We recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the neon sign. – Oh wow. – Maybe five years ago or six years ago. – And when did you start really making neon signs for restaurants all over the city?
But before that you need to check out that how much to LED signs cost.
It’s funny Katie, because one of my favorite signs was in the 80’s on Mott and Dayard and we did a sign that said, “we have Chinese food, we have Japanese food, “we have Vietnamese food,” and we did it in their own language so that’s one way of doing it but what we’ve been doing a lot of is really subtle lighting so like let’s say in restaurant Balthazar or Cafe Clooney or Cafe Luxemburg, we’ve done neon in all the beaded sconces and behind the bar.
You won’t walk into this turn of the century French bistro and say, wow, great neon. (Katie laughing) Because we’ve just made it like soft, subtle kind of light colors.
That’s what’s so so interesting and unique about neon signage to me is like it can be anything, like for me it’s very like nostalgic, like cinematic vibe but it can also be this entirely different addition to like the atmosphere and ambiance of a place. – You look at her.
I think she’s from Showgirls. – [Katie] Yes! – So it can be just like incredibly sexy, incredibly in your face or it could be so subtle like in this little lamp here because it’s such a versatile light source and super energy efficient. – I believe it.
It’s also really easy to make something really beautiful which you’re gonna do today. (Funky music) So heat it, bend it, and then blow it and that keeps the diameter correct, so now I’m marking for my next bend. (Funky music) – So, what can go wrong in this stage, like what are beginner mistakes or just things that can happen? – Glass is kind of a dynamic thing, you’re not ever sure what it’s gonna do, so I could put it in the fire and it could explode, hence the goggles. – Great, (laughs) oh my God.