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Project of The Month: MIO Apartments

Image by Indigo Real Estate © 2017

Western Neon is pleased to collaborate with Indigo Real Estate on Mio Apartments, their newest community property in Seattle. Located in the classic Roosevelt neighborhood, this ultra-modern collection of sleek and inviting Studio, Urban 1 Bedroom, and 1 Bedroom dwellings are inspired by local color and feature an array of amenities. Interiors feature stainless steel appliances, reflective quartz countertops, and sophisticated lighting solutions. Additionally, customizable decorative wall decals can be installed by on-call professionals to personalize each selected unit.

From the beginning, Indigo Real Estate sought to establish their exterior signage as an element that would not only convey these overall style objectives but simultaneously express them with the surrounding neighborhood with a minimal yet stylish approach.

Image by Western Neon © 2017

“We wanted a sign that was specifically modern, inspired and original, the acronym for MIO, for our newest apartment community in the Roosevelt district. Western Neon gave us what we asked for and scored a perfect 10. The team went above and beyond in exploring creative ideas with us, while understanding our budget. They really listened to our goals and went the extra-mile to create something special and memorable that could accomplish all of our objectives. Throughout the process, they kept us up to date on the progress, and in the end – we have an apartment sign that met and exceeded our expectations. We will definitely work with Western Neon again and would highly recommend their firm, for any and all signage needs.”

– Lehua Shiroma, Indigo Real Estate

Image by Indigo Real Estate © 2017

To accomplish this, Western Neon fabricated a unique set of channel letters with painted steel returns and acrylic faces. To add to the minimal feel of the building and style guide, the power supply was discretely hidden in an access panel in the soffit above the sign. The entire unit is illuminated Bitro LED modules and operated by their ultra-customizable RGB controller – allowing a full spectrum of scenes, color arrays, and prismatic effects. Conveniently, the lighting effects can also be operated by the Easy Lighting App for iOS and Android. With integrated elements like this, MIO Apartments is set to be as iconic on the exterior as they are on the inside for years to come.

Project of The Month: Funko’s Playful New Headquarters

Sign by Berry Sign/Image by Western Neon © 2017

Funko, known for their playful and brilliant take on all things pop culture, have opened a massive new headquarters and flagship store in downtown Everett, Washington. Located in the historic Port Gardner Building, now adorned by a collection of oversized characters from Batman to Guardians of The Galaxy’s Groot, this once subdued urban corner is a fantasy world made real.

Visitors entering the front door are instantly whisked away into the Marvel and DC Comics universe, the legendary Star Wars mythos, adventures in Manga, Disney, and countless other rabbit holes of endless enchantment. Funko’s in-house art team created every aspect of this ultra-detailed built environment from scratch with a group of highly-skilled and select craft persons working with a dedicated vision and decidedly nostalgic hand-drawn plans.

One can migrate between each interconnected space, quickly traversing from Arkham Asylum to a re-creation of the ice planet Hoth from Star Wars: Episode 5 – The Empire Strikes Back, while taking in the plethora of innovative toys, memorabilia, and ephemera sourced from each one of these franchises. As joyful and astounding as this experience is, nothing is more impressive than where it all started.

Environment by Funko/Image by Western Neon © 2017

Like the Pacific Northwest-based and globally impactful companies Microsoft and Amazon, Funko began in a garage. The founder, Mike Becker, started the company in 1998 as a mere side-project to generate low-tech toys with a focus on nostalgic themes.

Becker’s small project was a runaway success, and in 2005 he sold his burgeoning company. Now headed by Brian Mariotti, Funko has expanded its yearly multi-million dollar revenue reach by signing licensing deals with these iconic groups among many others: Sony Entertainment Group, Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, BBC and the NFL as well as high-profile gaming companies 2K and Bethesda.

Western Neon had the opportunity to help create an over 20′ tall, multi-color interior neon sign with Sensitile detailing for a classic movie theatre set located in the Marvel Universe area of Funko’s largest complex. Positioned among a battle between the Green Goblin and Spiderman and an epic, oversized Ironman sculpture, this throwback marquee places the viewer in a miniature version of Peter Parker’s (the real identity of Spiderman if you’re not a geek like us) New York while simultaneously announcing special guests who visit Funko. We were lucky enough to earn a spot on the backlit sign when we took the tour – thank you Funko!

Sign by Western Neon/Image by Western Neon © 2017

Whether you’re a dedicated collector of pop culture collectibles, have children, or there’s a child in you looking for a chance to play, a visit to Funko’s new headquarters will be a journey filled with guiltless joy. To think this all started with a bobblehead figurine and a dream is mind-blowing. Make a plan to visit Funko today!

Project of The Month: Tankard & Tun

Image by Tankard & Tun © 2017

Western Neon is pleased to collaborate with Pike Brewing on their continuing renaissance of the Pike Place Market for their newly added restaurant space Tankard & Tun. The addition features a tiered oyster bar, public and private dining, and a casual beer deck featuring both stunning views of Elliot Bay and glimpses into the expanded fermentation cellar.

Image by Tankard & Tun © 2017

Inspired by classic collector tankards, the definitive vessel for sipping cold craft beers, and the large casks that create them – Tankard & Tun is a nostalgic throw back to turn-of-the-century brewhouses by the sea and a forward-thinking location for light, bright bites. Pike Brewing mainstays, such as their famous IPA and Pike Place Ale, are served alongside new favorites like Seafair Summer Ale and Monk’s Uncle Tripel. Taps are on a rotating basis, so the beer is as sharp as the season.

Pair any of these curated creations with Chef Gabe Spiel’s selections of Pacific Northwest bounty like fresh salmon and sea beans for a perfectly designed full meal or happy hour gathering.

Image by Tankard & Tun © 2017

To highlight Tankard & Tun’s sense of history, Western Neon created a custom-designed blade sign shaped like a flag. This unique way finder mounts to a vintage ship mast that features their soon-to-be infamous octopus graphic logo and eponymous namesake rendered in an icy-blue neon script. Their sign is both a nod to the past and future, perfectly blending with Pike Brewing’s mission to serve the best in legendary craft beers with cutting-edge, locally-sourced fare for a perfect Seattle experience.

Plan your next visit to Tankard & Tun today!