Those who know me even just a little bit will be aware of my addiction to all things bright and bold, and neon lights are no exception. I remember exactly when I started to obsess over neon lights: it was 10 years ago in a now defunct gallery in Central London called Haunch of Venison where I discovered the work of Dan Flavin. It was a revelation. Flavin was a New-York based artist who worked mainly with fluorescent lights and the first artist to bring neon lights into art galleries back in the 60's. Since then, the trend has continued to grow at fast pace, with many artists now working exclusively or not with neon lights, including Tracey Emin who has become the cover girl for neon typography artwork...
Neon letters and symbols are no longer confined to the walls of galleries or dingy bars and have now made their way to people's homes.
The emporium for vintage neon signs in London has to be God's Own Junkyard. If you love neon lights and haven't been to this magical place yet, I strongly advise you organise a day trip to Walthamstow in East London pronto and prepare yourself to be blown away. I visited God's Own Junkyard for the first time earlier this year and I was totally mesmerised!
Most neon signs and lights are available to rent mainly for events (I'd like to get married all over again just to get that Wedding Chapel sign!) and some are available to buy.
Prices for vintage neon signs used to be indecently high even on eBay but, with the trend for neon typography showing no sign of slowing down, many retailers have jumped on the bandwagon and now offer neon signs at affordable prices.
You may have spotted the pink 'amour' sign in my living room in a previous post. I had it custom made by the clever chaps at Neonandsignmakers.com in East London a few years ago for around £250. It's one of my favourite pieces of our living room.
There are so many places where you can buy ready made neon signs. The Letter Room have a great selection including these fabulous 'Blue' and 'Red' signs (£125).
If you budget stretches out a bit further, you could have one custom made. Try Write in Lights who can literally turn any piece of handwriting or symbol into a fabulous neon art piece (prices start at £400).
What do you think? Ready to take the plunge and add a statement neon light into your home decor?