World-renowned fashion powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana has recently teamed up with the Italian appliance company SMEG to craft a collection of vibrant, avant-garde kitchenware. The line is called “Sicily My Love” in reference to its attempt to embody the beauty of that island and the culture of Southern Italy, which D&G designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce both call home. Adorned with important patterns and figures from Sicilian folklore, the collection proudly displays the brands’ shared heritage in a marriage of function and art and makes extensive use of floral, fruit, and bird imagery.
This elaborately-decorated kitchenware will bring a taste of Sicilian paradise to your home and undoubtedly be a talking point among all of your guests. The line features citrus juicers, toasters, coffee machines, blenders, kettles, stand mixers, and slow juicers. Since they’re all so visually striking, it’s going to be very hard to resist buying them all up at once!
2015 marked the first instance of collaboration between the two companies, in which they designed and produced 100 hand-painted refrigerators for the Salone Del Mobile design fair in Milan. The collection was called “Frigorifero d’Arte,” and each one of its FAB28 fridges bore a hefty price tag of £36,000 — not a casual purchase by any stretch of the imagination. Nonetheless, the craftsmanship and artistry that went into making these refrigerators resulted in a product of unmatchable quality that was completely unique from any competing models. The designs were a smash hit around the world, proving the partnership to be a success and solidifying a relationship that would continue to produce artful magic in the years to come.
Inspired by the importance of family and respect, it makes perfect sense for these collections to come in the form of home additions. By creating innovative appliances that blur the lines between fashion, design, and technology, SMEG and D&G have demonstrated once again that there are no limitations in the world of design.
Encompassing the true spirit of Sicily, the companies’ newest line of kitchenware is adorned with prickly pears, bright cherries, citrus fruits, and acanthus leaves, all of which have been painted in Dolce & Gabbana’s characteristically quirky and vibrant style. Framed with traditional triangular decorations known as “crocchi” and covered in delicate floral patterns inspired by Mount Etna and the Southern coasts, these appliances are certainly SMEG’s most colorful designs to date.
Each piece is seen as a celebration of Sicilian culture and highlights the province’s rich culinary history and picturesque landscapes. Expanding beyond Sicily, some of the appliances have been embellished with images of Italy’s most popular dishes. Naturally, each item bears its own “Made In Italy” hallmark.
The haute couture kitchenware is slated to be in stores this October, so cross your fingers and toes that these tabletop appliances will be relatively cheaper than the companies’ full-sized fridges! Based on some of these pictures, it looks like the collection will be more than worth the wait. Plus, it’ll be coming out just in time for Christmas!