Illy City Mugs now available in 10 cities around the world


You can now travel the world one mug at a time, with the new illy City Mugs collection designed by Mie Araki on The project was launched through a design contest on our platform that was joined by hundreds of illustrators, designers and artists from around the world with over 2000 projects altogether.

The collection designed by Mie Araki was love at first sight, with her unique style and vivid character that combines straight lines and strong colours in a very singular way. According to the jury of Illy, that evaluated all submissions, her works were particularly effective in representing the 6 cities that were at the core of the contest, so much so that she was later assigned 4 more cities to work on.

“The jury has chosen Mie’s artwork for its original interpretation of the cities peculiar characteristics, using an illustration style that we feel is very much in line with illycaffè’s artistic projects.” – illy jury

The mugs are available exclusively in the respective cities, so if you happen to be in any of the cities listed below, you might want to stop by one of the illy stores.
The cities featured by the Illy City Mugs collections are (to-date): Paris, San Francisco, London, Trieste, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Kuwait City, Milan and Rome.


Mie was so kind to share with us some of her work-in-progress materials, with sketches, tests and a sneak-peak into her lab where all her creations come to life. There’s even her cute (interrupting) cat, Cinnamon!


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