The new illy art collection by Olimpia Zagnoli. These sisters meet at a coffee shop. They are not really sisters, but they are as good as family. These women, with their different personalities, meet for coffee and cake. They talk and laugh, sometimes they disagree.
ILLY ART COLLECTION SINCE 1992
An ongoing project to turn the porcelain coffee cup designed by Matthew Thun, an icon of illy, into something new. The cup becomes a white canvas for contemporary artists from all over the world.
Every illy Art Collection project starts with the same, elegant canvas: the iconic, white illy espresso cup introduced by renowned architect and designer Matteo Thun in 1992. Inspired by the Platonic philosophy of kalokagathia, meaning the union of the beautiful and the good, Illy initiated a campaign of inviting contemporary artists—some of them world famous and some completely unknown—to use Illy coffee cups as the starting point for original works of art.
Taking cup as muse, more than 70 of the world’s foremost artists have created collections since - no two ever alike, and each a revelation.