Jack Clements. "Solo Traveler" Coffee Cup Lid. 1986

Jack Clements "Solo Traveler" Coffee Cup Lid 1986

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Instead of sitting flat on a paper cup, the Solo Traveler Coffee-Cup Lid features a domed configuration designed to make sipping more comfortable by accommodating not only the lips, but also the nose. In an unintended bonus, the Solo Traveler can also accommodate the foam of the cappuccinos and lattes that became popular in the United States in the late 1980s, when it was introduced. Its success was rapid and universal, and in the cutthroat world of coffee-cup-lid production, imitations soon followed.

Gallery label from Born out of Necessity, March 2, 2012–January 28, 2013
Solo Cup Company, USA
Polystyrene plastic
7/8 x 3 5/8" (2.2 x 9.2 cm)
Gift of the manufacturer
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Architecture and Design