MILAN––Not clay, but rather a merging of high fashion and design in Smeg and Dolce&Gabbana‘s Sicily is my Love collaborative collection. The collection showcases a dramatic intersection of craftsmanship and technology realized with Smeg’s distinctive refrigerators and other kitchen appliances elevated with hand-painted majolica-esque folklore motifs, DesignBoom reports.
The items feature traditional motifs included in a bold red and orange pattern, and a blue-and-white iteration inspired by maiolica ceramic pottery. The pieces are expected to be available later this year.
Hand painted by Sicilian artists, Dolce&Gabbana adds the appliances feature delicate floral motifs inspired by the coasts and landscapes of Southern Italy surrounded by ornamental friezes. Images of Mt. Etna ad picturesque ruins of the Greek temple of Castor and Pollux are also featured, Smegs writes, making the products distinct to the region.
All symbols of an aesthetic inextricably associated with Sicily, home to the souls of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, and more generally with Italy and its cuisine of which Smeg has always been an interpreter of excellence.
The colorful collection builds upon the team’s previous ‘Made in Italy’ collaboration of 100 unique hand-painted refrigerators, Smeg writes. This time with a focus on smaller products.
Toasters, citrus juicers, coffee machines, kettles, blenders, stand mixers and slow juicers all decorated with gold lemons, citrus fruits, prickly pears and bright red cherries are just some of the typical Sicilian decorations framed in triangular motifs called crocchi.
The collection premiered at the 2018 Milan Design Week and are expected to be available to the public later this year.
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