Post Modern: Letterboxes for the 21st century
The humble letterbox has remained largely untouched since its invention in the 1850s, but that is about to change. Five new designs by Northcote Pottery have been launched to accommodate the growing popularity of online shopping and modern home-style trends.
“Online parcel delivery jumped by almost 20 per cent last year. That is a lot of packages and the majority of them were sent in November and December, holding all of the Christmas and Boxing Day sales purchases,” Northcote Pottery’s Jacqueline Hughes said.
The new models feature enlarged doors, generous storage capacity and combination locks, allowing homeowners to share their code with their postal worker or courier. This allows delivery of larger packages through the rear door, with some models accommodating up to five-kilogram satchels, without worrying about parcel theft or missed deliveries.
Simple and stylish – Campbell
The new Campbell letterbox combines glass reinforced concrete and metal to create an understated design that will seamlessly blend with a number of minimalist home designs. Homeowners can also use their letterbox to reflect their surrounding areas, thanks to the two available colours, Slate, a perfect match for inner-city locations, and Travertine, a light, creamy stone hue that will fit into coastal and rural aesthetics.
With its simple geometric shape and gradated monochrome colour palate, the Lewis is a chic and modern twist on letterbox design. It can also be painted to any desired colour, allowing homeowners to put a personal touch on their property’s aesthetic. Alongside an enlarged door and combination lock, the Lewis offers a rain resistant mail slot. Mixed materials look – Gosford
Truly versatile, the Gosford’s natural stone-look front and concrete outer panels allow homeowners to add a natural motif to contemporary properties and vice versa. There are two front panel colour options, the understated light grey Ash Terrazzo, which will enhance subtle palates, or blend into colourways that are more vibrant. Meanwhile, the light cream Travertine is an excellent option for facades with subdued, neutral tones. Architectural angles – Elwood
Made to make an impact, the Elwood comprises stone and metal-look components in mid-tone and dark greys, set out in a striking geometric configuration. In line with the rest of the new models, Elwood includes an enlarged door and combination lock within its central pillar, while the main mail slot is offset creating a dramatic silhouette.
“Our new models offer an effective way to upgrade your street appeal and have been designed to be easily installed without assistance from a builder or handyman. They also add to our existing traditional letter-sized models, including the rustic Balinese style Vista and the classic look Plymouth,” Ms Hughes said.
The Northcote Pottery range has a mailbox to add style to any façade from traditional to contemporary or muted to vibrant.
For more information visit www.northcotepottery.com.