This special limited edition illy Art Collection was designed by renown Spanish film director Pedro AlmodÃ³var to coincide with the release of his latest film, Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces).
Dating to 1992, the leading Italian coffee companyâ€™s collaborations with eminent visual contemporary artists have produced striking, much-sought-after cups, designed to enhance the enjoyment of coffee in pairing it with beautiful objects. Illy’s passion for the beautiful and well-made, its love for the world of contemporary art and its exceptionally high quality are the driving passions behind the illy Art Collection series.
Available starting October 2009 at www.illyusa.com, AlmodÃ³varâ€™s six-cup series, each entry paired with an equally vivid saucer, takes inspiration from six of the famed Spanish directorâ€™s most admired films; Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990), High Heels (1991), The Flower of My Secret (1995), Bad Education (2004) and Volver (2006).
â€œWe are honored that Pedro AlmodÃ³var has graced the illy collection with such a strikingly vivid series of cups, quite unlike any other weâ€™ve seen,â€ says Carlo Bach, art director of illycaffÃ¨.
â€œEach cup at once celebrates his own past artistry, while being completely original on its own. Each tells a memorable story, just as his films, in his signature, wonderfully unconventional style.â€
Bach said AlmodÃ³var has long been a fan of illy, been known to keep it on hand while filming. That gave Bach impetus to approach the director about creating a collection for illy.