Vittorio Bertazzoni Sr founds SMEG (acronym for ‘Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla’) in his birthplace, Guastalla (RE), operating throughout the provinces of Parma, Mantova and Reggio Emilia.
In 1955, SMEG presents its first own-brand kitchen, called Elisabeth.
In 1963, Smeg launches LEDA, its first washing machine
In 1970, SMEG patents NIAGARA, the first 14-place setting dishwasher.
In 1971, SMEG begins its production of built-in appliances, in particular ovens and hobs, the cornerstone products on which the company has built its history.
Smeg commissions Franco Maria Ricci to design a new logo. A designer and editor with a strong sense of art, he draws a line that recalls the burners of a hob, the round knobs of an oven, and at the same time, evokes a sense of perfection with a nod to mathematical infinity.
Smeg sponsors the Ferrari team, which races with the legendary driver, Gilles Villeneuve.
In 1982, Smeg begins the production of professional ovens for Bars, Catering and food service. This would soon be followed by the production of professional dishwashers.
In 1985, the Smeg Instruments division is created, dedicated to hospitals, medical and dental labs.
Smeg begins to collaborate with internationally renowned architects and designers, including: Guido Canali, Mario Bellini, studio Piano Design, Marc Newson, Giancarlo Candeago.
The desire to break free from the anonymity of the standard appliance leads Smeg to re-propose a fridge with a distinctly ‘50s retro design, revisited in a contemporary key, where colour becomes the leading protagonist.
From Smeg’s design offices, the FAB28 fridge is born, now a style icon and status symbol recognised worldwide.
SMEG Foodservice expands its range, introducing the first oven with 4-tray capacity (600x400mm) to cook not only brioches, but also frozen baguettes.
Guido Canali designs the Smeg Headquarters, which receives the Honourable Mention of the “Gold Medal for Italian Architecture” Award in 2006.
The range is enriched by electronic ovens with greater cooking capacity, introducing ovens with a 6- and 10-tray capacity, for both 600x400mm and GN 1/1 trays, with or without humidification and with counter rotating fan.
From the SMEG design studios, the first professional dishwasher is born. The following years would see the production of SWT glasswashers and double basket FRESH WATER system dishwashers, allowing simultaneous washing of mixed and diversified loads.
In 2010, the first 600 hood type dishwasher was developed, model CWC600, for the Professional division.
Smeg hood type dishwashers offer an absolute guarantee of hygiene for all types of crockery including plates, fine glassware and cutlery.
SMEG and Italia Independent collaborate on an unprecedented project: the FAB28 fridge in jeans.
In the following years, the appliances would again cross paths with the fashion world thanks to the collaboration with Dolce&Gabbana.
In 2014, Smeg launches the line of small appliances. Inspired by the style of the famous FAB28 Fridge, the small appliances are designed by the deepdesign studio, run by Raffaella Mangiarotti and Matteo Bazzicalupo.
SMEG Foodservice presents the new patented Steam Heat Recovery S.H.R.+ system, available on the Hood type professional dishwasher in the Topline series, which was granted the SMART LABEL, an important recognition of innovation in the hospitality sector promoted by HOST - Fiera Milano in collaboration with POLI.design.
SMEG announces the acquisition of La Pavoni, an historical Milanese company known for its production of coffee machines since 1905. La Pavoni transforms coffee machines into luxury items and works of art, promoting the “Made in Italy” concept throughout the world with products that combine quality and design.
Smeg presents the Bartolomeo oven. Designed to experience excellence in the kitchen, innovating the culinary tradition through the simplicity of technology.