An explosion of color decorates this illy art collection of six espresso cups and saucers by artist Michael Beutler, winner of the 2005 Artissima illy Present Future award. Beutler's design for illy was inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Origami—paper folding—and reflects the recurring theme of warping and folding found in his elaborate and expansive sculptural installations. Beautifully gift-boxed with a Beutler collection brochure. Winner of the 2005 Artissima illy Present Future Award, Michael Beutler is known for art concepts that explore the elasticity of spatial boundaries. His works include expansive and elaborate sculptures built on-site from simple materials such as paper, cloth, wood and wire where warping and folding are recurring themes. Born in 1976 in Oldenburg, Germany, Beutler currently lives and works in Berlin. The illy Art Collection "Origami" set was designed by the young German sculptor Michael Beutler. The design of the six cups and saucers was inspired by the Japanese paper folding technique "origami". Michael Beutler won the illy Present Future 2005 prize in collaboration with Artissima, the international fair of contemporary art in Turin. Beside $10.000 illy gave him the opportunity to make a design for there illy Art collection cups. Beutler was born in Oldenburg, Germany, in 1976 and he lives and works in Berlin.