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|The functional design created in 1927 by Danish architect Knud V. Engelhardt, Denmark's first industrial designer. With Engelhardt's ingenious sign concept, form and function harmonize perfectly.
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RAMSIGN's Engelhardt series is a tribute to the Danish architect and designer Knud V. Engelhardt (1882-1931). The circular house numbers and the three distinctive, almost elliptical name plates (those bearing a small red heart placed discreetly at the bottom), are 100% true to KVE's original designs and styles. The house numbers are the cornerstone of a signage concept Knud V. Engelhardt developed and delivered in 1927 to the Municipality of Gentofte, north of Copenhagen.
At RAMSIGN we greatly respect Knud V. Engelhardt. He was deeply committed to improving the design used in everyday life. For KVE ergonomics played a vital role. This was notably before the term "ergonomics" was invented. Knud V. Engelhardt is by many (and rightly so!) regarded as Denmark's first industrial designer. His work stands today as a testimony to his great graphic skills and attention to detail.
The Danish graphics grand old man, Erik Ellegaard Frederiksen, writes about Knud V. Engelhardt: "To him, things were under development until they had found a definitive solution, that was both functional and aesthetic at the same time. In the view of future generations aesthetics can change to some degree. But the notion of function will not. Herein lies his originality, and it seems so much greater, because his peers were not thinking along these lines."
We have put a lot of work into finding the original drawings and into bringing the more than 80 years old KVE style to use in the modern digital age. We owe many thanks in this respect to the Danish Museum of Art & Design and their staff, for their support and assistance with this project. The drawings are the foundation of what we know today as the Engelhardt series. This means, that you can be sure that your round Engelhardt house number, or oval nameplate (with KVE's red heart on) is 100% true to KVE's original design. Note that in contrast, RAMSIGN's own style is used for the rectangular house numbers - please Click here for more on this.
As is the case for the Highlander series, the beauty of the signs lies for a large part in the simplicity and integrity of the design, which is tight and conservative - well one is tempted to call it timeless.
Unfortunately KVE's life's work and great achievement has remained virtually unknown. We urge everyone to tell others about Knud V. Engelhardt. Make a difference. Order your first genuine Engelhardt porcelain enamel sign from RAMSIGN.