coffee + cre8tive [mar 7 '06]

Not that this inspired me, but it gave me a morning jolt as I flipped through the contents of the Academy Awards gift bags on a slide show. A jolt worth sharing! From a BlackBerry 8700c and a Krups XP4050 Premium Pump Espresso Machine to a complimentary two-night stay at The Carlyle Hotel (rooms start at $500), the gift bag has ramped up quite a bit over the years.

Love these! Presenters and performers received the Pistoletto Foundation collection from illy: four saucers and cups priced between $80-110. Each cup is the work of a student at Michelangelo Pistoletto's University of Ideas. The four artists, Alfredo Luis Vasquez (Colombia), Natasha Jankovic (Serbia), Tatiana Goloviznina (Russia) and Fratelli Fortuna (a group of artists from Italy) address a range of social issues in their cup design?from making those who live on the streets visible to society to describing conditions of the environment. Michelangelo Pistoletto, a leader of the Arte Povera movement, has collaborated with illy caffe on various projects over the last five years. Own yours by clicking here.

(part of the text above from the illy site.)

P.S. Aren't you so happy for Reese Witherspoon?

(photo from illy usa)