Dazzling Hand Painted SMEG Refrigerators by Dolce & Gabbana
Art & Design
Design buffs who covet the rounded, solid-colored ‘retro’ charm of SMEG refrigerators were treated to a radical SMEG makeover by Dolce & Gabbana last week. On display during Milan Design Week, the collaboration between the Italian fashion house and the Italian appliance company featured a display of Frigorifero d’Arte (Refrigerator of Art), a collection of limited edition SMEG FAB28 models, each refrigerator turned into a dazzling canvas for colorful hand-painted Sicilian motifs and narratives. Calling the collaboration a merging of “SMEG quality and technology and Dolce & Gabbana’s creativity and masterful artisan workmanship,” Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana hand selected the eight Sicilian artists chosen to swathe the refrigerators with traditional motifs common to Sicilian life–including those invoking the region’s Opera dei Pupi marionette theater tradition and the iconic Carretto Siciliano, two-wheeled horse-drawn carts, lavishly decorated with folklore emblems.
Fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana’s own signature iconography—fabrics with juxtapositions of geometrics and densely arranged florals and repeat patterning—is reflected in the vivid Frigorifero d’Arte SMEG line, every inch of the appliances’ exteriors laden with fanciful symbols and patterns, leaves and flowers, medieval narratives and folklore figures, applied by Sicilian painters and art directed by the fashion designers. Befitting this limited edition’s small number—a mere 100 refrigerators have been created—it’s painstaking workmanship, and its one-of-a-kind status as works of art, down to the artists’ signatures, is the collection’s elaborate price tag: approximately 30,000 Euros, or something like $33,000, per refrigerator. You thought the coolest fridge in the world comes cheaply?
Via Dolce & Gabbana