Products We Love: Penguin Press

Products We Love: Penguin Press

By Dwell
Coffee can be dreadfully serious. Andrew Neyer’s Penguin Press decal invites everyone to lighten up.

Andrew Neyer likes wordplay. One of the Cincinnati designer’s signature pieces is a candelabra shaped like a giant hair comb—a Combdelabra. Get it? Do you? Neyer’s puns are life-sized and they’d be as groan-worthy as your dad’s if they weren’t so darned earnest. "There’s a childish joy to a lot of the work I make," he told us last year.  

Penguin Press is the purest expression of Neyer’s bookish sense of humor yet. The design is simple: It’s a vinyl decal that can be applied to any 34-ounce French press to make the pot look like a penguin. That’s it. Functionally, it’s as useless as a penguin’s wings are for flying. Yet it trades on Neyer’s most endearing quality, his unselfconsciousness. The only thing sillier than a sticker of a bird named after a British publishing house is the stiff neck who rolls their eyes at it. 

Which is probably why Neyer designed the decal for French presses. Coffee has become a deathly serious hobby and no object represents amateur brewers’ monk-like devotion to making the perfect cup more than the coffee plunger. By slapping a goofy sticker on this holiest of symbols, Neyer reminds us, hey, it’s just caffeine water. If comedy kills pretentiousness, the Penguin Press decal is kryptonite. And at $6.95, it barely costs more than a cold brew. 

For more ways to improve your morning ritual, watch us test out a double egg cup from Alessi. 

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