Retro signs


The first distressed painted furniture in UK came out of a garage in Brixton… my garage… and launched it 1986. Painted Country – by Tricia Guild CEO of Designers Guild was the publication I filled to the brim with Bright Distresses… and filled their flagship Kings Road store to the brim for 15 years too!

From there my expectation has always been… if it’s successful it sells – I have to make it succeed. But I have had to constantly battle inner doubt.  Don’t we all? In truth no… but for me it has been a huge mountain to climb and stay atop. My dad always slagged me off for being a sloppy painter (that’s where the doubt came in) … so there I was in Designers Guild mode, smashing up the surface, crackling it till it hung off, then nibbled at the peels until the floor was strewn with shards of multi colour paint debris… and the piece looked killer stunning. Clients: Robert Plant, George Michael, the late great Steve Clarke… Now I can cut a line just how we like it or chop up some historic distress just how some hate it… but those with uber cool love the thing – Retro. Kudos.


2013-09-30 13.42.37 Avalon ornate Be at one logo finished B1 Visuals 3 1551601_10202858545642698_2087682229_n 1533816_10202879521807089_953497518_n Designed and written by NGS - Nick Garrett's retro sign typography  1505388_10202858546602722_319756504_n 1555500_10202857152687875_1977974472_nAvalon open floral EWELME fini Designed and written by NGS - Nick Garrett's retro sign typography NGS white paint on nose Old post office retro sign NGS 0341.jpg London Chalk art  artis chlakie menu boards chalk boards chalkboards London signs NGS hand painted 534251_648114878534536_578085446_n

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