Here’s some a bit of great news for all of you devotees of Heath Ceramics, the Sausalito, Calif.-based tableware purveyor — the self-described "farmer's market option for dinnerware and tile" — that emphasizes craftsmanship, functionality, and longevity over glitz, glamour, and disposability while producing goods that are made in a local, small-scale fashion:
Come June 1, Heath will release a series of handcrafted clay tile House Numbers using fonts created by iconic modernist designers Charles and Ray Eames and Richard Neutra. Sweet relief, Heath lovers! You can now display your love of everything and anything Heath not just on your table and in your cabinets but on the exterior of your home where everyone can see!
Given that the 3-D ceramics numbers — created by Heath in collaboration with famed type foundry House Industries — are selling for $38 a piece, here’s hoping that your address is something reasonable like 10 Park Lane and not 154202 NW 36th St.
Like all Heath products, the House Numbers are subject to a refreshingly folksy, holistic, and low-impact (Heath’s clay bodies require just one low-temperature firing instead of the normal two, saving precious energy and resources) manufacturing process that has pretty much remained the same since the company was founded in the mid-1940s. Check out more images of the House Numbers line and upcoming information here.