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Around Europe in One Hundred and Eighty Days

If you happen to be driving around Europe in the second half of 2014, pay attention – you might run into Hometta, the new motor home designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba. The home, sponsored by ADI, is currently preparing to embark on a huge European tour which will embody Art, Design and a Made in Italy ethos. Continue

THE COOLEST BOOKCASE

Where do you least expect to find a fridge?

Yes, precisely that - in a library! Some time ago,  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. Continue

CHILLED OUT TUNES FROM NORWAY WITH FABULOUS BASS CABINET

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… " Continue

THE ART OF STUART SEMPLE (AND THOSE OF YOU WHO BELIEVE THAT FRIDGES ARE FOR STORING FOOD)

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. Continue

WHAT WOULD AN ARTIST BE WITHOUTH HIS 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. Continue

HIDDEN BEHIND GREAT ARTWORKS

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? Continue

RED MAGNETIC FIELDS

One summer morning in 2010 Londoners woke up with an inexplicable sensation of vertigo. They leave the house after a cup of tea, and a sumptuous breakfast of bacon and scrambled eggs, and strangely, they feel strongly attracted to everything that is red. With the excuse of having to make an urgent telephone call tens of people squeeze inside phone-boxes seemingly about to burst. Continue

ARCIMBOLDO'S GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN

Do you remember the painter who famously painted food arranged to resemble faces and human beings? Noses were made from courgettes, cheeks were round ripe tomatoes, and hair was straw and savoy cabbage. Not only are artists of our time following in Arcimboldo’s footsteps, but they’re also doing it with a splash, in a tasteful and refined way. Continue

CULTURE AT-20° DEGREES

People, who believe that in minus zero temperatures the human mind begins to stop thinking and fall into a deep sleep, are making a big mistake. It is a common theory that when the temperature drops well below zero degrees everything stops functioning including a person’s mind and their capability of taking on ideas about new and cutting edge design and traditionally stick to what they know. Continue

THE FRIDGE AS A WORK OF ART

In the beginning, there were benefactors. Churches would commission artists to design large paintings that glorified creation, and the sovereign would hire sculptors and artists to come up with huge commemorative paintings of victories and battles. Then, times changed and the world become more secular, and the Giottos, Michelangeloes and other artistic giants were replaced by the likes of Selwyn Senatori, an eclectic Italian-Dutch artist who paints directly onto refrigerators. Continue

THE FRIDGE THAT SIMPLY LOVED TO HITCH HIKE

Let me introduce myself. My name is FAB28, an Italian fridge, baby pink in colour. I used to live in Ismaning, which is a small town near Munich. It’s a clean, neat and peaceful place, but perhaps just a little too quiet for someone who loves rock’n’roll and the crazy idea of travelling like a true roadie from place to place. Continue

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