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Funky House Numerals – NGS London

December 23, 2012


This page covers the bespoke sign practice of Nick Garrett and Jack Hollands, including Classic and Modern examples of Pub Signage, Reverse Glass work, Retail fascias and Cafe writing… with a gallery of recent works in videos and images that will add inspiration to your next sign project.

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House numbers are really just to help people find your house, right? Well, that doesn’t mean they have to be ugly! The below sets include authentic Eichler house ans NGS hand written numbers, available from and NGS London.

See more options after the jump.

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These [Neutra] are from DWR. I like how they sit away from the house and love how they can all of course be hand written in white gold leaf.

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and for the hand written….


Numerals and door insignia are an incredibly important statement for any home or business… the very first message that we have arrived.  So they have to be made just right.. and doing that is a particular art.

not simply numbers but beautifully important objects.

Writing numerals needs a fair bit of consideration – it’s a tight mix of typeface design, craft and architectural art.

For this set above, which adorn a 9 million pound hotel, my brush and little pot of black paint had to reflect that value.

I first needed to establish the perfect match in sizing and position and immediately set off down Cranley Gdns with tape in hand.  Fairly straight forward I hear you say… nah… every number and every height setting was different.

Measuring the heights, from deck of immediate neighbours nos 2o and 26 I found whopping 20mm difference in height positioning –  I decided on placing 22 in the balanced mean between the two of c51” H and 24 a shade higher.

Font sizes and styles also varied considerably up and down the street as they were all written by different hands over the past 30 years or so. This final numeral set I made was traced from 2 neighbouring lettered pillars and tweaked making them my own: distinctive, classic, yet beautifully modern.

In the end I measured every pillar numeral on Cranley Gardens in order to know with full certainty, my final measure.

Not only do we have to craft up a fine letter (often on a rough surface) but we need to marry them to the era, feeling and style of their neighbours.

It was quite nostalgic: as if decades of West London’s finest writers surrounded me as I wrote.

Restoring original fonts numerals

NGS made the sketch and final artwork,  for this nice gilded restoration numeral in Muswell Hill, London.

Gothic Sans serif – Dishoom Shoreditch

Mock up for Dishoom

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Unica Home has these, called Plane Numerals, and you can purchase a lighted back panel for them as well.

Speaking of lighted numbers, below are the solar LED numbers that have recently caused a buzz on the internet:

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These solar numbers illuminate about 8-10 hours after a sunny day.

As far as custom letters and numbers go, here are a few websites that specialize in custom designs:

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These above are from West On Letters, and their products are moderately priced. Another vendor is Accurate Images, Inc., who has some really cool color choices, including solid colors and bronzes in addition to having a huge font selection.

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I also love Object Creative’s colorful stencil-inspired numbers.

Modern House Numbers also has a great selection:

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  1. December 23, 2012 12:55 pm

    Reblogged this on Nick Garrett Traditional Signwriter & Glass Gilder.

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