With its soft curves, clunky handles, and coloured body, the Smeg Fab fridge was designed to evoke a 1950s vibe. It was launched in the 1990s by Italian brand Smeg, and has since been dubbed the home appliance which melds fashion and function for its high-profile collaborations with lifestyle brands. 

  • Smeg started out in the enamelling and metalwork industry in 1948. Smeg stands for Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla, which is “Guastalla Emilia Enamel Works” in English.  
  • The Fab fridge is available in both right- and left-handed versions, as well as single- and two-door models.
  • Smeg has collaborated with many fashion and design brands, such as Italia Independent (which produced a denim-clad fridge) and Paul Smith (striped fridge) to release limited edition fridges. 

  • In an effort to be environmentally friendly, all Smeg refrigerators are packed using non-polluting, recyclable materials.
  • They’ve also been awarded Good to Excellent for its energy efficiency rating by the National Environment Agency.
  • The Fab fridge is not the company’s only iconic product – they also launched the world’s first 14-place setting dishwasher in 1970. 

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Trivia! The Fab fridge is a Hollywood favourite! In 2011, it was featured in Michael Bay’s TransformersDark of the Moon.

The fridges continue to be manufactured in Italy today. Smeg Fab fridges are distributed by APS Lifestyle.