A classy kitchen for a good cause

Smeg New Zealand is doing their bit for charity, auctioning four retro fridges wrapped in contemporary NZ design.

One of the four is currently listed on Trade Me, while the remaining three will go to auction over the next 14 weeks. All money raised from the auctions will be donated to local children's charity Ronald McDonald House.

The darling of the kitchen interiors world – with it's pretty, polished retro-style fridges – Smeg NZ chose artists and their designs through a national competition, run last year.

Judged by some of New Zealand's most notable names in design, including Tim Webber, Dave Sotogi, Kiri Nathan and Mal Corboy, the four finalists were Nikolai Sorensen, Julie Ashby, Matt Blackmore and Aleisha Stanton (see their designs below). 

Blackmore was named overall winner for his entry Around the World, inspired by a travel trunk that belonged to his great grandmother.

Around the World by Matt Blackmore Eleganza by Julie Ashby Knit by Nikolai Sorensen Direction of the Future by Aleisha Stanton Behind the design: Matt Blackmore Behind the design: Julie Ashby Behind the design: Nikolai Sorensen Behind the design: Aleisha Stanton

Rachel Louie, Smeg NZ's distributor and managing director, says that the 2014 Smeg Art Design Competition resulted in some truly original design work.

“It was a fantastic competition that allowed us to highlight the creative minds and innovative design work that exists out there in the market,” she says 

First up for auction is a fridge wrapped in Nikolai Sorensen's design Knit – an icicle-patterned merino wool, keeping the fridge snug as a bug as it cools your food inside.

View the auction at trademe.co.nz