Our newest house number range came on the market in July 2019 to meet a demand we are often asked about – 3D house numbers, chunky house numbers or thick house numbers. All our stainless steel house numbers are cut from 3mm thick stainless steel, which gives a sturdy finish and a weighty product. However we often get asked by customers to provide numbers that are much thicker for a 3D effect. Cutting thicker metal would make the numbers both very expensive to cut and to send in the post. Meanwhile in the workshop we were accumulating piles of off-cuts of 5mm acrylic from our LED signs; these products are often large, leaving us with lots of end pieces that are too small for other LED products and mounds of unused plastic destined to just be recycled.
Rather than wasting this plastic we have put it to good use in our 3D range. Our 3D house numbers will have the same 3mm thick surface of steel, and we will be re-purposing the plastic behind the numbers to create a built up look. The plastic backing not only brings the surface of the number forward, but creates an almost halo effect around the sides of the number, brightening the edges.
The number below is the number 2 in our Helvetica stainless steel house number range which you can purchase here.
With the popularity of these 3D house numbers growing we decided to also add a range of 3D numbers in the ever popular Anthracite Grey.
Although we stock in two styles and at one size 150mm high, please contact us if you have any custom requests for a 3D house number
The Mackintosh font is influenced and based on the handwriting and artwork of the famous Glasgow artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh (born 1868, died 1928).
He is well known for his sculptures and watercolour paintings, and perhaps most famously his architecture. Mackintosh’s ground breaking designs used lines to create more abstract representations of the natural world. He studied art and design at the Glasgow School of Art, which he later designed a building for, named suitably ‘The Mackintosh Building’.
Unfortunately this beautiful building partially burnt down on the 19th October 2018, and now the most damaged areas are being rebuilt in the original, intended style so as to blend in perfectly with the remaining parts of the building. As well as designing many other buildings nationwide, Mackintosh also designed all of the fixtures and fittings in the Glasgow School of Art; below you can see his iconic flower designs evolving into architectural features. We use his iconic rose motif on our mackintosh house number plaques.
Mackintosh was particularly influential across Europe, especially in France and Italy, and although reached international fame abroad, was never well renowned in Britain until after his death in 1928.
‘Life is the leaves which shape and nourish a plant, but art is the flower which embodies its meaning’ – Rennie Mackintosh
Mackintosh is famous in particular for his unique, angular style in his font and sculptural work, often decorated with extra lines and dots of your choosing. There are two options for each letter with subtle variations of shape and decoration, which means that your choice of letters in the Mackintosh font is a really special and unique design. The whole number set and alternative letter styles can both be seen below: