Dolce & Gabbana are known for paying less-than-subtle tribute to their Italian heritage, and specifically to the city of Sicily, through their runway collections. And now they’re taking their love of country to a very different kind of canvas of a wonderfully odd new collaboration, for foodies with serious brand loyalty—and deep pockets.
The designers have teamed up with an Italian appliances brand Smeg, producing 100 limited-edition FAB28 refrigerators, all of which are hand-painted by artists specially commissioned by Dolce and Gabbana themselves. And each fridge reportedly took an average of 240 hours to paint, making each unit a one-of-a-kind artwork. As Dolce explains, “Every piece is unique, but they all tell a story consistent with our brand identity. 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.”
Hand painted with prints that we’ve seen pop up in past collections from the fashion house, each fridge will be available through Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana for about $34,140. The entire collection will officially debut next week on April 13 during Salone del Mobile in Milan. “These are really the perfect collector’s pieces,” says Gabbana. “And even though our companies are in different sectors, there are still similarities, like a passion for creativity and innovation, attention to quality and details, and, of course, a love of Italy and Italian-made products.”