The new Dolce Stil Novo line of Smeg home appliances first made its debut at Eurocucina 2016.
In a design that lets opposites meet – darkness becomes light, functionality merges into the aesthetic – Dolce Stil Novo presents design and style innovations that enhance the products in the range, so that they become the focal point of their environment. Dolce Stil Novo is an extremely structured range made up of 60 and 45 cm ovens, multi-functional drawers, gas, induction and mixed hobs, hoods, wine cellars and coffee machines, allowing a wide variety of combinations to be obtained.
The stylistic feature that identifies the new aesthetic is the use of noble materials, colour and light which characterize volumes with an even, monochromatic surface, enhanced by refined details, above all copper trims, which outline the upper and lower edges of the glass and return as a leitmotif of the whole range.
If the language of design has accustomed us to the association between technology and minimalism understood as cold rigour, the Dolce Stil Novo collection gives these terms a new interpretation: the removal of design avoids exhibited formalisms and excesses to bring out a concept of refinement and elegance that are imposed first of all on the sense of sight to then reveal, with great intuitiveness during use, their technological content.
As always, in the Smeg tradition of design, the new aesthetic concept of Dolce Stil Novo integrates advanced technological solutions and simplicity of use of the various home appliances, to be appreciated in the types of product.
The range is made up of 60 cm pyrolytic and multifunctional ovens, compact combined microwave and steam ovens.
When switched off, the ovens appear as elegant volumes through the reflecting and uninterrupted glass surfaces. When switched on, they reveal their functionality: a cavity that is completely visible for the whole cooking period, the glass is free of screen printing as the touch controls appear back-lit on the colour display, whilst the handle, a fine band also made of glass, is self-extracting when in use or is extracted by a slight touch.
The product range in Singapore comes in two versions: Premium (all the functional elements are recessed) and Top (with external handle and touch controls). The refined detail of the copper upper and lower trim and on the handle when it is external, and the closing of the door slowed down by a Soft Close mechanism, are common to all the types.
The gas hobs with laminar burners represent a new record of efficiency: the burners, a new Smeg patent, produce a single, vertical blade of fire, which guarantees maximum yield as all the heat dispensed is transferred perpendicularly to the pan. The stainless steel grates are covered with a Titanium treatment which increases their resistance, in particular to heat. The design of the burners perfectly integrated into the stainless steel hobs or in the ceramic models make them extremely elegant. Available in the versions with 4/5/6 burners, the hobs with grates with more creative designs taken from nature, such as birds, butterflies, leaves and fruit, represent the creative soul of Smeg and transform the hob into a work of art with a strong aesthetic impact, guaranteeing the same performances as those offered by standard grates.
The plusses of the range of the induction hobs are even more refined, all played out on the contrast between black and light. Elegant grey screen printing, evident but not invasive, define the Multizone (from 1 to 3), while a particular study on glass was carried out to use white light LED in the touch commands: the cooking temperature is regulated by sliding the finger along the hob, which automatically detects the presence of a pan and activates the controls on that spot. The special functions include: one to slowly melt delicate ingredients such as butter and chocolate, one to keep the dish at the right temperature and one to control sauces and soups when boiling so that they do not stick to the pan.
To make the alignment of the different appliances equipping large technological walls, which are visually attractive and organized for specific purposes, increasingly functional and not only aesthetic, Smeg offers a series of drawers, again with a front in glass and copper/stainless steel strip: a heating drawer, an extra practical aid to have serving dishes at the perfect temperature to take to the table, a sommelier drawer for the wine cellar to hold utensils for opening, tasting and storing wine and a sous vide drawer which allows sealing food sous vide both to store it for longer and to cook it.
In the new Dolce Stil Novo coffee machines, the functional part looks like a window cut out of a frame of thick black glass with a copper/stainless steel upper and lower trim. The main novelty is the possibility of making mixed drinks requiring milk as well as coffee, thanks to the “cappuccinator”: a built-in jug where the mixture is made to then serve it directly. The various operations are controlled by the display with touch controls back-lit by white LED: the various possibilities include the menu which can personalize the drink by choosing the strength of the coffee and the characteristics of grinding and roasting.
The trend of kitchens to have very deep counters of more than the standard 60 cm and being organized in island or peninsula compositions where the ceiling hood is penalizing, has led Smeg to offer the Down Draft version that recesses into the counter. It offers exceptional performances with respect to the standard starting from extraction for a height of 500 mm (against the 350/400mm). Remotely controlled, it has highly advanced anti-crushing safety devices and automatic blocks in the case of objects that prevent it from opening and closing properly. Aesthetically, the part that emerges from the counter is black glass with copper trims: this also makes it compatible, as well as with the other Dolce Stil Novo home appliances.
In a hyper-specialized world such as that of wine connoisseurs, the home cellar deserves a treasure chest-home appliance where the various parameters that ensure storage have been studied and can be controlled by the user with great accuracy.
In the maximum respect of the ideal conditions to store fine wines as best as possible, the new Smeg wine cellars take advantage of the most highly advanced technologies to control the chemical and biological phenomena to which they are subject. The materials used in their conception are the result of expert research, in collaboration with expert sommeliers who have contributed to producing a range of products with excellent technical and qualitative features. Impeccable from the point of view of efficiency and reduced energy consumption, they provide highly advanced performances.
Of the most significant solutions, the one that makes the difference is having positioned the control panel with a touch display directly on the door: the space recovered is thus distributed between the shelves which, further apart, can house bottles larger than the classic Bordeaux bottle. The front display also allows controlling the various functions with the door closed, avoiding sudden changes in temperature which would have an influence on the efficiency and the state of storage of the wines. It comes in two versions: 45 cm for 18 bottles contained in a single compartment, with a push-pull opening, and an under-counter version of 82 cm for 38 bottles divided into two separate compartments. In this case, the two areas of temperature can be managed totally independently, from 5° C to 20° C. Each compartment has LED lighting, a fan that ensures a uniform temperature and an active carbon filter for optimal air quality.
Connoisseurs will notice a reference to the noblest traditions of wine production when opening the door of the 45 cm cellar: the removable and extractable shelves are made from Slavonian oak. Smeg confirms, in this product family as well, that it excels in attention to even functional details: the extractable shelves in the 45 cm cellars have a shaping that allows safely housing transversally even bottles such as champagnottes or magnums.
Developed and made wholly in Italy, the Dolce Stil Novo home appliances make Smeg a real and virtuous example of a totally Italian company. Through its new aesthetic, Smeg imagines a high-end kitchen where the appliances are technologically advanced at the same level and aesthetically uniform and which can be integrated and bring further added value in terms of beauty.