Espresso Cups by Illy and William Kentridge

Espresso Cups by Illy and William Kentridge

Jess Watson
Feb 12, 2010

I clearly remember the first time I came across the work of South African artist William Kentridge. About five years ago, SFMOMA featured his video installation Tide Table, a stop animation film using charcoal drawings that he repeatedly erased and reworked, and I was blown away. Granted, I will never be able to afford an original Kentridge, but I'd be happy to settle on these espresso cups.

Created as part of the Illy Art Collection, Kentridge's cup and saucer design are meant to work together as the mirror-finished surface of the cup reflects the image on the saucer. The limited edition set features six uniquely designed cups and saucers.

The illy Art Collections are series of cups designed by contemporary artists, miniature limited-edition works of art that transform the act of drinking an espresso or cappuccino into an incredible experience involving the mind and all five senses. Since 1992, the collection has featured interpretations by more than 70 international artists including Jeff Koons, Louise Borgeouis, Robert Rauschenberg, Pedro Almodovar and David Byrne.

Kentridge's cup collection can be purchased through Exquisit 24.

To learn more about William Kentridge, visit SFMOMA's website.

(Found via Better Living Through Design)

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