Coffee Lids: A visual history of everyday design

Drawn from the world’s largest collection of take-away coffee cup lids, a new book examines the design evolution of one of the most ubiquitous objects in the world today

Architects Louise Harpman and Scott Specht both began collecting plastic coffee cup lids in the 1980s, but only became aware of each other’s interest in the subject when they met as grad students at Yale in the early 90s.

Between them they now boast the largest collection of take-away coffee cup lids in the world and their new book, Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture, brings a selection of these lids together and looks closely at the evolution of this ubiquitous piece of everyday industrial design.

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