We’re excited to introduce our new illustrated coffee tins for winter 2022, just in time for cheering up chilly mornings or supplying a caffeine kick on a gloomy afternoon. Here our four artist collaborators tell us about the processes behind their beautiful designs, their local café scenes, and the crucial role that coffee plays in their own lives – from stolen sips, to a daily morning necessity.
'Coffee Pouring Tricks' by Cari Vander Yacht, New York
My original design started out with just one person doing a ridiculous pot pour, and then you delightful maniacs at Wrap suggested that the design could involve a bunch of them, which was of course the right direction! So it became this fun puzzle of figuring out different contorting coffee-pouring techniques and fitting them together. I love that the design became a coffee dance party!
My 3:30 coffee break is a treat to myself that I can look forward to throughout the day. Usually that’s just a drip coffee in the studio, but sometimes I’ll treat myself to an embarrassingly expensive coffee from one of the nice shops in the neighbourhood.
I have had many lovely cups of coffee in my lifetime, but the sips I most savour are the ones I steal from my partner’s cup in the morning – just something about the combination of stealing and testing my boyfriend’s patience with me!
'Ginkgo' by Charlotte Mei, London
I'm particularly interested in looking at nature and plant-life in my paintings, and have always loved the delicate heart-shaped leaves of the gingko tree, so it felt like the right focus for my coffee tin design. Working on the coffee tin in collaboration with Wrap was a nice fit for me because my routine always starts with a pour-over coffee before a long day in the studio.
'Aroma' by Alejandra García y Gutiérrez, Mexico City
For my design, I wanted to create the sense of a house, adapted perfectly to the shape of the coffee tin, with each wall or face a canvas to be painted on, complete with columns and windows – all portrayed in an abstract way. I didn’t want to make the design a pattern because I wanted each of the faces to be unique.
Coffee culture here in Mexico City is very rich and diverse. Every neighbourhood has cafés with unique artistic characteristics and great quality coffee. Visiting them is an experience because each of them strives to be different and offer something special.
'Still Life' by Ana Popescu, Vienna
My design for the coffee tin is a still life centered around a cosy kitchen scene. I wanted to combine geometric forms with some really bright colours!
Vienna, where I live, is known for its old cafés. You can go to one and sit there for hours, reading a newspaper or doing whatever. Sometimes the coffee is not so good! But it’s more about the atmosphere and the experience. It’s like going back in time to 1900.