Start Your Morning With Ai Weiwei

The artist is the latest to collaborate with Illy on espresso and cappuccino cups.


By Florence Fabricant

Since 1992, the Italian coffee company Illy has commissioned artists to decorate special editions of their espresso and cappuccino cups. More than 100 painters, sculptors and even filmmakers have participated. The latest is the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who has splashed the ceramic cups and saucers with color and gilding. The designs were inspired by the “Colored Vases” project he began in 2006.

Illy Art Collection designed by Ai Weiwei, $65 for two espresso cups, $70 for two cappuccino cups; $125 and $135 for four of each, illy.com.

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