Instant Coffee (House)
Recognized globally for its excellent coffee, Italian giant Illy Caffé is the source of a different kind of buzz recently. Illy has teamed with artist/ architect Adam Kalkin
to create the Push-Button House, a banal shipping container that unbelievably transforms
into a coffee house. It is coffee beans meet shipping bins to create one of the most unique java joints around.
The container opens and unfolds
like a hydraulic flower in about 90 seconds. When in full bloom the chic house boasts 6 rooms: kitchen, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, library and living area. The standard size is 2000 square feet; 3000 and 5000 square foot models are also available. All for roughly US $184,000, including delivery (espresso machine not included).
Not a bad price considering the costs home construction these days. But be sure to order yours ahead of time; demand is high, and there is a 6-month waiting list to get one. After short stints at Art Basel Miami Beach and the Venice Biennale
, New Yorkers will get their chance to enjoy their cappuccino and biscotti in a bin starting November 28 until December 29. Illy plans to install one in Time Warner Center during the height of the holiday shopping season.
Images © Illy Caffe
2007 Oct 20
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