Robert Wilson Creates ‘OK’ Cup for Illy


In the unlikely event that the name Robert Wilson does not immediately ignite intense excitement in multiple regions of your cerebrum, stop reading this and go watch Absolute Wilson (yes, it’s on Netflix), Katharina Otto-Bernstein‘s smashing documentary-cum-archival footage deep-dive devoted to the indefatigable maestro of avant-garde theatre. Among the director, designer, and visual artist’s latest collaborators is illy, the Trieste-based espresso purveyor that has invited the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Marina Abramovic (a Wilson chum of longstanding) to reimagine its trademark white porcelain cup, originally designed by Matteo Thun.

In the new illy Art Collection, Wilson’s “OK” design (above) is accompanied by those of five other artists—Christopher Knowles, Hope Esser, Willie Filkowski, Clo’e Floirat, and Gintare Minelgaite—who were chosen to depict the spirit of the Watermill Center, the interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities founded by Wilson in 1992, on the illy espresso cup. The set of six espresso cups and saucers ($150) or six cappuccino cups and saucers ($195), accompanied by a booklet about the artists and their designs, goes on sale later this month.


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