It must have been one of those English days, when there is nothing but rain outside and consolation can be found in a pint of beer. It must have been on one of these days that Adam Kimberley, once he drank his pint, looked at the colored beer mats and ended up becoming fond of this detail of the pub, neglected but deeply English inside.
From a very young age, Adam began collecting vintage coasters from English pubs, which then inspired him to become a graphic designer and illustrator.
On his Instagram page @beerstainedpulp Adam has collected over 500 coasters. The illustrations and typographic research are inspiring and precious, a testimony that was worth collecting in a book, that’s why “Beer Stained Pulp” was recently presented.
The book, published by Unicorn, is a reference book for graphic designers and artists, but also a nostalgic journey through English pubs, a sort of photo album that recalls old advertisements, parties and darts competitions. Adam Kimberley’s archive is not a collection of souvenirs, the kind you find in tourist stores all over the UK, not an anonymous testimony. Indeed, you can see the curved marks of glasses filled with Stout and Pils, an unmistakable sign that smells of cigarette matches and Sundays watching rugby and Premier League.