Coffee Cups of The World, A Photo Series of Beautiful Takeaway Cups

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Go Get Em Tiger, Los Angeles

As most of you may not realize — because there’s always that same green mermaid on your coffee — is that takeaway coffee cups are often an exercise in minimalist beauty and sharp graphic design.

Artist Henry Hargreaves sees the aesthetic appeal in these disposable items, and has documented drinking vessels from around the globe, with Coffee Cups of The World.

The series takes us through this often overlooked art form — from the minimalist approach, to the hard sell of garish colors or a humorous cartoon.

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Vida, Cape Town
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Intelligentsia, Los Angeles
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Shaky Isles, Auckland
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Wye General, Melbourne
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Brain Wash Cafe, San Francisco
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Blue Bottle, Oakland

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Bottled Food Sculptures Are Intriguing, Disgusting

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There’s a reason why some foods are packaged in opaque cans and boxes. Artist Tom Davie was out to prove this with Bottled Food — a project that rethinks food packaging by placing the product in transparent bottles.

The result is what some might refer to as “too much information,” causing us to actually think about what really lurks behind that aluminum can or cardboard box, before we pluck it from the supermarket shelf.

At least there’s a straw included, just in case we’d like our SpaghettiOs right from the bottle.

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These Foods Are Actually Made From Stone

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Created by artist Robin Antar, these food sculptures start out as a large stone made from a color similar to the subject. Antar then chisels and carves away, using a technique she created 20 years ago.

Labels and an occasional cap is painted on to help make the sculptures even more mind-bending. Check out more below and at Antar’s site here.

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Food Packaging Fueled by Brutal Honesty and Product Arrogance

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Most of the time, our food packaging and their cute cartoon mascots lie to us. Well, at the very least, they’re just not as straightforward as these minimalist labels by London-based design student Beth Fox-Fuller.

Created as a concept for British supermarket chain ASDA — the project focuses on telling the shopper like it is. Even if the products do come off a bit arrogant and overconfident in their attempt to get you to bring them home.

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What It Would Look Like If Luxury Brands Sold Groceries

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Yogurt by Tiffany & Co.

If Whole Foods just isn’t highbrow enough for you, perhaps these luxury brand groceries are more your style.

Brought to us by Israel-based artist Paddy Mergui — his series gives us a glimpse into what a few everyday grocery items might look like, if produced and packaged by some of the higher end brands in the world.

Whether you’d like to snack on some Tiffany Yogurt, want to make your omelettes with the finest Versace eggs, or drink iMilk — the series explores the concept of a brand providing a perceived notion of quality and the social status of the buyer. Even if it’s a salami.

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Pasta by Ferrari
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Salt and Pepper by Hermès
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Eggs by Versace
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Flour by Prada
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Fruit by Nike
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Milk by Apple
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Salami by Vuitton

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