Coffee company Illy created limited edition coffee cups in collaboration with some of the top names in the arts from 1992 to 2005. Now they are offering a unique chance to get all those cups in one spectacular display. The Illy Cup Collection Chandelier features approximately 330 cups designed by Julian Schnabel, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, David Byrne, Francis Ford Coppola and others. The spiral chandelier is valued at $60,000 and one of two in existence. One is in illy caffè's home town of Trieste, Italy. The other will be offered for auction at illy's Annual Cup of Kindness event to be held at Per Se on December 4, 2007, hosted by Martha Stewart and Andrea Illy, with co-hosts James Rosenquist and Thomas Keller. The evening's auction benefits Share our Strength. Tickets to this event are $1500, and all proceeds raised will be used for schools in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.
The chandelier will be on display to the public at New York's Time Warner Center from December 3 to December 29 at illy's Push Button House, a fully functional and sustainable home built inside a standard industrial shipping container. In just 90-seconds with the push of a button the shipping container turns into a five-room home with a kitchen, dining room, bedroom, living room and library. Visitors to the Iilly Push Button House can enjoy free coffee and donate money to support Share Our Strength. Pictures of the Illy Push Button House are in the gallery below.
Gallery: Illy Pop Up House