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Thursday
Jun072012

A conversation with Audrey Carden

Carden Cunnietti, www.carden-cunietti.com, London, UK

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

Olga. We have used this fitting in various projects as it is a great solution for a bathroom light. I love it's simplicity and that it can work in modern or traditional settings.

(2) Your five picks of favorite UECo lights?

    

Gwenwood
Carlyn Double
Diamond
Gunston
Morris Ribbon

(3) What is your design philosophy?

Creating a beautiful glamourous space should be fun and enjoyable

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

The members of our design team are from all continents.

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

My favourite part of the home to design is the bedroom. It's a place where people should feel relaxed and calm.

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

1. 1st Dibs
2. Our Digital library
3. Trade fairs like Milan Saloni and Maison

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

• Even in a very modern space add vintage pieces to give character.
• Spend money on items that are going to be used everyday like bathroom fixtures as scrimping in these areas can be costly in the long run.
• For flooring: work with neutral base and layer colour in rugs …changing a floor (wood, stone or carpet) can be disruptive and costly.

(8) What do you collect?

Photography

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

I change my colour preferences regularly, however white is the best background for modern art.
Navy and black – darker, stronger colours are fun for transitional spaces like hallways, games rooms and corridors.

(10) What are your favorite design books?

"The World of Muriel Brandolini: Interiors" by Muriel Brandolini and Amy Tai
"Live Love and Decorate" by Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Tim Street-Porter

Thursday
May312012

May 17. 6pm. 

At last, the long awaited launch event of our new collection with designer Steven Gambrel. Starting 12 hours earlier with delivery and set up – it had all come together flawlessly. The team at Industria Superstudio could not have been more accommodating. With yet an hour to spare, a fully stocked bar and music up, we were ready for the 200+ guests expected to attend.

Click here to see "The Making of Steven Gambrel for The Urban Electric Co."

Click here to view the full product collection.

Thursday
May312012

The Making Of: Steven Gambrel for The Urban Electric Co.

Hindsight is always 20/20. Each time we launch a collaboration with an outside designer, we wish after the fact that we had been able to document the steps getting us from concept to launch. This year, we are excited to bring you our new collection designed by Steven Gambrel – and we made sure to capture it along the way. Click below to see the behind the scenes view into the making of our latest designer collection.

 

 

Monday
Apr162012

Donnie

Donnie Driggers, UECo's official barrista and much more. Click the video below to see the inspiring story of one of our favorite co-workers and how he came to The Urban Electric Co. Donnie is a daily inspiration to the entire company and a model employee filled with drive and enthusiasm.

For the last 6 years, The Urban Electric Co. has been a proud partner of the Charleston Disabilities Board and believes in the importance of its mission to further those challenged with disabilities. Through the continued efforts of the Disabilities Board, the company has had the pleasure of employing several individuals under this program.

The Charleston division is part of a state-wide network of county Disabilities and Special Needs Boards created by the South Carolina Legislature. Their mission: to assist people with disabilities in meeting their needs, pursuing their dreams and achieving their goals; and to minimize the occurrence and reduce severity of disabilities through prevention. The Board focuses on a person's abilities and provides the supports that individual needs to be successful on a long-term basis, with special emphasis on employment opportunities.

 

 

Tuesday
Apr102012

A conversation with Kristine Paige Kamenstein

Jackson Paige Interiors, http://www.jacksonpaige.com, West Hollywood, CA

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

Maxine Up-Downs. They are fabulous looking library bookshelf lights and great bedside lamps. We recently ordered them for a client with a customized rectangular back-plate, which I loved.

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?

     

1. "Cosy" – Michael Amato's designs are genius! I just saw the new "Cosy" fixture, which is destined to be my new favorite. The yellow would be perfect for our design studio and we just specified it in a Kiwi green for a client's stairway.
2. "Kent" – Perfect Veranda lights! We love custom coloring them with the hood in a different color than the bottom.
3. "Mini Stable" – An adorable pendant over a small kitchen island or bar/counter-top.
4. "Poppy" – Amanda Nisbet's designs are all so clever! I would love to use this in a family room or over a kitchen island.
5. "Alexander" – I love the graceful lines of this fixture. We have it specified right now for a hospital lobby, paired with two Kents. I'm excited to see it all come together.
6. "Linc-less" – So elegant and refined. I love the way light emanates from it.

(3) What is your design philosophy?

My design philosophy is to keep our clients needs and desires at the foreground of our designs, to take chances and make new discoveries on every project and to keep our designs contemporary and clean with a classical edge.

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

The name of my firm, Jackson Paige Interiors, comes from my middle name, Paige, and my founding partner's middle name, Jackson. My business partner and dear friend, Sasha Jackson Premoli, passed away from metastasized cervical cancer 5 years ago. She is incredibly missed and the memory of her personal style and passion for design continues to inspire me.

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

I always love designing the spaces where our clients spend the majority of their home time. For most people that is their family room. I enjoy designing these rooms to be as useful, comfortable and stylish as possible. I want my clients to look forward to coming home, pouring themselves a drink, grabbing a book or the remote and putting their feet up in a beautiful and relaxing space. People work so hard, it is important to unwind the body and the mind at the end of a long day.

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

· Urban Electric Company, of course!
· Trove Wallcovering
· The Rug Company

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

New construction and renovations are stressful times for clients. As designers, it is our job to stay calm, be patient and help ease their stress as much as possible. I want my clients to feel that everything is taken are of and to know they are in good hands.

(8) What do you collect?

I collect vintage South American artifacts - we have doors, ladders, pottery, and wood furniture pieces throughout our home. The rough-hewn texture and rich color is a beautiful contrast to refined pieces of furniture.

I also collect antique keys - I love to imagine what they opened and where they came from.

And 1960's cocktail glasses as well!

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

It varies, but currently I love using "Hale Navy" from Benjamin Moore. It is such a dark, elegant navy. I've used it for paneling in a screening room, as baseboard/crown molding in a few little boys' rooms, and in my own powder room! There are two Benjamin Moore colors that I consider perfect neutrals: "Classic Grey" and "Manchester Tan". Recently we used Farrow & Ball's, "Pelt, No. 254", in conjunction with fabulous wallpaper in a powder room and now I am a little obsessed with this intense plum color.

(10) What are your favorite design books?

Rose Tarlow – "The Private House"
Russel Versaci – "Creating a New Old House"
Christian Liaigre – "Liaigre"