Neon Alphabet is a cross-over between signage, jewellery and a font. Taking a cue from the language of neon signs and how the neon sign has a voice of its own regardless of its content, we intended to make our own version by inverting the material structure of neon signs, reflecting light instead of emitting it. We were fascinated by the mysterious light that's encased within the glass tubes of neon signs: almost as if the gas inside is a physical representation of the message the signs carry. Neon Alphabet reverses this position and exists as a tool for reflection, mirroring the signs around us back to ourselves.
Using the ancient technique of patination on silver which produces a seemingly modern "neon colours", we tried to create an effect that isn't specific to time and place but has its own space in the history of visual technologies. Like a font, the shape and character of each letter is informed and negotiated through the formal quality of each part used in the letters, creating a unified outlook while remaining legible.
Made with patinated and waxed sterling silver tubes and bent borosilicate glass tubes.
Made to order and available per letter or as a full set of the alphabet through Caroline van Hoek, Brussels.