SMEG partners with Disney for Mickey Mouse fridge

Designer Italian appliance maker Smeg has collaborated with Disney to produce a limited edition Mickey Mouse FAB28 fridge. The brand recently collaborated with Dolce&Gabbana, the duo emphasising their Italian heritage. The Mickey fridge, whereon the world’s most famous mouse can be seen reaching for the handle, is far more of a pop culture tribute.

The Mickey Fridge was unveiled at SMEG’s 70th anniversary party, at its flagship London store (itself celebrating a one year anniversary – Inside ID was invited along to join the celebrations, pictured below). The model is a limited edition, with only 90 pieces being produced – this year being Mickey’s 90th birthday.

Each fridge is decorated with a limited edition silver plaque signifying it’s unique number.




The FAB28 is Smeg’s most widely recognised appliance design, embracing a retro Fifities look. The interior provides a total gross capacity of 281L, and has adjustable glass shelves, chrome shelving supports, metal wine racks, LED strip lights, an ice compartment and a Life Plus drawer, which keeps fruit and vegetables fresher for longer.

The FAB28RDMM3 Mickey Fridge retails for £1,699 and is only available from Smeg’s flagship store, located att 14 Regent Street, St James’s, London.

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Shibuya Stream opens in Tokyo’s most energetic ward

Shibuya in Tokyo is best known to visitors for that mecca for young fashion, Shibuya 109, and the iconic chaotic pedestrian crossing outside Shibuya station. But that could be about to change, with the opening of new entertainment development Shibuya Stream.

Build around the Shibuya River (yes, Shibuya does apparently have a river), it’s a traverse of  cafes and open-air bars, shops, perfect for insta-sightseeing.

New gourmet Japanese restaurants have sprung up along the route, including Donabedian Nakayoshi and Sushi Tokyo Ten. Could this be the perfect antidote to the intoxicating melee most know Tokyo for? 


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The area also features a new hotel, the Shibuya Stream Excel (pictured above). Located just 350 yards from the famous Hachiko dog statue, and seven minutes from Shibuya Center Town, this 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, and offers a buffet breakfast. If you want to be right in the thick of contemporary Tokyo culture, you probably couldn’t ask for a better location.

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Refined Apple Watch Series 4 is the smartest yet

Never mind the iPhone XS Max, take a look at the redesigned Apple Watch Series 4. Refining the original, this fourth-generation connected timepiece has a 30 per cent larger display integrated into a thinner, more elegant case.

Available in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, it boasts some subtle tweaks. The microphone has been relocated for better sound quality, the back is black ceramic and sapphire crystal, and the Digital Crown now includes haptic feedback, for a more responsive feel. Inside is an S4 chip with a custom 64-bit dual-core processor, said to be twice as fast as its predecessor.

The larger display not only looks prettier, it allows app icons and fonts to be bigger and easier to read. To take advantage of this Apple offers a new set of watch faces. A suite of motion faces, including Vapor, Liquid Metal, Fire and Water cleverly react with the curved edges of the case.

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There’s a choice of three aluminium finishes anodised in silver, gold and space grey; a gold stainless steel with matching Milanese band joins the silver and space black stainless steel models.  

The Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) starts at £399, and Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + mobile) starts at £499.

                    Also read: Apple Piazza Liberty opens in Milan

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Lexus unveils LY 650 luxury lifestyle sports yacht

Lexus has taken the wraps off its LY 650 sports yacht. Hailed as the first production maritime expression of its L-finesse design language, it continues the brand’s involvement in non-automotive luxury lifestyle products.
The LY 650 yacht picks up where the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept, first seen in January 2017, left off. Several key features from that 42-foot Sport Yacht concept have made their way onto the LY 650, including the pronounced bow, curved deck accents and accentuated aft hips.
Encouraged by an enthusiast response,  Executive Vice President Shigeki Tomoyama pushed ahead with a plan to “present a dream-like vision of the luxury lifestyle; one where the Lexus Yacht expands the potential of Lexus mobility to the ocean.”  

65-foot in overall length, with a 19-foot beam form, the sports yacht is being built by the Marquis-Larson Boat Group. Based in Pulaski, WI, Marquis-Larson was chosen because of its artisanal craftsmanship, modern technology and design expertise. Many of Marquis-Larson’s boat builders have been with the company for 30 years.

The first completed Lexus LY 650 is expected to be finished in the second half of 2019 and will make its global debut late in the year.

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Preciosa brings interactive lighting to Monaco Yacht show

For the fourth consecutive year, high-end lighting specialist Preciosa is setting sail for Monaco. The award-winning lighting company will be introducing a new installation for superyachts at the Monaco Yacht Show, as well as designing the event’s annual award.

Making its debut at this year’s show, Preciosa’s Pearl Wave is an interactive lighting installation made from more than 700 handmade triplex opal spheres, suspended on gold finished metal rods.

“As Preciosa continues its journey to create meaningful connections between people with light, we are excited to share Pearl Wave with visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show,” enthused Michael Vasku, Creative Director.

“Similar to Breath of Light, the interactive installation we introduced at Milan Design Week, this is a dynamic, people-driven piece specially designed for yachts. It is the perfect lighting feature for special onboard celebrations.”

Preciosa will be showcasing a range of lighting solutions designed especially for unique sea conditions. Visitors to the Upper Deck Lounge will be able to enjoy a selection of historic chandeliers and contemporary pendants. This is the third consecutive year that Preciosa is one of the exclusive Upper Deck Lounge partners.

More Preciosa lighting can be found in the booth of interior designer Sabrina Monte-Carlo. Four of Preciosa’s Muutos pendants will be on display in the designer’s space.

Preciosa has also been entrusted with the task of designing and producing the official Monaco Yacht Show award that will be presented in four categories to the winning superyachts participating in the show.

Designer Daniel Szollosi says he has drawn inspiration from the wake of a yacht skimming across the sea to create this handcrafted crystal award, comprising a mix of polished, and bubbled glass.

The Monaco Yacht Show runs September 26-29, Port Hercules, Monte Carlo.

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Loewe intros Colour Code Bild 5 OLED TV collection

Luxury German TV brand Loewe is introducing three limited edition colourways into its Bild 5 OLED TV range, as part of a Colour Code collection. The three new shades are Himalayan Rosé, a muted pink; Fog Blue, and Citrine Yellow. They are the work of designer and ceramicist Bodo Sperlein.

Loewe suggests the new finishes will enhance a home’s overall interior design and complement the homeowner’s personality. The new colourways join existing finishes Silver Oak and high gloss Piano Black.

The design of the Bild 5 OLED TV draws inspiration from the angular, geometric style of the Sixties, married to the latest advances in TV technology. The appearance is more artisan furniture than mass market TV.

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