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 Happy 2018 from The Luminor Sign Co! 

2017 was a big year for us here at Luminor. We got the keys to 145 Bethnal Green Rd and set about bringing London’s first sign painting shop in 40 years to life! This leap of faith was only made possible by the lovely folks who have come to us since we opened for signs and lettering. We’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of these great projects and look forward to our plans for 2018. 


As well as sign painting and gold leaf, we also love working on custom hand-lettering and branding projects. When it came to designing Luminor's own business cards we wanted to go to town on the design and print. Rather than using existing typefaces, the entire design was drawn custom and printed by our good friend Thomas Mayo who did us proud in white and gold foil. If you’re looking for quality print in London look no further!

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September saw our amigos over at Breddos Tacos opened up their second joint over in Soho. Following our first collaboration at their Clerkenwell restaurant, we were honoured to be asked back to bring some Mexican flavour to their new shop front, windows, menus and a folky style margarita menu. 

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Founders Nud & Chris started off with a makeshift taco hut in a car park in Hackney back in 2011 and have since done residencies, cook books and now two stylish eateries serving some of the best Mexican food in town. They trusted us to just ‘do our thing’, and had a blast! Great to be part of the team setting up this awesome venue.


Meantime Brewery

Six craftspeople from around the UK were challenged by Meantime Brewery to create a piece of work in six weeks  (the same time it takes to brew a beer) as part of their ‘Make Time For It’ campaign. We created a gilded panel with mirrored gold, a fade of different gold leaf, pearl in-lays and a decorative border. 

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Dapper Signs Take-Over

Bristol’s finest James ‘The Killer’ Cooper aka Dapper Signs joined us for a week of pay-what-you-want paper signs and window splashes back in October. Ged and Coop have been painting together since 2012 so it was great to work side by side for the likes of CaravansérailMonty’s DeliFlash Back RecordsBad SportsCurious Duke Gallery and Breddos. Oh what a week!

               Our next takeover with Norway's finest ' Frisso ' - Letterer and Sign Painter extraordinaire, from 12th to 18th February at  Luminor Sign Co .

             Our next takeover with Norway's finest 'Frisso' - Letterer and Sign Painter extraordinaire, from 12th to 18th February at Luminor Sign Co.


Workshop News

Having taught calligraphy and lettering at Universities and art schools in the UK and abroad since 2013,Ged will now be offering day and weekend courses in 'An Introduction to Calligraphy & Brush Lettering' here at the shop. We are honoured to have been contacted buy the sign-making tutors from Arcus Technical College over in the Netherlands who will be joining us in February.  We will be hosting the next one day workshop on the 3rd of March, if you are interested in joining us please enquire here.


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A little about Luminor Sign Co: Lettering artistGed Palmer opened up shop at 145 Bethnal Green Road in March 2017, basing the shop on the original 'Luminor Sign Co' which stood on the corner of Old St & City Rd and closed it's doors in 1938. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October News


We have been celebrating the change of season here at Luminor Sign Co. Whilst welcoming the crisp weather here in London we have also been looking back at some of the great projects we have worked on over the summer.

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One of our favourite summer projects was working with the wonderful Anna Mae's. We were approached by the dynamic duo Anna & Toni 'Macaroni' back in January and asked if we could bring some extra flavour to their beloved  'Burt Reynolds', a 1980's GMC truck. From there we went full throttle, doing all their menus and fascia signs for their 'Mac not Crack' events catering company. Anna Mae's set up their shop back in 2013, hitting the ground running with appearances at all of the Summer's best events and swiping a spot in The Guardian 'Top Ten Street Foods' . They fast became our Summer favorites and we even managed to catch up with them for a macaroni and boogie at this year's Shambala festival! 


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We're honoured to be working closely with our friends at the fabulous Cafes Belleville, Paris. After giving us the task to create their branding back in 2014, this amazing Paris based coffee company has gone from strength to strength, opening their classic 10th arrondissement outlet, La Fontaine, and now their second roastery in the Belleville neighbourhood of Paris.  We've been lucky to join them step by step, producing design for print and web as well as all the hand-painted signs and gold leaf work in their venues in Paris. 


Over the summer we were asked to create a beautiful bespoke mirror for their new cafe with the text: 'Jus De Chausette EXTRA' which translates as 'Sock Juice', an expression in French for bad filter coffee. We had the chance to add all the bells and whistles on this one: mirrored gold outlines, a gradient of 24, 22 and 18CRT gold leaf, pearl inlay, with a distressed mirror background, finished off with a decorative Art Deco border.


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Now everyone is back from their holidays and settling into Autumn, we've been inspired to create an array of show cards for various businesses, expressing the seasonal change and giving some pop to folk's window displays.

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Show cards - are paper or card signs used in shop displays and were common place up until the 1960's. Lots of sign painters operated 'card shops' which specialised in just this type of sign, made quickly using calligraphy pens and brushes. This design was based on a design by a London Show card writer named W.A. Vickers who operated in the 1950's.

Dapper Signs Take-Over

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We are stoked to announce the impending arrival of Jimmy 'The Killer' Cooper aka Dapper Signs hailing from the fine city of Bristol. He'll be the first of what we hope will be an on-going series of sign painter's 'take-overs' here at The Luminor Sign Co. For those who know Coop's work, there's a lively bounce and old school flavour (often peppered with his characteristic salty language!) to his work that is instantly recognisable and still wonderfully original – and always fun.

For the week of the 23rd to the 27th of October Coops and Ged will be producing some snappy window splashes and paper signs for local business in and around the Brick Lane area. As well as some requests from neighbours such as Rose DIYHunkey Dorey Vintage and Flashback Records we'll also be taking quick commissions on a pay what you want basis - just don't expect to have too much control on the exact message or style! Feel free to drop us an email with any requests.


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A little about Luminor Sign Co: Lettering artistGed Palmer opened up shop at 145 Bethnal Green Road back in March, basing the shop on the original 'Luminor Sign Co' which stood on the corner of Old St & City Rd and closed it's doors in 1938.