Every time I notice a SMEG fridge my pupils expand – I guess – from the cheery, characteristic retro view. Whenever I see one in a kitchen it feels like spotting a Fiat500 or a Vespa on the street: it’s love at first sight – for the hundredth time. Not a big surprise that SMEG, just like these two automotive brands is also Italian. Among cars, scooters and now apparently among fridges my genre is definitely the Italian. When I saw that fridge in the kitchen of ‘The Apartment’ in Hoxton Amsterdam (see the picture below) I decided to dedicate this post to SMEG, the most stylish refrigerator on Earth.
This kitchen appliance brand was founded back in 1948 by Vittorio Bertazzoni in Northern Italy and has become one of the country’s leading home appliance manufacturers. (They produce ovens, coffee machines, cooktops, hoods, dishwashers and accessories apart from the super popular fridges.) The brand is known for its tasteful and elegant solutions to the demands of contemporary living and also for high product quality. It represents perfectly the ‘made in Italy’ standards. The fact that these products became so iconic shows that the manufacturer has always known exactly how to combine technology with style.
Nowadays the SMEG fridges are available in various different colors (from mint green and baby blue, through butter yellow and ballet pink, to classy black and white, etc). By choosing your favorite color, you can easily personalize the kitchen.
With the help of the following images I would like to show you that these iconic fridges can be the superstars of the spaces they are placed in, and also how all these shades can fit into totally different styles of kitchens – modern, classical, country style, industrial, romantic, scandinavian, bohemian, etc.
The gleeful ice-cream hues can be combined with other pastel colors, like on the first two pictures below:
…or, what I like much more, they can appear as a surprising statement piece in a kitchen of more sober colors such as metal&beige, black&white, brick&wood – as you can see it on these photos below:
I also fancy when a certain tone, for example the mint-colour fridge has some “color-relatives” in the kitchen: other accessories and furnitures in light green, turquoise, or light blue:
In certain kitchens/kitchen-diners, SMEG fridges are deliberately placed to the fore, in central spots and are highlighted with extra, sometimes surprising accessories, such as antlers, plants, boxes or funny ‘duck-lamps’ (see the following five pics below). They are treated like sterling, proper pieces of furnitures:
For those, who like the shape of the design but candy colors are not their cup of tea (what a mixed metaphor?! – candy and tea?!) there are the classy black and white tones.
See for example these beautiful b&w scandinavian (on the left) or industrial (on the right) kitchens with one-one elegant black SMEG:
My ultimate favorite SMEG color is white: it’s elegant, unique, striking but not ostentatious. Look at these two here, one in a rustic house, one in an all-white home for example:
This clear, exquisite kitchen below with an excellent combination of white SMEG and tiny hexagonal tiles is simply perfect. I find this kitchen the most beautiful:
And also this one, where an elegant white SMEG is standing with a surprising mint-black wall unit, golden pendants and brick wall:
I hope sometime soon I’ll have one!