Eye On Design with Elizabeth Martin

Eye on Design with Elizabeth Martin
San Francisco, CA


(1) What UECo light do you like to use the most and why?

I love the Urban SmokeBell hanging fixture. This light sums up what I love about lighting and design. The antique mirrored glass has a patina and gives this light “an other worldly” feel. The lines of this fixture are simple yet tip its hat to antique lanterns of the past, however UECo’s version is most definitely modern. This fixture can go in a classically traditional setting or very modern space and work equally well, love it!

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?


Olga, Altamont Wall, Factory, Jackson, Savvy, Marin

(3) What is your design philosophy?

Oh my, simplicity I suppose…and letting materials speak for themselves. There is perfection in imperfection…perfection is actually boring and so not interesting to view.

(4) What is something people may not know about your firm?

We love to help and uplift our clients in their knowledge and education of design and process…and that we love to laugh and bring that sense of fun to our projects!

(5) What is your favorite part of a home to design and why?

Honestly I like it all. Each room in a home has distinct requirements and feeling and so that is what is interesting with design. I also love the collaboration with our clients, helping them create an environment that is theirs- is everything and very rewarding.

(6) Three design resources you can’t live without?

I love 1st dibs, they are a great outlet to view antiques from around the world. Flea markets anywhere… (I love picking up what others discard and reimagine that which is found.) And Pinterest is a great source for describing something and of course for inspiration.

(7) Best design tips you have learned from experience?

Design is a process and needs to evolve. You can change your mind. Simplicity speaks louder than “louder”.

(8) What do you collect?

It’s funny as I get older I have become less of a collector – I try to let things pass through me… rather than to “collect” or to “hold on”. I suppose the few things I will always collect are art and books. I bought a Richard Diebenkorn drawing recently…it makes me happy every time I look at it.

(9) What are your favorite paint colors to use?

I tend to go in extremes. I love dark moody colors or clean crisp colors. For example, I love the color seen in the bathroom of our Showcase House that the Marin light fixture is shown. The color in this room is called Andromeda by C2… it is a dark black/green.

(10) What are your favorite design books?

The books I look at for inspiration are more in the art and architecture realm. I was recently in Houston on a project and visited the Rothko Chapel, I bought every book I could on his work.