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07.09.2015, Mainz

Cooktop panel design “HexTwist” wins SCHOTT CERAN® Design Award

Induction range with the winning CERAN® design can be pre-ordered online as a limited edition starting now
Design editor Leyla Basaran won the SCHOTT CERAN® design award with her design “HexTwist” (front right). The two runners-up for the Jury Prize are Florian Rapp with “Upstairs” (front left) und Felix Poettinger with “Experan” (back left). Pascal Schoenegg
Design editor Leyla Basaran won the SCHOTT CERAN® design award with her design “HexTwist” (front right). The two runners-up for the Jury Prize are Florian Rapp with “Upstairs” (front left) und Felix Poettinger with “Experan” (back left). Pascal Schoenegg
The SCHOTT CERAN® Design Award has impressively demonstrated that innovative glass-ceramic cooktops can be anything but only black. The company held a competition ( for the first time this summer that gave young designers the chance to show their creativity. An expert jury chose the design “HexTwist” from designer Leyla Basaran, who studied at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, as the winner. SCHOTT will now produce the winning cooktop panel as a small series and market it in cooperation with a partner from the home appliance industry.

SCHOTT received more than 400 entries from 173 students and young professionals. The 7-member jury that consisted of design experts chose the winners of places 1 to 10. The design “HexTwist” by Leyla Basaran, a former student of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences who now works as a design editor, came in first place. It is truly an aesthetic contemporary design: the 45° grid consisting of many individual hexagons is put into motion in the center of the cooking surface. The decorative color “flash copper” creates a sophisticated look with a metallic effect. Jury member Professor Carl Frech emphasized the “outstanding and not pretentious design that is independent in terms of its appearance, yet allows for a wide range of applications in different kitchen environments.”

Leyla Basaran expressed her pleasure on winning the Design Award immediately after the award ceremony held in Berlin: “I am totally overwhelmed by winning the award. I never expected to win and am therefore very excited. And the fact that my cooktop panel design will possibly even be manufactured means a lot to me!”

The goal of every product designer is to have his or her design become reality. SCHOTT gave the young designers this chance by offering the Design Award. “Participation was overwhelming,” said Björn Weller, Director of Marketing for CERAN® at SCHOTT, and added: “We definitely achieved our goal of supporting young talents and learning from them in offering the SCHOTT CERAN® Design Award. We are very pleased with the many fresh ideas and designs.”

The winner of the Jury Prize was awarded 3,000 euros in prize money. In addition, this design will be produced as a small series in cooperation with a partner in the home appliance industry. More information and a pre-order can be found at:

The two runners-up for the Jury Prize, Florian Rapp with his design “Upstairs” and Felix Poettinger with “Experan”, received 2,000 and 1,000 euros in prize money. Philip Molter won the Audience Prize for his design “Citylights,” which was also endowed with 3,000 euros and decided on by open voting online on the website of the Design Award in the summer. Pascal Schoenegg received the Special Prize from SCHOTT and 1,000 euros for his design “Ballin”.

CERAN® is a registered trademark of SCHOTT AG.

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,400 employees, sales of 1.87 billion euros were generated in fiscal year 2013/2014. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment.

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