While it has long been associated with old-timey stores, neon is making a comeback.

With a history that dates back over a hundred years, the small luminous tube has slowly but surely made its way inside our homes to proudly illuminate our decor.

The bright idea of neon

Back in 1910, French engineer Georges Claude invented a process capable of illuminating a tube of electrical gas discharge. This process very quickly became popular thanks to its energy consumption, which is much lower than that of incandescent lamps and was seen in signs throughout the US between 1920 and 40. In the 1960s, the artistic world seized upon the material with Joseph Kosuth leading the way with his work “Neon.”

From artworks to our interiors 

While we may be gradually abandoning neon for low-energy light bulbs, decoration brands are picking up the slack. At once festive, fun and offbeat, neon offers an arty touch in any room.

At lighting designer d’ARMES, lighting fixtures are inspired by the Bauhaus and New Wave movements. Clean, pure lines combine with strong materials such as bronze and stone. The ensemble gives a retro accent, creating the feel of an updated brasserie setting.

Love in light

At Yellow Pop, the focus is on traveling with a neon map, or even to the moon.

Neon for the little ones

Neon may of course have an art feel about it, but it is also very accessible and fun. In a child’s room, it can be hung as a detail on the wall, for soft lighting or even a nightlight. Neon peace signs and ‘Love’ in writing can be found at A Little Lovely Company.

My neon or nothing

Sometimes you know best. That’s a concept that Seletti has understood with its personalisation service to form the words you choose.

This article was published via AFP Relaxnews.