When design and functionality align, great things can happen. It’s not very often, however, that a material bridges the gap between beautiful
aesthetics and superior functionality. There are two materials capable of crossing that divide, and inspiring engineers to think about designs more completely: glass and glass-ceramics. These materials bridge industries and interests, from home tech to energy to pharmaceuticals, creating new applications and rejuvenating old ones.
We’ll illustrate that point with a common kitchen appliance that has been relegated to mediocrity – the toaster. The engineers over at Morphy Richards, a British company that manufactures household appliances, dreamed up a toaster with glassceramic side panels that allow home cooks to watch their bread and bagels toast. These glassceramic sides, made of NEXTREMA, warm up and transfer heat energy to the bread. This toaster not only looks different than everything else in the kitchen, but its main design feature – the glass – is the key component in its functionality. Here’s a look at the toaster in action.