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Tuesday
Jul032018

Lightbulb Moment: Color Matching

Whether it’s one of the 1,625 standard colors in the Classic RAL System, the bold grassy hue of Benjamin Moore’s Cat’s Eye Green or a cheery shade of yellow pulled from a favorite piece of fabric, we can match it through our innovative custom paint and powder coat finishings program. The result is a fixture as unique as the room its in, as illustrated by the inspiring spaces below. Contact your Sales Coordinator to learn more. 

Image on Left: A custom Beacon pendant in RAL ‘Sapphire Blue’ matched to a Mark Phillips Custom Runner. Interiors by Adam Hunter. Image on Right: A Chiltern Double pendant in RAL ‘Olive Green’ is a perfect contrast to the softer green hue on the walls and cabinetry. Interiors by Jen Langston Interiors.

Image on Left: An oversized Cirque lantern in Benjamin Moore ‘Soft Glow’ stuns in this entryway with hints of coral. Image on Right: Two Cosy lanterns with RAL ‘Neon Yellow’ accents cap off this bright, white kitchen. Interiors by Shipshape Home.Image on Left: A Lundy pendant in Benjamin Moore ‘Fiery Opal’ to coordinate with the wall and ceiling trim. Interiors by Ken Fulk. Image on Right:: Mac pendants in RAL ‘Basalt Grey’and Hewn Brass mimic the cabinetry finishings.Image on Left: A pair of Malplaquet pendants in Pratt & Lambert ‘Duckling’ are a perfect complement to the tile backsplash. Interiors by Lucas Studio, Inc. Image on Right: A series of Hull pendants in Hewn Brass and Benjamin Moore ‘Cat’s Eye Green’ accents painted to match the ceiling trim at Legacy Records. Interiors by Ken Fulk.Image on Left: A Puck sconce in Farrow & Ball Brassica against a wall painted in the same hue. Interiors by Jen Langston Interiors. Image on Right: A pair of Sloane sconces with shades painted in Benjamin Moore ‘Tangelo’ add a pop of color to this nautical themed powder room.

Wednesday
Jun272018

14 Uses for the Skinny Sconce

We developed our skinny sconce line as the ultimate solution to the ultimate problem–space!  

Scroll through to view our 14 uses for a skinny sconce:

 

1. To Accent Artwork 

 

Pictured: Altamont Wall

 

 

2. To Complete Vertical Spaces

 

Pictured: Barber. Interiors by Foley & Cox.

 

 

3. In Tight Places 

 

Pictured: Bexley; Interiors by Steven Gambrel

 

 

 

4. To Complement Statement Pieces

 

Pictured: Huntley; Photography by Kevin Allen Photography; Interiors by Huntley & Co. Interior Design

 

 

 

5. In Succession 

 

Pictured: Huntley

 

 

6. On Bookshelves

 

Pictured: Huntley; Photography by Werner Straube; Interiors by David Scott Interiors

 

 

7. To Add Scale

 

Pictured: Melissa Quartz

 

 

8. To Set the Mood

 

 Pictured: Huntley; Interiors by Timothy Godbold

 

 

9. In Between Windows

 

Pictured: Garrison

 


10. Aside a Door

 

Pictured:Marlborough

 


11. In Alcoves

 

Pictured: Altamont Wall; Interiors by Adam Hunter, Inc.

 


12. Over a Fireplace

 

Pictured:Abbott; Interiors by James Michael Howard.

Pictured: Melissa Wall

 


13. On a Mirror

 

Pictured: Linc; Interiors by Taylor Anne Interiors.

 


14. Up a Staircase

 

Pictured: Bezel; Interiors by Jenny Fischbach.

Pictured: Scoop; Interiors by Workstead


Friday
Jun082018

4 Ways to Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior

New designs that will change the way you—and everyone you know—think about outdoor lighting

Nothing illuminates exterior design as well as, well, smart and exciting outdoor lighting. And the latest offerings from our new collection do not disappoint. From the Clover to the Hillgate to the Peel to the Vic on Bracket, these fixtures incorporate our best elements—faceted metal plates, pitched lantern roofs—into beautifully constructed bodies that beg to be seen and admired. Explore the new lights here.

The Clover was designed to bring a dose of polish and sophistication to outdoor spaces.

Architectural detailing and light-reflecting mirrored glass make the Hillgate Pocket a go-to for outdoor illumination.

