House of Cans celebrates can art, bringing together small batch beverage producers with artists, illustrators and designers to create limited edition cans for consumers who appreciate both design and great drinks
#4. Sophie Winder and Amy Higgins
Glug x One Mile End
Sometimes it's not what or who you know, it's who you used to know.
Thanks to an old school friend, House of Cans were recently hooked up with Glug, the stars and the vibes aligned and, off the back of their last London event, so the competition to design our latest can was kicked off. The brief, to produce a label for a juicy New England-style pale ale from the brilliant One Mile End brewery. The canvas was otherwise blank.
Over the next 9 or so days the entries poured in. Almost 200 of them, with artists as far afield as Rio throwing their hats into the ring. We were knocked out, not only by the response, but by the extraordinary breadth of creative talent out there.
There could, however, be only one winner. Well, two, actually. We couldn't pick just one from the shortlist that the Glug guys graciously whittled down for us. So, kudos, congratulations, and a case of their self-styled beer go to Amy Higgins (@amyhiggins_illustration) and Sophie Winder (@sophiewinderr) for the things of beauty below which, for us, rose above the rest...
Cans will be labelled tout suite and available soon from all good HoC outlets.
Keep it here for release dates.....
Denver Sorrell x BBNo.
Splitting his time between London and a freshly reclaimed boat-cum-studio in Kent, Denver Sorrell produces mid-century modern and post-cubist works on a magnificent scale.
Describing his figurative works as a “push and pull of visual weight” featuring “faceless, diffused and dimly lit” forms, Denver boldly pushes his paintings’ subject and narrative beyond the familiar. No stranger to drinks industry projects, this will, however, be the first time his studio art will have been transposed to tin. And it looks amazing.
Brew by Numbers are a London institution and one of the original Bermondsey beer milestoners. Their timely 2011 conception and subsequent move to the Enid Street arches means they’ve been well placed to watch the local scene explode, while not-so-local FOMO brewers took up residence alongside them. Long revered for their consistently high-quality, forward-thinking output, this collaboration sees their Summer Yuzu Pale Ale beautifully reduxed, Denver Sorrell-style.
David Pearson x Villages
House of Cans’ latest in-house collaboration, this time with print designer David Pearson (@typeasimage), was released into the World on Thursday 16th May, 2019.
The designs use very newly-released type from the Commercial Classics range (@commercialclassics), for which - fortunately for all concerned - David was granted a test license. Needless to say we're delighted to be among the first to showcase this fantastic typographic style.
Cans have been designed to be displayed in pairs and the oversized, expressive type was hand-printed using rubber stamps.
To mark the release, House of Cans have made a donation to the St Bride Foundation (@stbridefoundation), whose collection of original punches, matrices and metal type helped to inform the designs of Commercial Classics.
David is a close friend of House of Cans and, in addition to his ludicrously low-key listing in Debrett's in past years, has also worked with Penguin Classics, playing a key role in the publisher's resurgence, as well as provided typographic content for both Wes Anderson and Ridley Scott productions.
Villages have established themselves as one of the pre-eminent brewers among Deptford’s burgeoning beer scene. Offering a terrific core range, three of which collectively make up this latest collaboration, their output is consistently on the money and reflect terrific examples of the styles they brew. And they’re lovely lads.
#1. CHRIS MARTIN
Chris Martin x Two Tribes
Chris is an award-winning illustrator with a client list including Ray-ban and Nike, the latter of whom’s London HQ displays one of his large-scale hand drawn murals.
Two Tribes are neighbours of ours. A music and food-inspired beer operation founded in 2015, they brew at Tileyard studios, just next to Coal Drops Yard.
The beer in the can is Two Tribes’ Session IPA (4.5%).