Tony Phoenix-Morrison, also known as 'Tony the Fridge', a passionate fundraiser from Newcastle, is about to attempt to run 40 Marathons in consecutive days along the most unforgiving roads and terrain the UK has to offer carrying a 42.5kg Smeg FAB10 Fridge, all in aid of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the charity set up in memory of late England and Newcastle Manager, Sir Bobby Robson, to help detect and treat cancer early. Tony carries the fridge as a tribute to people who have been affected by cancer and have been or are currently battling the disease. Having lost close loved ones family members and friends over the years he has experienced first-hand how devastating this disease can be and so Tony decided dedicate his life to raising awareness and fundraising in this unique extraordinary way. As an organisation, Smeg also has been touched by cancer, also wanted to do something positive to help combat the disease, were keen to get right behind Tony's journey, and selected this cause as its national charity of the year 2013.
He first made the national news when he completed the 2011 Great North Run carrying a fridge, then in August 2012, he famously completed 30 Great North Runs in 30 Days, hitting hit the headlines when he was championed by Chris Evans and Alan Shearer, amongst others. Tony has continued to enter and complete in excess of 50 road races half & full marathons and even successfully completed a 12 hour treadmill challenge wearing his trusty 7-stone Smeg fridge.
In April 2013 Tony took on arguably the most difficult challenge so far, a 67.1 mile non-stop 24-hour run around Newcastle’s Quayside, which was an outstanding success but of course so physically and mentally demanding.
However, Tony just had to push himself further. On 3rd August 2013 Tony sets off on the 'Smeg Endurance Challenge' from John O'Groats to Lands End - running the full length of the country. Tony will tempt to break the world record in the process, running over 1,050+ miles across 40 days, equating a full marathon each day, with the weight of approximately 40 litres of water on his, just to make it harder of course.
Tony conceded that this latest challenge may be “a fridge too far” and went on to say “I have never actually ran 2 back to back marathons with a fridge let alone 40! But my awareness and fundraising campaign is all about tackling what is thought to be impossible and making it to the other side” “Cancer can beat you to your knees if you let it! My efforts are a tribute to the fighters and hopefully an inspiration to the sufferers not to give in” I have no doubt each day will be a fight for survival but I am ready for the challenge and fully accept the struggle and toil I am about to face”
Tony sets off from John O'Groats, heading south towards Inverness, then across the Cairngorms into Edinburgh, tackling ascents of 1,500 ft along the way. From here he will run south-east along the A68 to his hometown of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Upon departure Tony will continue south, passing through York then onto Nottingham. After Leicester he hits Milton Keynes before arriving in the capital. Leaving London Tony will run south west for the final leg of the journey, reaching the south coast at Southampton, before following the coast line westerly past Exeter and on to Lands End. 1,053 miles, the hard way
Yes, precisely that - in a library! Some time ago, FAB28RR1 decided that he needed to learn more, to occupy his mind and make some progress in the field of literature so he accepted a job in the Hoogeveen Library in Holland. FAB28RR1’s job is to promote all the newest collections of young adult books to the younger visitors of the Library, and he does this by using different themes. FAB28RR1 chooses content especially to captivate and delight the young target group.
Occasionally FAB28RR1 likes to surprise the visitors, especially when his door is closed because nobody suspects what is inside, they see him and ask themselves “what is a refrigerator doing in the middle of a library?” FAB28RR1’s presence stirs the curiosity of young visitors and encourages them to discover books with varied themes. He first promoted Young Jury books, then he was filled with romance…what will come next? You’ll have to go visit the library to find out! Have you ever seen such a cool bookcase?
