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Smeg and Dolce and Gabbana, spectacular hommage to Sicily

Martha Taylor-Brown |
When Smeg joins forces with Dolce and Gabbana, you know the function will get the design in the best possible way. Indeed, their painted refrigerators are stunning and they may easily find their place in a museum.

Dolce and Gabbana found artists to make refrigerators and other kitchen appliances and we would like to collect them all, they are so fantastic. Here are just a few examples of this great collection. Alice Valenti from Catania draws inspiration from a personal interpretation of Sicilian folklore and its traditional themes. For Alice the discovery of carts came from her interest in “objets d’art” and the “roots of her family” in Sicily. Of course, the legendary carts wouldn't be possible without legendary donkey incorporated into a stunning piece of art.

Adriana Zambonelli and Tiziana Nicosia, mother and daughter, are another pair that love Sicily and its way of life. Tiziana was inspired by her mother and decided to create something new, a unique artisanal object, artistic transpositions of Sicily. They study the history of Sicilian art day after day and invent new ways of telling its story. A fantastic work art celebrates a combination of centuries of different cultural influences that shaped the island and its people. A depiction of a battle between the Saracens and Sicilians is the scene that will embellish your Smeg refrigerator for years to come. The price for refrigerators is around $35,000.

Decorated Smeg espresso coffee machine in 1950's style is another kitchen appliance for which you don't know should you turn it on or leave as it is and just look how beautiful it is. It is painted on areas exactly where it should be painted, without superfluous details but elaborate in every painted millimeter, this coffee machine will make your kitchen shine. Polished chrome and stainless steel work great together with warm colors that depict the Sicilian way of life. What makes this $1,500 coffee machine special is that you get two things in one: one of the best machines for great coffee and a piece of art.

Stand mixer is another of kitchen appliances you'll loooooooooooove! Cherries, the intense cerulean of the Sicilian sky, and the green of the prickly pear. The colours sparkle brilliantly, artfully juxtaposed in the cart decorations adorning the stand mixer. Accentuating the whole composition are delicate floral motifs that evoke the theme of spring. Smeg and Dolce and Gabbana nailed it on this one: it reminds us of happy hippie days, modernized and refined. The price varies up to $1,000 but it's worth every cent.

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