Y1Illy's latest coffee machine, is the result of three years of research and development led by Carlo Bach, art director of illycaffè, along with the firm MM Design. Made with an eye on the so-called "Y Generation," its innovative and eye-catching compact design (it measures just under 10" square) hides each component inside the little base, which doubles as storage for cups. Materials, such as aluminum, glass and stainless steel, not only lend quality but are recyclable too.

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