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Martha Stewart, Francis Ford Coppola and illy Coffee Market Together. What's That About?

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on December 5, 2007

I was eating at the Landmark restaurant in the TimeWarner building in New York and, as I was leaving, ran into Martha Stewart and Francis Ford Coppola sitting together with folks from illy—all drinking coffee, of course. It was a weird and mad scene, with people photographing Martha and shouting at her (lots of “love yous” and “you’re my inspiration.”) and I couldn’t quite figure out what was happening.

So I Googled today and it turns out that it was for a good thing. An auction of one-of-a-kind cups designed by, among others, Francis Ford Coppola, Julian Schnabel, and David Byrne was being auctioned off at Per Se, perhaps the most expensive restaurant in history (US history at least). illy was the key sponsor. It was part of Share Our Strength.

The money goes to schools in Ethiopia, where coffee was invented, according to illy.

Odd experience. Perhaps no odder than the Artists for OLPC at Miami Basel on Thursday.

An exhibition and benefit auction of unique works of art inspired by the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop.

Works by:
David Altmejd
John Baldessari
Olafur Eliasson
Catherine Opie
Jorge Pardo
Ugo Rondinone
Cindy Sherman
Richard Tuttle
Please join us at Design Miami:
Press preview: Thursday Dec 6, 5-6pm
Opening: Thursday Dec 6, 6-8pm

Luminaire Lab, 3901 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL
RSVP or (305) 576-5788

Exhibit times:
Dec 6, 10am-8pm
Dec 7-8-9, 10am-6pm

Bid Online December 4-12 at

Presented by Yves Behar, Luminaire and Design Miami/

Yves, of course, gave form to the OLPC—an amazingly wonderful form.



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