Metro Moves / 2011


A conversation with Chris Barrett

Chris Barrett Design, Santa Monica, CA

1. What is your favorite UECo light and why?

My current favorite is the Athena. It's a simple lantern with modern sensibilities.

2. What is your design philosophy?

Have a vision and follow through with that vision.

3. Best design tips you have learned from experience?

Don't over think it, be brave and don't take yourself too seriously.

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

We have a lot of laughs!

5. Who is your design inspiration?

As with most designers, my inspiration comes from all over: art, travel, history, my peers. If you take it to the core, I would say Coco Chanel. I loved her clean clear vision and execution. It's what I strive for in every project.

6. Best Place to Shop for Great Finds?

Depends on your definition of great finds. For me, it's the perfect piece for the perfect location. For others, that might mean a bargain. It's hard to find bargains these days.

7. What are your favorite design books?

Best Ugly. I love Avroko's work. I'm a huge fan of garden books. One of my favorites is A Gardener's Labyrinth: Portraits of People, Plants & Places.

8. What do you collect?

So many things! Vintage globes, boxes, vintage fabric and wallpapers.

9. What is your favorite part of a home to design and why?

I love doing kitchens. It's an opportunity to integrate function and beauty. And I love food (although I'm not a great cook!).

10. Your six picks of favorite UECo lights.


Andrew Reflector


Urban Electric in LA


A conversation with Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat 

Lucas Studios West Hollywood, CA

1. Who is your design inspiration?

We are always inspired by old-school designers like Albert Hadley and Sister Parish as well as current talents like Katie Ridder and Steven Gambrel. Architecturally... David Adler and Ferguson and Shamamian are amazing. In addition, we learned not only about great taste and design from the late Amy Perlin, but also how amazing a showroom could be. Her exquisite taste and eye for the perfect antique was something you only see a few times in a lifetime, but her legacy will live on.

2. Best Design Tips you have learned from experience?

Measure twice, "cut" once. Bigger is always better…(with rugs of course)!
Don't forget the importance of decorative lighting – why pepper the ceiling with cans when you can have beautiful ceiling fixtures instead?

3. How have you incorporated our lights into one of your installations?

We are obsessed with the company and have used the products in a number of homes and projects. We have customized the Shoreham for great flush mounts, the Chisholm Hall for lanterns and the Urban Smokebell in gallery hallways and over kitchen islands. We've also used the Punch, Loopy, Kyoto, Oculus, Seven Springs, Virginia and so many more!

4. Best Place to Shop for Great Finds?

If we told you we'd have to kill you. In Los Angeles our go-to places are Hollywood at Home and Hollyhock, but you can always find a hidden treasure at HD Buttercup as well. It's all in the editing. In New York we love places like Sentimento and Center 44.

5. What are your favorite paint colors to use?

We love love love Farrow & Ball. Downpipe and Pavilion Gray have become staples of ours. Benjamin Moore's Manchester Tan has always been a sure fire neutral as well as Pratt & Lambert's Gossamer, Solitary & Silver Mink.

6. What are the three design resources you can't live without?

1st Dibs – The internet has changed the way we can shop for clients, but 1stDibs alone has cornered the market.

Design Blogs – There are so many amazing blogs that offer a fast and easy way to search for inspiration photos and products to show to clients. Two of our favorites are and

Flea Markets & Auction Houses – There is nothing that compares to investing time and energy to get to a flea market at 6am or scour an auction house to find that perfect piece for a client.

7. What is your favorite UECo light and why?

This is hard to choose! We have so many. Oddly enough, one of our favorites is one we have still yet to use – the Campion. We have always loved how graceful it is. We can't wait for the chance to finally use it!


Your six picks of favorite UECo lights.


Garrison Sconce - we love that this is a great modern take on a classic hurricane sconce. We use this light a lot!
Oculus Sconce - I mean are you kidding me? This is the coolest light. We love it. Obsessed!
Parallel Sconces - So beautiful and sleek. We know this new addition to the line will become a staple in our work.
Campion Hanging - Visually appealing and sophisticated. And beautiful in multiples!
NYC - We love Amanda Nisbet's new line for UECo. We carry her line of fabrics in our showroom Harbinger and are so excited to start using her lighting too. The NYC is a great flushmount fixture that can go anywhere!
Kings Road - such a fun, modern and clean fixture!


Bonesteel Trout Hall

Bonesteel Trout Hall, Newport Beach, CA

What is your design philosophy?

We are native Californians and we therefore our style is dictated by the clean, earthy, colorful textures of the California coast.

Who is your design inspiration?

Our design inspirations are designers who have fun and do not take themselves too seriously: Jonathan Adler, Tim Clarke, Molly Leutkemeyer, Darra Baker.

What is something people many not know about your firm?

We have projects all over the world.

Best Design Tips you have learned from experience?

Odd numbers are better than pairs. You don't need every pattern, color and fabric to match perfectly. Mix styles and periods. Almost every piece in the room should be able to stand alone. If you have a room with many good pieces in it you can mix pieces that aren't quite as worthy.

What are your favorite design books?

Beta Plus Books and anything by Christian Liagre.

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

Our favorite part of a home to design is the Living Room because you can just go all out; it is somewhat of a fantasy room because it is not used everyday, therefore you don't have to be as practical. (And the budgets are always the best in the house!)

Our six favorite light fixtures are:


The Melissa sconce - our all time favorite sconce. The long and skinny design always makes the space seem elegant. We love the fact that it comes in two sizes and you an change the look with shades or finishes so easily as well.
The Bit sconce - it is just so chic!!! Small and pretty. Use two and it is like a really chic pair of earrings.
The Carlyn - it makes such a clean, modern statement. We love to use it over pool tables.
Sprig - the versatility in the finishes make it a statement fixture in a contemporary setting.
The Wallis - for its scale, it is an uncommonly huge floor lamp and we love that.
The Alexander - it adds such a fun architectural element to a room, like a little pavilion.

We have used all these fixtures many times in our installations.