Item description for Illy Collection (Italian Edition) by Andrea Lily, Francesco Lilu, Achille Bonito Oliva & Matteo Thun...
Which is more important, the coffee you drink or the cup you drink it from? The choice is a difficult one for any aesthete to make, and it is only highlighted and intensified by famed Italian coffeemaker illycaff, which, since 1933, has been producing one of the world's greatest espressos, and which, since 1992, has been commissioning limited-edition coffee cup designs from internationally renowned and emerging artists, musicians, and filmmakers. If the story of the coffee begins with Francesco Illy in Trieste, the story of the cup begins in 1990 with architect and engineer Matteo Thun, who designed a white espresso cup to the exacting specifications of the Illy family. The volume and diameter had to be just so, the rim had to accept resting lips in a most practical manner, and the all-important bowl at the bottom of the cup had to conserve heat effectively. Once the prototype was approved, the family set about having it transformed with original work by the likes of Sandro Chia, Nam June Paik, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, David Byrne, Francis Ford Coppola, Joseph Kosuth, Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovic, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Michel Comte, Jannis Kounellis, and Louise Bourgeois. Good to the last drop--unless coffee isn't your cup of tea. Features cups by Joseph Kosuth, Robert Rauschenberg, Hannah Anderson, Mario Giacomelli, Andrea Illy, Matteo Thun, Achille Bonito Oliva, Louise Bourgeois, Mimmo Paladino, Ernesto Illy, Francis Ford Coppola, Jeff Koons, Neil Aitken, Jannis Kounellis,and Michel Comte amongst others.
Essays by Achille Bonito Oliva, Matteo Thun, Francesco Illy and Andrea Illy.
Hardcover, 7.75 x 7.75 in., 351 color & 33 b/w illustrations
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 8" Height: 8.25" Weight: 2.15 lbs.
Release Date Apr 2, 2003
ISBN 8881584069 ISBN13 9788881584062
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A must for any ILLY COLLECTION fan. Oct 3, 2005
Illy to some is the best coffee in the world, I can't say that since I have not tasted them all but I do love Illy, especially their espresso pods, but Illy is more than just coffee, they represent the most advanced and yet the most simple of pleasures... and their cup embodies that. This book is all about that, It covers the creation and a good decade's worth of artisitic varatations on the Illy cup.
I have been bitten by the Illy Collection bug and own a few of the sets, it's nice to have this book as a guide to the "expensive" past. The only problem is that the collection is only through 2003, so it is missing the 2004/2005 cups. Espresso has never been so stylish!