Designer of NYC "Greek coffee cup" has died


24 Responses to “Designer of NYC "Greek coffee cup" has died”

  1. SafariEarth12 says:

    Wow. The end of an icon, or an era…if they stop using those coffee cups. Just the sight of one can bring on nostalgia for my original home city – NYC! (Sigh)

  2. Art says:

    Sad news. Bless him :)

    I grew up with those cups and when I was driving a cab in NYC(1970′s)that familiar cup was the best friend a cabbie could ever have.

  3. ericM says:

    I know the term ‘Anthora’ is an intentional play on ‘Amphora’, but does anyone have insight on why? I have loved these cups, too, all the 25 years I’ve been in NYC!

  4. jeligula says:

    No era has ended. A man dies and a baby is born. But design is eternal.

  5. Znaps says:

    In the original version of the cup, you could totally see her boobs.

  6. dbarak says:

    I really hope he specified cremation in his will so he could have his ashes placed in a coffee urn. ; )

    Funny how the “little” things in life mean so much and can symbolize someone’s life. It’s nice.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I never lived in NYC but I still fondly remember this design from a video about a restaurant that came on some video compilation disc for the Mac. I loved watching those things as a kid- this is the only thing I remember about that particular video.

  8. The Chemist says:

    The last time I was in New York (outside the Starbucks infested airports) was when I was too young to be drinking coffee. I’ve never actually seen one of these cups up close and personal- but I recognize them every time I watch a movie set in New York.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I lived in New York for about 5 years, and i’ve never even seen those cups…

  10. Anonymous says:

    Am I the only one whose browser is crawling due to the Harry Brown movie advertising? Ever since it showed up I can browse any of the Federated Media sites including BB

  11. phlavor says:

    That’s eerie. I was telling a coworker who had never been to NYC about those cups just yesterday. I hadn’t thought of them in years.

  12. Antinous / Moderator says:

    That’s not an amphora, anyway. Amphorae have two handles.

  13. orwellian says:

    When I saw the pic, I said, “Hey, it’s the cups from Law & Order.” The obit mentioned that they were indeed famous from Law & Order. Funny how a few things seem to be an icon for a city. New York makes me think of Checker Cabs (my grandfather almost bought one in the 1950s, but they were too expensive, at least in Pittsburgh, where he was), these coffee cups and this one set they used all the time on NYPD Blue. Crime, cabs and coffee.

  14. Stefan Jones says:

    #11: You’re not going to enough diners and donut shops.

    (“It is always nice to see said the man behind the counter . . .”)

  15. Anonymous says:

    I want to buy a bunch of these cups. Anyone know of a restaurant supply place that has them?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Yikes, I thought Graham Hill (the maker of the ceramic cups) had passed. Rest in peace Mr. Buck.

  17. dequeued says:

    Wow, I always just took those coffee cups for granted.
    I just assumed that those cups were a staple of delis all over the country.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I am not a native New Yorker and my sister and I were wondering if you are still able to go to a cafe and actually purchase a coffee in one of those cups. We are planning a trip back to the city soon and would love to have some coffee in one of them. If anyone can help with that information it would be greatly appreciated. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

  19. Anonymous says:

    So is there only one paper cup supplier in NYC? I’m confused — most places even 10% the size have several designs and suppliers, and the majority are branded to the establishment. There’s even variety in the ‘generic’ types.

    A quick Google gave me no insight into how this came to be. Anyone know?

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