The Dolce & Gabbana Smeg Fridge Is Available at Neiman Marcus
For those who love the often colorful retro styling of Smeg refrigerators, they’re already a work of art. However, the Italian brand partnered with Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana to create painted appliances more worthy of a museum than your meal prep. And now, the fridge is available at Neiman Marcus.
D&G originally tapped six Sicilian artists to paint an ode to the island’s traditions (including the carretto, or Sicilian cart, which are traditionally elaborately painted vehicles used during festivals and weddings, and pulled by donkeys) on 100 Smeg fridges for Milan Design Week 2016.
The collection, entitled Sicily My Love, then expanded to include small kitchen appliances at this year’s Salone de Mobile. Toasters, blenders, juicers, kettles, coffee makers and stand mixers feature traditional imagery like lemons, figs, landscapes, floral patterns, and other motifs.
And while we’re still waiting for those cute kettles and Mount Etna emblazoned blenders to become available, those with some serious cash to spend can head over to Neiman Marcus and buy a D&G Smeg fridge… for a cool $50,000.
There are eight available designs in total, varying from Moorish warriors and scenes from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana to jousting paladins and General Giuseppe Garibaldi. One, Taratatà, is based on a traditional Sicilian dance:
[The] name mimics the sound of a drum, [and] is performed in Casteltermini, in the province of Agrigento, during the month of May to propitiate the fertility of the soil. The choreography of the dancers in traditional costume is painted on all three panels, two of which have famous sites in the background, the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti in Palermo and Piazza del Duomo in Catania. In the upper panels are the musical instruments (mandolin, guitar, drums, bummuli) that accompany the dances, while a map of Sicily graces the top.
And if pattern-packed appliances aren’t your thing, we noticed that Neiman Marcus also has some $12,000 coolers from Smeg that are shaped like Fiats.