From Jennifer on December 7th, 2009 in Home Decor
Someone has finally realized that our refrigerators should be beautiful, too. That they can reflect our personal styles and even serve a creative function. Leave it to the Italians to infuse art into our lives. It should come as no surprise that an Italian company, Coolors, has introduced custom-designed refrigerators, range hoods and wall panels. No longer eyesores in the kitchen, your appliances can actually become sexy focal points.
Since I love Manhattan, this one definitely speaks to me. The Manhattan is a dark nightscape of the Big Apple that wraps neatly around the front and sides of the refrigerator. Although the background is black as night, the majority of the fridge is white with city lights. The contrast of light and darkness is what really draws you in, just like the city itself.
The Taita design is one that’s more art-deco in nature. Again, it has a stark contrast within its black and white design, but this time, with a minimalist artistic pattern. The solid background is punctuated with circular swirls that fill up just a few sections of the fridge. They look like elegant tree branches that have grown into perfect curlicues.
The Toro Rosso is definitely a conversation piece that invokes passion and mystery and wonder. Although torro rosso is “red bull” in Italian, the abstract bright red and gold design seems to call for personal interpretation. A moon sliver over a vertical landscape? Or just an angry bull with a nose ring? Let your kids make up a story.
I identify more with the 1980s than I do the 70s, but this black and white refrigerator design has a certain sense of darkness and defiance that calls to me. The front features a man with windblown hair covering much of his profiled face. It’s rather mysterious. What is he thinking? What is he looking at?
Oceano di Fumo
This fridge is for the nature lovers who long for walks on the beach at dawn. Oceano di Fumo is a black-and-white photoscape of water flowing over rocks and sand. Can you make it from the near bank to the opposite shore atop the cresting rocks without falling in? Maybe not while standing in your kitchen, but it’s definitely a scene that can transport you from stressing about your day to relaxing seaside.
This design reminds me a little of the Manhattan, but instead of looking at the city skyscape, you’re down on the street looking up at the enormous structures surrounding you. The photo-style design forces you to realize that you are so small by comparison. It really puts things into perspective.
This refrigerator immediately has me humming tunes from The Sound of Music and conjures up the image of Christopher Plummer singing “Edelweiss” and getting all choked up as Julie Andrews enters to save him. Although the Edelweiss fridge design is a gray backdrop with a silhouette of the winter-thriving flower, all I see when I look at it is the nostalgia of my childhood watching one of the most classic movies of all time. Not a bad way to pass the many hours I spend in the kitchen.