September 16, 2016