The Skinny on the Skinny Sconce

Skinny sconces aren’t just a decorative lighting element—they’re as crucial to a room’s overall aesthetic and fundamental design plan as, say, a pendant that hangs over a kitchen island or a dining room chandelier.  Why?  Below, our thoughts on the specific virtues of this essential lighting category (and emerging trade staple).

Hedges in hewn brass with Farrow & Ball Studio Green accent.

Skinny Sconces offer a creative, fresh and less expected approach to statement lighting.  Skinny Sconces elevate a space both physically and aesthetically (ie they bring the eye up).  Skinny Sconces have a unique size and shape that gives them undeniable presence, makes them feel inherently special and enhances their versatility without sacrificing impact.


Left: Marlborough in hewn brass with antique mirror on cobalt blue inlay and partially etched glass. Right: Push in RAL 9010 Pure White.

Skinny Sconces adapt seamlessly to new uses and configurations as spaces and styles evolve over time.  Skinny Sconces confer a bespoke vibe that easily and instantly elevates any space (without the added effort or expense).  Skinny Sconces save space and solve problems without sacrificing impact. 


Push in polished nickel.

Skinny Sconces serve as both an instrument of creativity and an element of cohesion—often at the same time. Their unique shape and size make them a great way to add visual continuity throughout an entire house while their multi-functionality ensures the effect feels fresh and original each time.  Skinny Sconces literally work everywhere.


Left: Finn in white with hewn brass accents. Right: Hedges in black with polished nickel accents.

An Interview with The Entrepreneurs Podcast

Have you ever wondered how our founder, Dave Dawson, built The Urban Electric Company?  If so, then listen to his newly released interview with host Matt Alagiah on this week's episode of Monocle 24 Radio's The Entrepreneurs podcast. 

In this weekly podcast of the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business, Dave explains how and why he took a leap of faith and left his legal career to launch The Urban Electric Company 15 years ago. And we sure are glad he did!  

Listen to the full interview here.


A Note on Company Culture with Editor at Large

In part two of his case study series with Editor at Large, The Urban Electric Company's founder, Dave Dawson, shares his reflections on company culture after 15 years in business. 

Like a lot of American craft companies, we are a people-centric business—not just because payroll is by far our largest expense and investment, but also because our success and sustainability relies almost exclusively on the passion and creativity of our team. Our care for this strategic resource is mission-critical.

Consciously or not, every company has a culture that’s built around some centralizing principles—sometimes these are uplifting and positive, oftentimes negative and destructive. Knowing that a culture will take root, whether you choose it or not, a smart company proactively selects constructive and “leverageable” principles. At Urban Electric, we’ve chosen to centralize our culture around mission and value.

At a very fundamental level, I believe the currency people value most in a career (apart from a paycheck, which, presumably, they can get lots of places) is to: (a) feel valued and (b) have a sense of mission in their work. These two things, though intangible, matter more to your employees than any benefit you can give them. They’re more important than a nice desk, a benefits package or a company picnic. When people believe in the collective company mission and feel that the organization believes in them, they’ll run through brick walls.

There is hardly anything more powerful than a group of passionate people who have rallied around a shared mission; part of our mission is to revive and sustain artisanal craftsmanship in this country. That’s a bold mission for a little company like ours, but it elevates our viewpoint to something larger than our individual selves. It also provides inspiration for our daily work.

Read the full article here.


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.


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




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