Homer Simpson wine design unveiledBy Lucy Shaw
Two Russian designers have unveiled their latest work – a pair of wine bottles inspired by Homer and Marge Simpson.
Created by Constantin Bolimond and Dmitry Patsukevich, the bottles take colour cues from the outfits of the famous cartoon couple.
The quirky bottle design was also in part inspired by the grid-like artworks of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, who worked from a palate of black, white and the three primary colours.
Dubbing the project “Wine, or maybe not?” The bottle’s back label states: “The drink was brought to life together with the cartoon characters in 1987.
“Maybe it is wine, maybe not. We are inviting you to find out yourselves. The contents has been kept secret for 26 years.”
The brainchild of Matt Groening, The Simpsons first aired on TV in 1987.
The wine design might come as a bit of a surprise to fans of the animated sitcom, as Homer Simpson is known to be a beer drinker, favouring fictional brew Duff.
The show’s owner, 20th Century Fox, is fiercely protective of the rights to the fictional beer brand and in 2012 forced a pair Colombian entrepreneurs to change the name of their beer from Duff to Duh in order to avoid copyright infringement.
The same year, German brewer Duff Beer UG filed a suit with the European Union’s general court in Luxembourg to allow it to register an EU trademark for Duff.
Meanwhile, Duffs Brewery in Dunedin, New Zealand, was forced to change its name to McDuff’s Brewery in 2002 due to copyright issues.