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??ll drinking coffee, of course. It was a weird and mad scene, with people photographing Martha and shouting at her (lots of ??ove 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.
ARTISTS FOR ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD
An exhibition and benefit auction of unique works of art inspired by the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop.
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 Angela.Perez@luminaire.com or (305) 576-5788
Dec 6, 10am-8pm
Dec 7-8-9, 10am-6pm
Bid Online December 4-12 at www.luminaire.com
Presented by Yves Behar, Luminaire and Design Miami/
Yves, of course, gave form to the OLPC—an amazingly wonderful form.