The art on the Sicilian Spectacle refrigerator, one of eight available at Neiman Marcus and painted by Gianfranco Fiorein for Dolce & Gabbana, was inspired by that of the Opera dei Pupi, the traditional puppet theater that regales the exploits of Charlemagne’s knights. The panels portray epic battle scenes in which the French paladins confront the Saracens.
Vivid reds, oranges, yellows, blues, and greens are evocative of the island of Sicily, home to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The pattern is reminiscent of vintage majolica. The kettle—part of the Sicily Is My Love small-appliances collection, a collaboration with Smeg—will be available in the spring.
Taratatà is not painted by the Michelangelo, but its author is artist Michelangelo Lacagnina. The inspiration comes from traditional Sicilian songs and dances, particularly the tarantella and the alliterative Taratatà whose name mimics the sound of a drum. In the month of May, that drum roll is performed in Casteltermini to propitiate the fertility of the soil. Traditional costumes and the choreography of the dancers are depicted on all three panels, two of which reveal famous sites in the background—the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti in Palermo and Piazza del Duomo in Catania. The mandolin, guitar, drums and bummuli that accompany the dances are shown in the upper panels, and a map of Sicily graces the top. This is a side view.
Your English muffin, bagel, or crusty pane will be the toast of the town when it emerges from the D&G toaster.
Pictured is a side view of the Three-Pointed Island refrigerator, now available at Neiman Marcus. The decorative motifs are inspired by the triangular form of Sicily and by the cities that define those points. Trapani is represented by a tuna catch just off the island of Favignana. A battle scene reinterpreting Hellenistic ceramics and an eagle crowned with a crenellated tower refer to Siracusa, the cradle of Greek civilization on the island. A heraldic banner, painted on the top and one side, evokes Messina. The upper part of the front panel features the trinacria, the island’s symbol.
Find your favorite biscotti recipe, and drop the ingredients into this stand mixer that appears as a work of art. Stylized flowers, diamonds, scrolls, and star shapes make for a lively mix, part of the Siciliy Is My Love collection of appliances.
Pictured is a side view of the Three-Pointed Island refrigerator.
A reinterpretation of a Saracen shield sits on top of the Moors refrigerator. The Saracens had a profound influence on the culture and history of Sicily, as they dominated the island in the 9th and 10th centuries.
“Jousting Paladins” by Gianfranco Fiore portrays the playful spirit of those games of the Carolingian paladins, depicted traditionally on the sides of Sicilian carts. It captures the romance of the tournaments, when knights would measure battle skills against each other, vying for the attention of princesses and noblewomen.
You might burst into a round of “O Sole Mio” as you blend to your heart’s content with this new model from the Sicily Is My Love collection of appliances, available next spring (retailer TBD).
A pair of angels and a vase of flowers decorate the top Sicilian Spectacle refrigerator, now available for purchase at Neiman Marcus.
Imagine how delizioso your espresso will be when it trickles out of the espresso maker, decorated with the iconic Sicilian carretto.
“The Sicily of Cavalleria Rusticana” was painted by Michele Ducato and was inspired by the themes and imagery of the cart-painting tradition of western Sicily. Bold checkerboard and star ornaments enrich all the surfaces in an explosion of color. The central panel highlights two key episodes from an opera based on a novella by Giovanni Verga and composed by Pietro JMascagni. The puppets of Villa Palagonia are depicted on the sides. The historic dwelling is also known as the Villa of Monsters because of the abundance of bizarre statues.
Your mind might drift off to the Italian countryside as you juice your fave fruits in this colorful appliance. Prickly pears and lemons are featured at the base of the vividly patterned slow juicer.
Another example of imagery inspired by scenes from Sicilian carts, this refrigerator by Michele Ducato tells the story of Saint Genevieve on the front panel, finding her in the forest. Around the central oval are star and mascaruni (sun) motifs. Fret patterns continue onto the sides, where the image of the ancilieddu (little angel) appears repeatedly. On top is the trinacria, the symbol of the shape of Sicily. The allover bow-tie motif is like wallpaper.