We believe that there are cooking spaces around the SCHOTT CERAN® glass-ceramic cooking panel, which are still unexplored and unexhausted. We named them FUSICS – because we’re curios about the function, urbanism, sustainability, illumination, connectivity and social experience they could have. 


So what are we looking for?

Keep the SCHOTT CERAN® glass-ceramic cooking panel in the center and create the space around it. Think of new kitchen block designs with combination of different materials. Integrate illumination and future technology. And keep in mind that today, kitchens are living spaces. Now it’s up to you: design your imagination with glass-ceramic and countless other materials.






We’re SCHOTT CERAN® – the German-based world market leader in glass-ceramic cooktop panels. “Never stop inventing” is not only our philosophy but also the way we’re working with and thinking about the material glass-ceramic. We believe that there are ideas that haven’t been elicited yet. And therefore, we’re always working on new solutions – with curiosity and passion. This spirit pushed us to a collaboration with designboom and the idea of a special design competition. 


Participation is open to applicants from every country in the world, to professionals, students, and design-enthusiasts. Free registration required. Participants should have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry.


The OFFICIAL RULES contains information about entry and prizes. Please read them carefully before entering.



SCHOTT CERAN® will award a total of 11,000 € in prize money.




01 – Subject of the DESIGN AWARD

Now it’s up to you, to bring our favorite material to the future. We named the unexplored cooking spaces around the SCHOTT CERAN® cooking panel FUSICS, because we’re curios about:




Cooking used to be done behind closed doors, but today the kitchen turned often to the heart of home. It’s no longer only a place to prepare food – it’s a place to enjoy cooking. This is when functions and features helps you to get out the best and most comfortable cooking experience as possible, e.g. by integrating a scale right under the glass-ceramic cooking panel. But this is only one idea. What’s yours?



It’s no secret that nowadays there are more people living in urban spaces than in rural areas. Living spaces become smaller, walls are giving away for open spaces. This increasing trend should be concerned in your design – maybe the cooktop panels are part of your dining table?



From the first idea through the production up to the shipping we always pay attention to resource friendly and energy efficient solutions. That makes SCHOTT CERAN® a completely eco-friendly glass-ceramic cooktop panel – and a perfect material to work with for the future. Use it for your ideas, give it another shape or color, combine it with other materials and think about environmentally friendly cycles and processes that will make your design extraordinary.

More information about glass-ceramic designs



There is always space for a hi-light, no matter if you use the illuminating element as a design or functional feature. Ambient Light will always set a unique mark at the cooking space, while a light guiding system shows the way to a perfect meal. Just find your way to illuminate your best cooking experience.

Find more inspiration 



Make the cooking space smart. Your conceptualized ideas of connectivity and mobility can play with an interactive and interconnected display as the control center of your cooking space or you use it as supporting element for your cooking experience – or you use it in a way we never thought about.



We believe that human beings will be the master chefs of the future cooking. Therefore, think the cooking space social, cultural, diverse and emotional. Design a space, you would love to spent time together with friends or family – in person or digital.




02 – Inspiration gallery 


the two pictures featuring hands ©

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03 – Awards

The creators of selected designs will receive cash prizes:

1st Prize € 5.000

2nd Prize € 3.000

3rd Prize € 1.500

SCHOTT Special Award € 1.500

+ 6 Honorable Mentions

A selection of the shortlisted entries has the chance to be exhibited internationally in 2017/2018.




04 – Jury

Sebastian Conran, product designer, UK

Gweanel Nicolas, Curiosity, architect, Japan  

Robert Cristinetti, product designer and entrepreneur, Germany

Andrea Maffei, architect, Italy

Helen Powell, design writer, UK

Johannes Riffelmacher and Thomas Kosikowski, chefs, Germany

William Sawaya, architect + Paolo Moroni, entrepreneur, Italy

Inga Sempe, product designer, France

Jeff Shi, Dragonfly, product designer, China

Michael Young, product designer, Honk Kong



05 – Design Criteria

Creative freedom, as a credo, is essential to this contest. Technological limitations or physical boundaries can be disregarded at this stage.

The entries should stand out thanks to their exceptional nature from the following perspectives:

• Overall concept: Cooking FUSICS (see 01)

• Degree of innovation

• Design quality

• Functionality and usability

• Practical value

• Creativity

Projects should not be currently in production and must stay confidential until the competition results are revealed.





