The Last Straw.

Ok, so, I’ve been drinking all of my nourishment for the past 3 weeks. What of it?

Understandably, I have come up with some very strong views on straws. So, straw designers, listen up!

I mean, lets start with the fact that the straw is a pretty awesome, and totally classic accessory. I always think of the Tropicana ad first:

Straws imply treats, childishness, convenience. So there is, I have to admit, something entertaining about drinking strange things with them. Say coffee or beer (and anyone who knows me knows I have done plenty of both  at this point). It becomes a fashion statement. Dare I say subversive ? Can you tell I’m in grad school now?

My personal preference in straw type is what I like to call the “articulated” straw…. by which I mean the kind with the single bend in it. Why? they’re adjustable, versatile, convenient, and good looking. I find I can drink from one of these while walking, sip on it when its on a table, and when dealing with hot liquid, its easy to moderate the amount coming out so I don’t burn my tongue. Also, I feel the articulated straw has the most classic look.

If you walk into my studio these days, you will basically see me sitting at my desk drinking from an old soup can with a red and white striped straw. Like so:

I like the classic look of this particular kind. also, theyre kind of soft… and like i said, articulated.

What I really want is one of these cool metal ones to go with my tin can:

Or, just to be able to eat and drink without a straw at all. That would be great too.


About meredithries

Meredith is a set designer living in Brooklyn, NY. See her work at: This is a repurposed old blog. Because continuity is important. Malaprop is a malapropism
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3 Responses to The Last Straw.

  1. Ned Flanders Fields says:

    For variety, what do you think of one of these? (Or making something like it.)

    • meredithries says:

      ha! although I would argue that all straws are constructable like this. looks fun, though. I think I would want to set one up on a pathway… so i could keep my drink cup off my desk and away from my models while I work.

  2. Ned Flanders Fields says:

    Exactly. I used to build things out of straws too but to get adequate strength to go any distance you tend to lose flexibility. Definitely like the idea of having remote coffee access.

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