SMEG50style interviewed a pretty chilled out FAB28 in Norway to reveal how he may be well on his way to being the next big hit out of Scandinavia since ABBA:
“Mamma mia, I was minding my own business waiting to have some minor alterations down to my frame when an acquaintance of mine, Bjorn, who turns out to be a pretty crafty guy - and die-hard muso - asked me to be in his band, The Powerpack. To be honest, I pretended to be cool about it but my shelves were shaking with excitement. I knew I had what it took to break into the music industry but someone just opened my door to a life in music. The rest, as they say, is history… "
Bjorn said he didn’t want me to take centre stage after hearing my voice but he then came around and said we could become a duo producing some chilled out bass sounds with him, as bass guitar supremo, and me, as the FAB bass speaker with 4 fitted 10" Celestion BL10-150 8ohm speakers (for those who get my pumping muso lingo). It was too good to turn down so I said ‘yes’ before I knew he was going to take to me with the router and power saw and to create my new “vocal chords”. Afterwards, I was fitted with sheep’s wool inside to make my range deeper than Barry White’s -despite my white exterior- and I was finally ready to play my first gig.
I’ll keep you all updated on how our first session goes and we may even add to the FAB family on tour as I hear Bjorn has conjured up a radical concept to transform my cousin, FAB10, into a sub woofer system as well. At least we can then hang and chill out together on tour…”
Have you got a Smeg fridge at home? Go to the kitchen and have a good look at it. What did you notice? Nothing? Go back to the kitchen and observe it again: how does it look? What have you put on the door? Have you decorated it with magnets? Have you put a memo board on it? Have you covered it with colourful post-it notes? Now you are getting a bit closer to what the artist Stuart Semple saw when he looked at the surface of the door and was able to gain such a deep understanding of a pop icon that he resurfaced with an excellent idea for a series of installations. A fridge door, my friends, is a page which tells a thousand stories. Unlike with a toaster or a blender, a fridge door is a space where people can leave notes and exchange messages and bit by bit that door can be customised for a highly personal effect, similar to an enormous, metal household social network webpage. Why does Stuart use the door of a Smeg fridge to display this Facefridge (or Fridgebook if you prefer)? In his words: “There’s something so gorgeous about Smeg fridges, they are just iconic in every way, they just personify refrigerator, they are timeless. I’ve always loved them, there’s something strangely nostalgic about them too”. Now go back to the kitchen and have a look once again at your personal profile - sorry, your Smeg fridge.
According to recent research by the University of La Paz, there is a direct relationship between the production of an artist and the creative stimulus of his working environment. It is said that Hayez painted within the Vatican rooms and that Vasari spent more time with the works of Michelangelo than he did with his wife.
In short, when a genius is surrounded by art he creates even more art.
It is natural to ask ourselves what would have happened if the greats of the past had been able to have one of the models from Smeg’s 50’s Retro Style line in their studios.
Perhaps today we would be celebrating the cubist FAB of Picasso, people would be queuing at the museum to see “Woman with fridge” and Duchamp would have exhibited “Le réfrigérateur”.
You should therefore understand just how lucky contemporary artists are, since they are the only ones to be able to draw upon the beauty of household appliances to give form to their own beauty. A bit like what the Italo-Dutchman Selwyn Senatori did (www.selwyn.nl). A successful exponent of neo pop-art, Selwyn applied his paint and his style to his personal collection of FABS and then displayed them in a beautiful exhibition at the Piazza Dam Pop-Up Gallery in Amsterdam.
Let me introduce myself. I am FAB30, I am a sociologist by profession and if by chance you mistook me for a simple fridge, all the better: it means that my cover is working.
For years I have searched for a privileged viewpoint on contemporary society and its least reachable element, the new generations. And at last I have found it.
I delved into the most intimate and private of places of young people today: their kitchen. It is here where the daily drama of the average 30 year old of the third millennium unfolds, with all his professional instability, hope and frustration, and financial and emotional fragility.
I observe everything and finally I conduct my investigation in the field.
When I learnt that the Spanish director Mercè Vila Godoy intended to put these same themes on stage in the show “Next year will be better”, I did not have to think twice and left for Barcelona.
Guess who is rubbing shoulders with the actresses on the stage at the La Villaroel theatre? You’ve guessed it: I also managed to infiltrate here, too.
