Christian Louboutin Neon letters
I wrote about this Vegas inspired, neon installation for Christian Louboutin while it was on show at the Design Museum in Butlers Wharf, London.
This version feels quite at home in their flagship store in Mount Street and a smaller version in Paris. The mix of colours and shapes is enough to make you want to smash ‘n’ grab them.
Sparkling photography by Susie Rea
Christian Louboutin Neon Graveyard
We collaborated with the team at Christian Louboutin to create an amazing Vegas-inspired typographical installation. Each letter has it’s own story to tell and can be traced back to original Vegas signage. The stainless steel shells house a mix of Pygmy and Golfball bulbs, 4 different colours of neon, backlit perspex and crystal Cabochon. To make sure the window all came together beautifully each letter was powder coated in a rich, bright and glossy colour to match a shoe or a bag in Christian Louboutin’s current collection.
The window was such a success in Mount St that we recreated a smaller version for the flagship Paris store.
Neon “t” for Tumblr
I spotted this simple, flickering, neon animated gif on Tumblr earlier (I’m as attracted as a moth to good neon letters). I noticed that it had gathered close to a whopping 100,000 likes and reblogs [now over 200,000!]. It’s attributed to vicforprez from California, who specialises in making these animated files.
The Neon Man (part II)
Here are some more examples of Chris Bracey’s fantastic neon artworks.
When he first started making neon signs commercially, Chris approached one of the seedy strip clubs that were once packed into London’s Soho area and offered to create something special that would improve their awful, cheap signage. He chose the name too and ‘The Pink Pussy Cat Club’ was born. From there he was commissioned to create almost every club sign in the area.
God’s own junkyard - The Neon Man
These photos feel wonderfully festive.
After making neon signs for 37 years, Chris Bracey has truly earned his nickname, The Neon Man. He learnt the process from his father, who used to make signs for amusement arcades, fairgrounds and circuses.
Working as a neon light artist, Chris’s work is very desirable and his reputation has been amplified by high-profile collectors and blockbuster films featuring his signs (among the movie list you can spot several fictional cities including Superman’s metropolis, Tim Burton’s Batman’s Gotham City, and Judge Dredd’s Mega-City).
These shots have been taken at his warehouse in East London, dubbed “God’s Own Junkyard”, where Chris has collected up to 1,000 neon signs, including many of his own works and film props.
The Neon Boneyard
I was recently sent this article, written by Josh Smith for IDSGN. He describes this typography oasis, out in the dessert near Las Vegas. It looks stunning.
There are over 150 signs, some dating back to the 1930s, from the original Moulin Rouge to Liberace’s signature.
There’s some great photos. Take a look.
This fantastic artwork is by Chris Bracey — aka the Neon Man — who has been producing light-up creations for 37 years.
Some friends just acquired this piece from his pop-up gallery in London’s Soho. The letters are mounted on reclaimed wood from an old shipping crate, emblazoned with the words “Handle with care” stenciled on it. Nice touch.
A for Apotheke
Beautiful. This was published without a description but I’m told that this neon sign can be found in the window or over the door of every pharmacy in Germany
We wanted to be the sky by Tim Etchells.
Produced by the amazing Neon Circus.
I’ve written previously about the work of artists Tim Etchells and Rob & Nick Carter. Their neon and LED works have been created with the technical help of Neon Circus who have a long history of producing work for architectural, TV and art projects. There is some beautiful work shown on their site, some you might recognise.