I have always loved letterforms, I guess it’s my graphic design background. I have been collecting vintage sign letters for the past few years from flea markets and antique stores – the older, more distressed the better.
My letters migrate around the house, some disappear for months at a time if I get tired of them. The contrast of these simple forms against the formal furniture that we’ve inherited really appeals to me. I don’t want my letters to spell anything, I’m really scared they’ll become “twee”.
I have collected a number of my favourite posts and articles from different sources showing stunning examples of vintage sign letters. I won’t use anyone else’s photos without permission so you’ll have to click on the links below.
The first example is my absolute favourite and is from positive-magazine.com and you have to scroll down to see the hallway with the giant Q. Some day when I grow up I want to have that hallway.
The second example is from thedesignchaser.com and is a gorgeous giant letter on an office wall.
I want to wander through this flea market in Nashville featured on le-minimalist.blogspot
This large r reminds me of my big b which I love. thelilypadcottage.com