Dolce & Gabbana redefines "cool" with its latest designer collaboration.
A brush with history: Sicily is a major source of inspiration for the refrigerators in the new Dolce & Gabbana collaboration with Smeg, which draws on the rich tradition of elaborately painted Sicilian carts.
“We really do draw endless inspiration from Italy,” says Stefano Gabbana, half of the forever trendsetting duo behind Dolce & Gabbana, which, for the first time, has partnered with luxe Italian appliance brand Smeg on a limited-edition collection of hand-painted refrigerators. “Both Domenico [Dolce] and I love our roots and where we come from... it’s almost as if we are giving back to Italy everything we feel it has given to us.”
Each of the 100 Fab 28 Smeg refrigerators is unique, hand-painted, and signed by a Sicilian artist—including mother-daughter duo Adriana Zambonelli and Tiziana Nicosia; craftsmen Biagio Castilletti and Damiano Rotella; and brothers Antonio and Giuseppe Bevilacqua, both ceramics artists—and features iconic Sicilian images such as lemons, cart wheels, and the trinacria, the head of Medusa surrounded by three bent running legs.
“Vibrant colors, references to the local culture—it’s everything that we love and that reminds us of Italy,” says Domenico Dolce of the refrigerators, which retail for €30,000 (approximately $34,000). “Much of our work is all about the details. That’s something that’s always present and part of our brand DNA—this project is no exception.”