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After New York, Milan, Istanbul, Berlin and London, Galleria Illy opens in Beijing at the Parkview Green FangCaoDi, a new construction in the central business district of the city. The temporary space will host important figures from the worlds of culture, science and design.
The space’s signature feature is an immense, eye-catching chandelier made from 66 specially commissioned espresso cups chosen from over 300 that have been created by various international artists over the last two decades. Suspended in the center of the hall, the piece weighs 2 tons, is 17 feet (5.2 meters) high and 26 feet (8 meters) in diameter.
Among the cooks involved in the project are Pino Cuttaia from Italy and Josean Alija from Spain, who are both famous for using coffee as an ingredient in and of itself. Alija’s signature dishes include a broth made from green coffee beans with tender pea shoots, and onion and cinnamon gnocchi with a sauce made from lentils, clove, and coffee.
Josean Alija took over the restaurant Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 1998 and, after being awarded the prize for Best Young Cook in 2000, took over the kitchen at Nerua in June 2011. He has just been earned his first Michelin star.
The gallery runs until December 2nd.
Address: Parkview Green FangCaoDi, No.9, DongDaQiao Rd., Chaoyang Dist., Beijing, China