Dolce&Gabbana teamed up with SMEG for a truly-unique and special collaboration: the design of a series of one-of-a-kind special edition FAB28 refrigerators, transforming these already-iconic products into literal works of art! Belonging to two different industries, but united by their strong Italian values and tradition of “Made in Italy”-excellence, and background of family-ownership and creativity, the two companies have combined their unique specialties and sensibilities.
The result is the Frigorifero d’Arte, the Refrigerator of Art, a limited edition series of FAB28 refrigerators each with unique Dolce&Gabbana styling. No two are alike, but each feature images hand-painted by Sicilian artists, with each refrigerator a unique piece by a specific artist. Lemons, the trinacria, cart wheels, medieval knights, battle scenes, Sicilian landscapes, all elements of Sicilian puppet theater and famed carretto Siciliano, the Sicilian cart, as well as being important elements of the personal design aesthetic of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana themselves. Embellished with floral motifs, all of these exclusive refrigerators are the product of a meticulous eye for detail, and combine SMEG’s manufacturing quality and engineering know-how with Dolce&Gabbana’s creativity and masterful artisan worksmanship.
Sicilian painters, highly-skilled in complex decorative arts, and possessed of a particular appreciation for the treasures of the past, have turned these refrigerators into unique interpretations of Sicilian folklore. The result is a combination of their passion, their profound creativity, and their appreciation of their Sicilian heritage.
All their work is extremely recognisable and bears their personal touch. All the creations by the Bevilacqua brothers are dominated by bright yellow, intense blue, emerald green and deep black, representing the Sicilian sun, sea, hills and the lava on Mount Etna.
Adriana and Tiziana, mother and daughter, both Sicilian and both from, Catania, they work together in a volcanic symbiosis, forming an explosive couple. Their secret is their love for Sicily, for culture, tradition and, naturally, for the art of the Pupi. The age-old culture of the carts, an important part of Sicilian “architecture”, is a source of endless inspiration for them.
Alessandro Forte paints portraits, sacred scenes and still lifes, the majority of which are painted from life using real models. He has participated in numerous exhitibions in Italy and abroad, and his creations can be found churches and public offices throughout the Catania region.
Born in Catania in 1975, Alice still lives and works in the city. For Alice the discovery of carts came from her interest in “objets d’art” and the “roots of her family”. As the only woman amongst the very few painters of carts to inherit this age-old and complex decorative art.
Biagio Castilletti had a great admiration for carts ever since he was a child, and never missed an opportunity to draw them on every piece of paper within his reach. Biagio met Damiano Rotella in 2003. Since then the professional lives of the two artists became entwined. Biagio started to visit Damiano’s workshop, giving him advice and support. This led to a friendship based on trust, mutual collaboration and a passion for craftsmanship
Flavia Pittalà was born in Paternò. In 2015 completed her degree at the Accademia delle Belle Arti, specialising in painting. It is to this art that she decided to dedicate herself with passion, creating religious-themed paintings and participating in numerous exhibitions in the area.
Gaetano Daniele Di Guardo, in addition to painting mainly on canvas in a dreamlike, surreal style, he teaches courses in local schools and introduces young people to the recurring techniques of Renaissance art. In recent years he rediscovered the values of the Sicilian painting tradition and became impassioned about cart decoration.
Gianfranco Fiore discovered the world of the Sicilian cart and fell in love: he began frequenting the prestigious workshops of the few master craftsmen still in operation and learned traditional decorating techniques from them. He then opened his own studio in Partinico and tracked down damaged carts and restored them with the aim of conserving the carts themselves and passing on the tradition.
Michelangelo Lacagnina at just 5 years old, he decided to draw the 40 cards of the Sicilian deck. Since then he has been painting, sculpting, engraving, inlaying and generally expanding his knowledge of the oil, tempera, charcoal and mosaic techniques in an expressive style that has been distinctively his own from the outset.
Since he was a boy, Michele Ducato has pursued an interest in cart painting, an art that has been handed down in his family for three generations, starting with his grandfather who opened an atelier. Working with his father, he is passionately devoted to the decoration and scrupulous restoration of Sicilian carts. Their aim was sharing this art with an ever larger audience and making it accessible to young people.
Salvatore Sapienza's passion for the decorative arts started when he was only 13 years old. His story as a decorator of Sicilian carts began by chance, when he painted an old wheel. His father showed it to two veteran decorators. Salvatore began working with the decorators in their workshop. He quickly fell in love with cart art and soon it blossomed into his great passion.
Since 1973 the Patania family have been making the traditional Sicilian Pupi, the famous puppet, in Catania. The Patanias have built an artisan business which has Sicilian tradition and unique charm at its core. These “treasures of the past” are refined, harmonious and unique objects. They are the result of a passion for the craft, a sense of belonging to their land and a meticulous love for quality materials.
Tommaso Provenzano specialised in figurative painting, mosaics and restoration. In the paintings of Tommaso Provenzano, battle scenes of the paladins and medieval jousting contests are portrayed in an entirely personal way, distinguished by their bold colours that evoke Sicily’s sun-drenched landscapes: ultramarine blue, vermillion and yellow ochre.
Expertise from the worlds of high fashion and design meet and merge to create unique refrigerators with captivating decoration that uncovers an Italian story.