Rethinking the fireplace

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Today we will look beyond the cooking surface for some insight into another special glass-ceramic product from SCHOTT: fire-viewing panels. This was precisely the topic at the first SCHOTT ROBAX® Design Award. SCHOTT called on design students to bring the feel of a fireplace to the outdoors and design an outside fireplace with built-in ROBAX® fire-viewing panel.

The feel of a fireplace not only for the living room

We probably all feel the same. As soon as the days get longer and the first rays of sun warm our faces in the spring, we yearn for the outdoors and can hardly wait for long evenings grilling out with family and friends in the yard, on the porch or balcony. But what if we could extend these outdoor hours with an injection of additional warmth and coziness? Outside fireplaces with glass-ceramic viewing panels provide just such an opportunity. They are set up outside and provide not only a safe view of the fire, but are also a real eye-catcher in yards and porches.

Excellent designs

More than 80 participants answered the call of the ROBAX® Design Awards to design an outdoor fireplace. In the end the design “Dome” by Angela Wegmann (University of Applied Science Mainz) was declared the winner by the panel of experts. The awards presentation in March was held at the exclusive Westhafen Pier 1 in Frankfurt, and we at SCHOTT CERAN® were there as guests. The icing on the cake is that the six highest-placing designs at the awards ceremony were auctioned for a good cause to the guests of the fireplace manufacturing sector. These young designers thereby have the opportunity to actually have their design drafts realized and brought to market.

Riding the victory to Panama

The winner Angela confided to us that she invested about two weeks in her design concept and the modeling of her outdoor fireplace. She is going to fulfill a long-held wish with her prize money – a trip to Panama. We wish her a wonderful time and continued fun and success in her interior design studies.

Below is a list of all of the winning designs and Special Mentions.

  • First place: Angela Wegmann, University of Applied Science Mainz, design title: Dome (prize money 5,000 euro)
  • Second place: Jakob Tiefenbacher, FH Joanneum Graz, design title: Triangle (prize money 3,000 euro)
  • Third place: Rafael Rico Berti & Tim Besler, Offenbach University of Art and Design , design title: Agon (prize money 2,000 euro)

3 Special Mentions:

  • Leon Doering & Jo-Fabius Kossack, Bauhaus University Weimar, design title: Fypi (500 euro)
  • Joanna Sabisch, Hochschule Hannover, design title: Vesta (500 euro)
  • Manfred Loeprich: University of Design Schwaebisch Gmuend, design title: Ignis (500 euro)

Would you like to learn more about the Award and outdoor fireplaces? Find out more here.

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