I love a cup of tea so you can imagine that I keep a fancy collection of mugs. I also adore my books so I am in total awe of the quirky mugs that design agency, Art Meets Matter have been producing over the last five years. I have seen then around but never really took any notice till last week when I was browsing though chic home store, Habitat. The award winning mugs bring uber cool to the max. Each one is based on a classic Penguin paperback book as well as the colour, typography and icon look that was created by Edward Young in 1935.
This paperback series is distinctive in that it changed the way people accessed books forever. Tony Davis from Art Meets Matters sums it up perfectly when he talks about the relationship between tea drinking and books. “I’ve always felt there was natural affinity between books and coffee or tea-drinking which wasn’t reflected in the objects we drink out of. It seemed natural to put them together.” Well said my good man, well said. The brand has now been extended to Espresso size, pencils, books, tea towels and even deck chairs. Another range that I have my eye on are the Pantone palette tea mugs. Designed by the dynamic duo of W2 Products, the mugs are based on the Pantone colour charts which are vibrant and come in a wide variety of colours.
In fact those of you with beedy eyes will notice that Pantone Inc. are the global authority on colour and provider of professional colour standards that are used by funky and creative types. The company have produce numerous colour charts and the mug takes form in a perfect ceramic that is glazed with a pattern that resembling the Pantone colours and also contains the Pantone colour name and number. I just love em and I want the whole set.