Let’s do this in an orderly fashion. First of all, you should know that this is a true story. Now then, some time ago, an alert popped up at the Metropolitan Police 's HQ, a system monitoring unusual goings on across the web.
Their attention was caught after spotting some messages on Twitter from people claiming to be inside a fridge. Further investigations led the riot squad, kitted out in full uniform, to the East End of London, a place by the name of Artillery Lane. The building, raided by the policemen, was furnished in a vintage style dating back to a bygone era, the trendy 1950’s. The place was called the Breakfast Club. Nobody knows if it was the eclectic and unmatched style, colour, or even the messages and tweets which led them to this secret detention place, but the policemen were instantly directed towards a solitary Smeg fridge in the building. They opened it ,and, with amazement, discovered that the fridge door was infact the secret passageway to a cell jam-packed with prisoners. They were special prisoners though: captured to lead a life of fun and relaxed small talk, held on the grounds of their passion for places with unique style, hostages of design.
To the policemen, the relaxed atmosphere and the quality of the food and endless menu of drinks the place offered gave them no alternative other than to also declare themselves prisoners for a couple of hours in the bar inside the fridge, run by the Mayor of the mysterious Scaredy Cat Town.
There are many ways in which to measure the eclecticism of a design line. You might want to examine how many different and varied decorative styles it can fit with, or you could subject it to the aesthetic judgement of many different types of human beings and then draw your conclusions from the given responses.
But the definitive test, the final judgement, can only be decided by the test of the “Were-rabbit”. The test is the answer to one simple question: which electrical domestic appliance, which design line, which brand is courageous enough to be associated with an enormous and completely surreal and bizarre were-rabbit without ruining their corporate image or suffering a decrease in sales? Which electrical domestic appliance, which design line, which brand can come away from such an association with their eclecticism enriched?!
Well, you all know that the Smeg fridge passed this test with full marks! The truth is here on this very page, in the scenes of the successful animation Wallace & Gromit.
In the words of Nick Park, the director and screenwriter of the film: “A lot of my childhood memories are of very much about 1950s furnishings and household items. I always use things I remember from my childhood in my films so there’s no doubt my upbringing has affected the world Wallace & Gromit live in”.
In Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, in Michelangelo’s David, in Keith Haring’s murals, there is always something that is often ignored. Think for a moment: why do people always talk about paintings, sculptures, and murals and never about canvas, marble or walls?
Yes, the art is important, but the material hidden underneath it is just as important. For this reason, the phenomenology of the canvas, the semiotics of marble, and the philosophy of the wall on which the graffiti sits are legitimate disciplines that we think merit some attention from the public. At this point, amongst the most deserving of considerations we insert the most recent of these noble disciplines: Smeg refrigeration.
We take the opportunity therefore to praise the initiative of the noted urban artist Remi/Rough from London, who decorated 3 Smeg FAB10 fridges on behalf of Havana Club rum: a perfect example of art that dignifies the material upon which it is made, and vice versa. Smeg aesthetes from all over the world, unite.
I am a private detective with the FAB Bureau of Investigation, I cannot reveal my name as I am working undercover. I am on a top secret mission (security grade 4), but I am forced to speak to you because I need your help. Since my colleague was demoted to the department of kitchen pan design, I’ve been left alone to follow the trail of all the 50’s Retro Style appliances roaming the world. It is a near-impossible mission. Their numbers are great and they replicate rapidly in all 4 corners of the earth, from California to South Korea, from Russia to Portugal.
Nethertheless, it should be child’s play, because 50’s Retro Style products have one weakness: they will only hang around the coolest locations on the planet. I appeal to all the people that frequent cool places: when you meet a 50’s Retro Style appliance report it to me immediately at the following address firstname.lastname@example.org and, if you manage to capture a photo of it, send me that too. I beg you to help me, my boss has just threatened to transfer me to the department of dog grooming accessories design.
The map that reveals FABs in the coolest locations on the planet: investigate!