The most fashionable fridges and trendiest toasters are back for another year. Introducing the latest Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana collaboration: the ‘Blu Mediterraneo’ collection.
Smeg x Dolce & Gabbana Blu Mediterraneo Collection
Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana have announced their latest collaboration, an all-new ‘Blu Mediterraneo’ collection. The collection comprises a selection of small and large appliances crafted in celebration of the brands’ rich Italian heritage. The small appliance range comprises a toaster, kettle, espresso machine, grinder, milk frother, and citrus juicer, with large appliances, to follow, including two new fridges, plus matching range cooker and extractor, for real kitchen wow-factor.
Decorated with deep shades of blues and tranquil whites, the collection promises to transport you straight to the South of Italy. The art is an ‘immersive journey to the depths of the Mediterranean ocean’, with a maiolica print that takes inspiration from the location’s atmosphere. The pattern is rooted in Southern Italy’s heritage, providing a tribute to its values of artistry and ‘Fatto a Mano’, translating directly to ‘handmade’, which have been preserved and passed down through generations. The design details link back to Dolce & Gabbana’s home of Sicily, a celebration of the province’s culinary favourites and traditional dishes. Each model in the collection is finished with the hallmark ‘Made in Italy’ emblem.
When will the collection be available?
Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana’s Blu Mediterraneo collection is available to pre-order from 20 September from Smeg’s Flagship London store, 14 Regent Street, St James’s, SW1Y 4PH, or via shop.smeguk.co.uk. From October/November, selected stockists will include Harrods, John Lewis, and Harvey Norman in Ireland.
What will be in the collection?
The collection comprises a selection of small and large appliances. The small appliance range comprises toaster, kettle, espresso machine, grinder, milk frother, and citrus juicer. Large appliances, to follow, include two new fridges, plus matching range cooker and extractor.
- Toaster – £599.95 – Available October
- Kettle – £599.95 – Available November
- Coffee Grinder – £799.95 – Available October
- Espresso Machine – £1249.95 – Available October
- Citrus Juicer – £599.95 – Available November
- Milk Frother – £649.95 – Available October
- Mini Bar – £3999.95 – Available October
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From The Archive: When Did The Collaboration Start?
Article from 4 April 2016, by Josh Barrie:
Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg have collaborated to produce 100 of these beautiful £30,000 fridges.
We like these fridges. They’re a collaboration between two iconic Italian brands – Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg.
Together, the fashion label and fridge company have created 100 designs of meticulous detail and vibrant colour. Each fridge has been hand painted, and comes as part of a ‘Made in Italy’ initiative that celebrates ‘family tradition and the importance of maintaining local roots’.
Using Smeg’s FAB28 fridge, known for its retro style and pastel shades, Sicilian artists have composed provincial symbols and used evocative colours to bring each fridge to life. It’s an odd canvas, but a cool one. Scenes include Italian favourites such as fresh lemons, the trinacria flag, cart wheels, medieval knights, and battle scenes.
The fridges incorporate the famous aesthetic of fashion pairing Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana alongside Smeg’s heritage and craftsmanship. Above anything, they’re great places to keep the cream for your pannacotta fresh until the weekend.
Artists include Salvatore Sapienza, who has been restoring and decorating Sicilian carts since the age of 13, and mother and daughter pairing Adriana Zambonelli and Tiziana Nicosia, whose volcanic pieces they produce in their Catanian workshop have been exhibited across the globe.
Happily, the fridges are for sale – though you’ll have to fork out £30,000 to pick one up. They did each take 240 hours to complete, I suppose. The collection is to be presented during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2016, taking place in Milan from 12 to 17 April.
The 2023 collection will be available from 20 September at shop.smeguk.co.uk