Since 1992, the Italian espresso firm Illy has commissioned artists to brighten particular editions of their espresso and cappuccino cups. More than 100 painters, sculptors and even filmmakers have participated. The newest is the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who has splashed the ceramic cups and saucers with coloration and gilding. The designs had been impressed by the “Colored Vases” mission he started in 2006.
Illy Art Collection designed by Ai Weiwei, $65 for 2 espresso cups, $70 for 2 cappuccino cups; $125 and $135 for 4 of every, illy.com.
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