Peel: The ultimate outdoor statement fixture.

The Vic on Bracket is classic, timeless, and versatile—and prepared to add depth and visual interest to narrow walls and unconventional outdoor spaces.

Thursday
May172018

Legacy Records

Ken Fulk's newest restaurant project, Legacy Records, is a showcase for his talent of mixing color, texture and unique materials.  Ken is a true master in creating spaces that are fun, vibrant and encourage people to congregate and linger.  Legacy Records is located in Henry Hall, a new building in the up and coming NYC neighborhood of Hudson Yards.  The building includes the restaurant along with several lounges and bar areas...many of which feature Urban Electric fixtures - let's take a tour, shall we?!

 

His use of our Hull Pendants and The Flat Semi-flushmounts in a custom paint color (Benjamin Moore's 'Cat Eye Green') and hewn brass unify the space and are the perfect complement to the dark wood paneling and marble tiled floor.  Even the coffered ceiling trim, with inlayed natural caning, is painted in the same shade.  The bold choice of this classic green was made to invoke an old school pretty country club vibe...but in a modernized way.

 

Moving upstairs we encounter one of the public lounges, a perfect spot to grab a coffee and sit with your laptop or a quick low-key cocktail at the end of the day.  Here, Ken selected our Lundy Pendants painted in Benjamin Moore 'Fiery Opal' and accented in Hewn Brass.  The warm coppery-colored hue works so well with all of the earthy elements of the room and are the perfect contrast to the exaggerated black and white checkerboard floor.

 

Next, we move into the semi-private lounge which has an amazing old Hollywood, sleek yet sultry feel.  Here, the intricate pressed metal ceiling is punctuated by the super clean lines of our Jackson flush-mounts.  Again, Ken's mix of textures, material and finishes are in perfect harmony and create a super inviting atmosphere.  The perfect room for deep conversation with good friends and great cocktails...

 

On the top floor of Henry Hall, you'll find a private space available for parties and dinners.  We threw a dinner party recently to celebrate the launch of our collection of Illustrated Shades by Robert Escalera, and the space did not disappoint.  The rooms are sophisticated, cozy and perfectly curated.  And we love how Ken used our Rex Flushmounts in place of can lighting to provide that extra element of design.

 

Make sure to check it out the next time you are in the city!

 

Photography by Genevieve Garruppo.
Wednesday
May092018

Dave Dawson on 15 years in business with Editor at Large

The Urban Electric Co.'s founder, Dave Dawson, shares his reflections on 15 years in business with Editor at Large.

My wife and I started our lighting company  in a tiny workshop in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.  As a former attorney without design or manufacturing experience, I had almost no idea what I was doing and, perhaps worse,  I had no idea what I didn’t know. I’ve learned a lot of lessons, most of them through trial and error or just plain failure.  

 When I was just starting Urban Electric, I dove headfirst into every new idea. Big or small, bold or bad, every idea was an opportunity to prove we were up to the challenge.

 Though I sometimes miss that brash, younger self, today I try to be more measured in what initiatives  are worth pursuing, particularly if they involve substantial resources or risk. This spring, we’re launching a new collection of exterior lights. And while this is intended to pay homage to our beginnings (a time when we were almost entirely focused on exterior lanterns), our product range has come a long way. Today, it includes everything from sconces and pendants to floor and table lamps and lampshades. The diversification of our product line has happened steadily over a number of years, often as a result of that early,  brash confidence.

 As with most small companies, we’ve had scant data or analytics to guide our product roadmap, so we’ve most often relied on pure gut—which was not necessarily a bad use of instinct at the time, given its relative low risk: Design a new product based purely on what we love, put it into the world, and let the market tell us whether or not it was a good idea.

Kensington pendant in Hewn Brass, Interiors by Workstead
At our core, we are a design company.   While we are committed to a regular cadence of new products each month, we refuse to compromise on the integrity of the designs.  In that regard, I am lucky to have an incredible creative director  in Michael Amato, whose strict attention to detail and uncompromising commitment to quality has kept our standards high. The Kensington pendant, for instance, took us three years to develop and a significant amount of R&D investment to get right—the size of the glass globe, the subtle curved frame, and the LED paneling made it an incredibly difficult product to execute, but it was worth it in the end. Perhaps not completely justified on a spreadsheet, but justified nonetheless, because we had created something beautiful—something we were proud of.