For decades, one kitchen design element has been constant: a black or white cooktop. Whether it’s induction, gas, or electric, black glass-ceramic cooktops are standard in many American kitchens. Let’s change that right now.
SCHOTT held the annual CERAN® Design Awards a few weeks ago in Germany, and young, talented designers crafted bold new glass-ceramic cooktops. What emerged from the contest were cooktops in new colors featuring creative designs; overall, these designers created unique cooktops that are making us rethink that plain, classic look. Sixty-eight cooktops were entered in the contest. Let’s look at the winning designs.
“Onlines” designed by Hanh Phan
Simplicity reigns supreme in Hanh Phan’s winning “Onlines” design. Set on a CLEARTRANS glassceramic cooktop with the CLEAR flamingo base color are three sets of bold white lines. Each grouping of lines has an irregular but parallel pattern that’s visually appealing on the bright metallic rose-gold. This color contrast creates a vibrant look while remaining understated. Notice the differing lengths of each line segment and the asymmetrical groupings throughout the design. Ultimately, this cooktop succeeds by transforming simple shapes into a bright and imaginative design.
“Flashing Dots” designed by Victoria Schwarz
The minimalist look of “Flashing Dots” reminds us of the works of famed artist Georges Seurat. Branches of dots start and stop in patterns that are abrupt but natural. Select bold dots provide a backbone to each branch, yet these formations seem to trail off and almost disappear into the background. A simple cross of dots in the center gives the cooktop clear definition. Finally, the duality of colors in “Flashing Dots” means it works in both darker and brighter kitchen designs.
“Cooking is Communication” designed by Mariano Gemmo
Randomness defines “Cooking is Communication.” Hundreds of tiny white dots produce a visually interesting design in this cooktop while larger dots punctuate the cooking zones to provide clarity in the randomness. The design itself also creates a level of depth that’s not found in most cooktops. “Cooking is Communication” is reminiscent of a night sky, and it elicits a sense of awe while still being familiar.