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This classic design has been a standard in street signage since the days of Hans Christian Andersen.
Metropolitan is simply European sign tradition at its best.
The story about blue and white enamel signs is fascinating. The blue enamel signs are the most popular and widely used enamel signs in Europe, and thus a deeply rooted part of our sign tradition. It is also the first enamel signs to gain massive popularity during the industrialization era.
Already from the middle of the 1800s the blue color was widely used across Europe for house numbers and street signs. The signs were just as beautiful as they were functional.
One would think that the color choice had to do with aesthetics. But the real reason was that only this color was available for mass production, in addition to black and white.
The concept of blue nameplates, door signs, and name plaques became a reality on request from customers who were looking for a nice sign to match their blue house number.
There isn’t a long tradition for the blue door signs and name plates, as is the case for the blue house numbers. Originally this type of signs were mostly white with black. But this new innovation did however make sense, we thought. We therefore chose to introduce a limited range of ‘European-style’ blue name plates.
However with the overriding principle that all enamel signs must comply with our strict requirements: Original style, trim and stencil technique. Ramsign’s Metropolitan nameplates, door signs and name plaques are truly faithful to the signs from the turn of the century.
The colored enamel was then, as now, produced by adding a metal oxide as color pigment. In this case the pigment is chromium dioxide, producing the amazing deep blue color, which appears to be rather similar to ultramarine.
Blended into the vitreous substance, which enamel is, the color achieves a high color depth and clarity. This is presumably the reason for its continued popularity, even after a wealth of “new-fangled” colors have appeared.
The fact is, that a wide range of enamel works existed across Europe around and before 1900. This is evidenced by the many variations – also in style.
But we drew up an “archetypal” style based on the original house numbers, and this style we still use today. The graphic and physical quality of the products is 100% in line with the craft of the old days. This is Ramsign’s basic philosophy.
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