Marc Quinn's new line of iris-inspired coffee mugs definitely capitalizes on the striking aesthetic of the kaleidoscopic effect. Drawing inspiration from his painting portfolio — more specifically his 'Iris' series which is a collection of circular canvas paintings that depict the intricate composition of the human eye, the London-based artist produces coffee mugs for illycaffè.
The result is truly striking. While the underplate boasts a detailed image of a pupil, the coffee cup itself is strongly reflective, creating the opportunity for a dynamic visual exchange between the components that make up the set. The kaleidoscopic effect adds a degree of proven precision.
The coffee mug collection for illycaffè definitely brings an emotional resonance with it. It is a worthy manifestation of the concepts that Marc Quinn explores in his work — "the human body and its relationship with nature."