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The Future Lies Beneath the Counter Top

They say that what’s inside is what counts.  That couldn’t be more true when it comes to some of the newest technology for your kitchen.  The counter top is one of the most integral parts of your kitchen.  Besides being a major visual element running right through the center, it is also a functional element.  Did I say function?  How about a counter top that is also a cooktop?

Smart Slab by Sapien Stone as seen at KBIS 2017, almost invisible cooktop in counter top! Photo by Floor Nature


Earlier this year at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Orlando, SapienStone served pancakes on their ultra thin ceramic slab.  The Smart Slab incorporates adjustable heating and cooling elements below the surface.  The material, which is porcelain, is also microb-resistant. I don’t know if Smart Slab is the start of something we’ll all have some day but I do know that you should be considering porcelain as a very viable option for your kitchen counter top. It comes in a variety of textures and looks and is perfect if you are looking for a more matte finish.  It’s also anti-microbial and can be fabricated to give you a chunky or skinny look.  I still love my quartz and natural stone, in the right applications, but this is another option.




Smart Slab with embedded heating and cooling can also be used for a dining table as shown here.  Seems SO futuristic, no?  The cooking and plate warming are one thing but there’s also an option in case you need to chill- your beverage, that is. Check it out! Besides the function I also love the seamless minimalist-friendly look. Can you see this in your future?


Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.

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