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Peel, Pucker, Pinch, or Puncture? Coffee Lids, Explored is a piece on the patented coffee lid collection assembled by architects Specht Harpman, a companion to an article in Cabinet a few years ago. These little disks of plastic are massively diverse, highly designed, often ingenious and sometimes perplexing and form part of the recent Smithsonian exhibition, FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000. See also the Museum of Take Out Coffee Cups. There’s also a short video:

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