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Typography hits the right key in home decor

Numbers and letters are hot off the press this season in decorative items, dishware and soft furnishings.

By KIM COOK Published: November 11, 2010
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eir Camus floor lamp has a veneer shade laser-cut with Albert Camus' quote, "You cannot create experience, you must undergo it."

Walls can support a variety of strong graphics, and are a perfect place to play with numbers and letters. Cafe Press has the simple yet striking Helvetica wall clock. Ikea's Olunda Typeface wall art depicts the alphabet in bold black, white and red.

Flamboyant, innovative fashion designers Chris Brooke and Bruno Basso have ventured successfully into wall coverings with "Alphabet," a lacy, intricate pattern of Greek letters in a palette of sophisticated tone-on-tone and softly contrasting hues.

Inspired by layers of advertising on New York City billboards, Megan Meagher created collages of fonts on two canvases; find them at Crate & Barrel.

The retailer also has a kicky collection of cocktail-oriented serveware with chatty, multi-font words forming drink pitcher and martini glass shapes on slivers of white porcelain.

For the floor, consider Peacock Park Design's wildly popular Tattoo mat, an antiquarian-style set of inky fonts printed on bamboo. CB2's Club Red rug is a plush and punchy rendition of a London club poster.

Ikea's Vitaminer Siffra duvet set is a peppy pop of colors and numbers.

And finally, Donna Wilson plays with the whole concept by scripting "Blah Blah" across a soft, cozy blanket. Well said, Ms. Wilson.

(c) The Associated Press.