No one's probably ever called a toaster a work of art before. But in the case of Dolce & Gabbana's collaboration with SMEG, it's actually true. The Italian fashion house enlisted Sicilian artists to give the brand's retro style kitchen appliances a bold, Old World makeover.
The collection, "Sicily My Love," celebrates the rich decorative tradition of the island. Lemons, figs, landscapes, floral patterns, and other motifs adorn a variety of small appliances, including a toaster, juicer, coffee machine, and kettle. A blender has a coastal scene on one side, and active volcano Mount Etna on the other. While we definitely love the candy colored pastel hues of SMEG's retro line, it's safe to say these are standout statement pieces.
This isn't the first time the two Italian brands have worked together; last year, Dolce & Gabbana enlisted six artists to make over one hundred of SMEG's covetable retro FAB28 refrigerators, also with classic imagery. That collection was an homage to the carretto, or Sicilian cart, which are traditionally elaborately painted vehicles used during festivals and weddings, and pulled by donkeys.
The popularity of the retro look keeps growing, and SMEG is responding. Last year, the appliance company gave their 24" dishwasher the '50s treatment. Maybe a project for next year, D&G? Just a thought.
The collection will be on display at Salone del Mobile, the annual design show happening in Milan next week.
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