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The perfect pop-in pop-up

Fine food and coffee – plus a showcase for sculptural design

The perfect pop-in pop-up

September 13 2011
Sibéal Pounder

Its first foray into the pop-up scene was back in 2006 in New York, and since then it has made appearances in Milan, Trieste, Berlin and Istanbul; but this month – from September 13 and for one month only – Galleria Illy is coming to London.

Hosted by lighting and furniture designers Flos and Moroso and organised by coffee company Illy, the eclectic programme of art, design and gastronomy will feature food from Michelin-starred chefs including Viki Geunes of Belgium’s Restaurant ’t Zilte, who will be whipping up miniature sweet gourmandises demonstrations, and Giorgio Locatelli, who plans to recreate dishes from Locanda Locatelli, his London restaurant.

Guests may, however, prefer to devour some of Michelangelo Pistoletto’s edible art from the Love Difference pastries project, or simply peruse his interior pieces (the space centres around his sculptural and softly mirrored Mediterranean table, pictured). There will also be sculptural pieces from Flos and Moroso, who have created a one-of-a-kind chandelier using Illy coffe cups. And punctuating the noise of the crowds will be a series of talks and events by Marcel Wanders (September 23) and the Serpentine Gallery’s co-director of exhibitions and programmes, Hans Ulrich Obrist (October 13), to name but two.

Illy’s expert baristas from its Università del caffè will be on hand to serve coffee – and also to educate guests on how to make the perfect espresso.