06 – Registration and submission deadline

Application registration will be accepted from May 15th through July 31th. (23:59 GMT)





07 – Registration

Registration is now open. Please complete the form.

Teams should register with one name only. When submitting your work, you should supply all team members' names.




08 – Submit your entry/entries

There is no limit on the number of entries per person. If you are entering more than one entry, please submit each work separately. Images and text must be in digital format. Entries will NOT be accepted via physical delivery.

a. How many image files can I upload?

•  The work may be produced in any medium, but must be submitted as low-res JPEG (JPG) or GIF format.
•  Up to 8 images can be uploaded (either single or composition images).
•  All digital image files must be:
- 200 KB or smaller (a low-res version of your original work).
- must be of exact width of 818 pixels / 72 dpi
- RGB color mode.
• Video upload is not mandatory. The voluntary addition of up to 2 video files should be uploaded in either vimeo or youtube format. Then, the link of each video should be pasted in the proper field of the submission form. 


You should prepare your artwork in high resolution (300 dpi). The original high-resolution image(s) will be requested if your work is shortlisted.


b. Explanation

Please provide a brief description of your design.


c. You will be requested to accept the Competition Guidelines and Official Rules

Prior to submitting your work(s), and you will be asked to agree to the competition guidelines. By clicking on the submission upload button, you confirm that you have read and understand the terms and conditions. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH CREATE A CONTRACT BETWEEN YOU AND THE SPONSOR.

Please read them carefully. Below is only a short excerpt, in which we remind you that:
•  the work may not use any watermarks or artist signatures
•  submitted work must be original work by the applicant himself/herself
•  except for materials that are in the public domain, each submission, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material created by the entrant, or for which entrant has all rights required to comply with these official rules.
• the work must not be offensive, defamatory, harmful, vulgar, excessively violent, and racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.
•  it is important that you keep your design(s) confidential until the results of the contest are published.







09 – Results announcement

Shortlisted and winning entries will be announced mid-September.




10 – intellectual property rights

Any moral and paternity rights regarding the project sent in for submission is the designer’s property.


However, by submitting a design in the competition, the participant agrees to provide SCHOTT CERAN® with the right of first refusal to the exclusive use of the design. This option is valid for 6 months after the competition will end. In the event that SCHOTT CERAN® exercises the option to use the rights for production on an exclusive basis and sine die (without time limitations), SCHOTT CERAN® will pay a one-off fee of € 5.000 euro to the participant for the transfer of intellectual property rights of the selected designs which will be subject to a new agreement between SCHOTT CERAN® and the participant. 




By participating in the competition, all the participants authorize designboom and SCHOTT CERAN® to publish and exhibit all the designs (including project data submitted) – waiving compensation – at exhibitions and events and/or to use them in any publications and communications that designboom or SCHOTT CERAN® may deem suitable and/or necessary. In any cases, each time the creation is used, they must refer to the competition they originate from. designboom and SCHOTT CERAN® will credit the designer’s name to properly attribute authorship of work to promote the author adequately. designboom and SCHOTT CERAN® will have the right to apply minor change amendments without damaging the integrity of the artwork – e.g. add the SCHOTT CERAN® logo and text, reframing, translation, changing colors, cutting the background or parts of it, etc.


SCHOTT CERAN® intellectual property rights, (such as trademarks, logos, designs, copyright) remain its solely unique property and therefore can only be used for the purpose of this competition. With respect to the non-selected designs, participants shall retain full ownership of those works and are free to use them in whichever manner they deem appropriate without any reference to SCHOTT CERAN® nor to its intellectual property rights (trademark, logo, copyright, design, model etc.) duly registered by and/or belonging to SCHOTT CERAN®. 


In case of the entrant wishes to communicate this competition, the entrant will always mention the fact that this work was developed within the framework of a competition organized by DESIGNBOOM for SCHOTT CERAN® and not as part of a collaboration between the entrant and SCHOTT CERAN®.


please read the OFFICIAL RULES.




11 – Questions?

Please send inquiries to [email protected]

Please write in the subject line: SCHOTT CERAN® Cooking FUSICS





12 – Info on SCHOTT CERAN®