Join us in taking a closer look at everyday objects.

From the ubiquitous coffee lid to the long history of the pencil these books find depth and meaning in the everyday. 

Louise Harpman, Caroline Weaver, and Jacob Ford offer discussion, demonstrations, and digressions during this lively design dive.


If you're one of the 200 million Americans who drink coffee every day, you may have marveled at the ubiquitous plastic coffee cup lid, with its clever combination of indentations, protrusions, tabs, and score lines that can be pinched, pulled, pushed, and punctured to create an opening to sip from while also keeping a piping-hot liquid in its place. Coffee Lids features the world's largest collection of coffee cup lids. In addition to oddly compelling close-up photographs, Coffee Lids includes a lively field-guide to the collectors' bespoke classification system and patent drawings for many of the most unique designs.


Pencils You Should Know traces the evolution of pencils over time and across the globe. From the humble, handcrafted pencil of the 19th century to the novelty writing implement of the 1990s, each object in this book tells a different story. This book features a selection of 75 modern and vintage pencils curated by pencil powerhouse Caroline Weaver, owner of legendary New York pencil emporium CW Pencil Enterprise. Pencil fanatics will find old favorites here—the original Blackwing 602 puts in an appearance, of course—and make exciting new discoveries, too.

Louise Harpman is an architect, educator, and irrational optimist who is the co-owner of the World's Largest Collection of Coffee Cup Lids. Her book, Coffee Lids, lovingly and obsessively documents over thirty years of design innovation found within these "humble masterpieces."

Caroline Weaver is the owner of CW Pencil Enterprise, a pencil specialty shop on the Lower East Side. Apart from being a shopkeeper, she is the author of The Pencil Perfect and the forthcoming Pencils You Should Know: A History of the Ultimate Writing Utensil in 75 Anecdotes. 

Jacob Ford is a Designer of Things whose work has been called "turned in past the deadline" by key figures in the art world. He is the Material Production Manager at Mmuseumm and serves on the board of directors at The City Reliquary. For his day job he is Chief Technology Officer at the scrappy design agency IB5k. He lives in Manhattan's East Village with his girlfriend, their cat, and three beautiful wall-mounted unperfected 4-up signatures from Edward Catich's The Origin of the Serif (first edition).


Event date: 

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

4 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038
Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture (A design and field guide from the world's largest collection of disposable coffee lids) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616896560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Available to Ship to Your Home
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 13th, 2018

Pencils You Should Know: A History of the Ultimate Writing Utensil in 75 Anecdotes (Gift for Creatives, Vintage and Antique Pencils throughout History) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452178370
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Available to Ship to Your Home
Published: Chronicle Books - February 4th, 2020