In June, photographer Henry Hargreaves debuted a wildly successful side project: Coffee Cups of the World. On a dedicated website, he released a series of images documenting coffee cup branding from his travels to cafes around the world. The photographs paid close attention to something so commonplace that it’s oftentimes overlooked. Each visual offered insight into the daily lives of regulars, or those passing through. Now, two specific sets of images are purchasable in print form, illustrated by Massimo Mongiardo and made in partnership with NYC’s design store Knowlita.
Both Coffee Cups of New York City and Coffee Cups of Brooklyn feature 12 local favorites. Brooklyn sports many celebrated establishments, both old and new, including Cafe Grumpy and Momofuku Milk Bar, as well as Marlow & Sons. The Manhattan iteration incorporates Balthazar and Dimes, and the cup that inspired it all from Bond Street’s The Smile. And each illustrated image is as diverse as the coffee served within.
Quincy Moore, Creative Director of Knowlita shares, “In June we released a print series of facade illustrations that celebrated some of our favorite restaurants in downtown NYC. Henry bought one, Jack’s Wife Freda, on the same day that I happened to discover his Instagram, Coffee Cups of the World. I’m fond of coincidence and so I reached out and invited him to coffee, naturally, during which we decided to collaborate on these.” Each print is limited to an edition of 100, and have been screened in eight colors on cover stock paper. All of them are signed and numbered by both Mongiardo and Hargreaves. “We decided to focus first on Manhattan and Brooklyn,” Moore continues, “Our respective home bases, but the plan is to add additional cities soon. The pièce de résistance, so to speak, will then be to combine all of them on one print, depicting the literal Coffee Cups of the World.”
Images courtesy of Knowlita