Smeg makes refrigerators you’d expect to find in a factory built by Willy Wonka. They’re bright and come in almost every color, as well as a variety of patterns. The company is also well known for its retro line of appliances, which you can find in pastels and bright red. They are a luxury brand with prices to match, but $34,140 (€30,000) is ultra-premium. That’s the price Smeg expects its Dolce & Gabbana refrigerators to sell for. The designers teamed up with the appliance maker to create 100 limited-edition hand-painted FAB28 refrigerators.
“Every piece is unique, but they all tell a story consistent with our brand identity,” Dolce tells Vogue. “They might be kitchen appliances, but there’s something that is immediately identifiable as Dolce & Gabbana, from the Sicilian barrows to the Trinacria symbol to the marionettes to the Italian lemons and fruits.”
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We’ve heard of being a slave to fashion, but you’ll really need to commit your whole kitchen to these fridges, at least when it comes to incorporating them into your decor. Their decorative designs are full of medieval imagery and bring to mind an illuminated manuscript merged with a modern appliance.
Smeg’s fridges are very pretty but slimmer than a lot of fridges U.S. consumers are used to, and you won’t find a lot of the features you’d expect on similarly priced competitors. For example, this $2,000 model sold at West Elm has a single crisper drawer and no ice dispenser. To put things in perspective, Samsung has a $5,000 fridge with a 21-inch touchscreen built into it.
If you can’t afford $34,000 but really want to see the fridges, it’s probably cheaper to book a flight to Milan instead of buying one. They’ll be on display at the Salone del Mobile next week.