Super Sized Cirque Lantern

The Urban Electric Co. was recently commissioned by a luxury hotel in Monarch Beach, CA to create a 7.5 foot version of our Cirque Lantern (normal size is 11X18 inches). It was an impressive process to watch it as it was being constructed, but now even more striking to see post completion. Thank you to our amazing production & engineering teams for making our clients' requests come to life!!

We hope to be able to show you photos post install. Stay Tuned.


A Conversation with Jessie Davidson

Jessie Davidson Interiors, Ltd. - Lake Bluff, Illinois -

My favorite UECo light:

It is tremendously difficult for me to choose just one, because there are so many well designed lights in the UECo line. A few that come to mind without thinking very hard are the Chisholm Hall Lantern, the Belmont Lantern, the Melissa Sconce and the Olga Sconce. Each of these has a very traditional beginning with an unexpected twist and that is exactly the way I like to design interiors. The Belmont, for instance, has a classic body but with this amazing pineapple leaf top that sets it totally apart. The Melissa sconce is very straight forward and rather transitional, but with a lovely, perfectly pleated silk shade. It fits well into just about any environment, be it traditional, transitional or contemporary.

Incorporating UECo Lights:

The Melissa Sconce is absolute perfection for small powder rooms where you want to support a gracefully high ceiling without overpowering the space. My Six Picks of favorite UECo lights:


Melissa Wall
Dover Bell

Design Philosophy:

A home done in good taste inspires, comforts and delights the beholder without being overpowering in its statement, or possessing overpowering elements. I like to build from a foundation of classic design with serendipitous elements and punctuation splashes of color. The end result is always fluid, inspired, joyous, and unpretentious. The end result also always reflects the lifestyle of the owner.

My Design Inspiration:

I will always go back to the grande ladies of design, Nancy Lancaster and Sister Parish. I also think the work done by Madeleine Castaign is an absolute kick!

Favorite Design Books:

Briger & Briger, Comfortable & Joyous Homes

Paint Colours:

Farrow & Ball Pale Powder is fantastic on ceilings. I also love their Lamp Room Grey for walls. It's very soothing and calming.

Essential Elements to Include when designing:

Build a solid foundation, choosing well made, lasting designs for your basic pieces. This is like building the bones of a the same with your interior spaces.Either create proper curtains for your windows or wait until you can afford to do so. DO NOT put up blinds and valances just to "decorate" a window (such a waste of hard earned money!) Incorporate your favorite things. Recovering your grandmother's settee and displaying her silver tea service will make your space more personal and intimate.

Some thing people may not know about your firm:

While we are small in staff, we are quite capable of handling large projects and love working out of town! Be sure to see our Maine project on the website.


A Conversation with Patricia McDonagh

Patricia McDonagh Interior Design - Boston, MA -

What is your favorite UECo light and why?

My favorite UECo. light is the Chisolm Hall lantern. It is so versatile and can be used in a modern, transitional or traditional setting. The metal candle sleeve is chic, while the wax candle sleeve brings more warmth and tradition. We have done them in blue, dark green- whatever the mood requires!!! Runner up is punch for its graphic impact, sense of humor, and uniqueness!

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

I have used the Chisolm Hall lantern in both modern and traditional entries for a "wow" factor that does not overwhelm the architecture but makes it look better and stronger. I love using the Lillibette lantern in a small space/ vestibule; the ice glass and nickel finish look beautiful reflected in a mirror and the scale and form are wonderful. The Melissa sconce looks wonderfully clean in a bathroom setting and adds the perfect amount of elegance and drama without clutter or overdesign. It is a perfect complement to quiet tile/ stone, and nickel plumbing fixtures.

Who is your design inspiration?

My design inspirations would be Axel Vervoodt for his balance of organic and manmade beauty and Robert Adams for his use of classicism and light. His spaces really have the ability to lift the spirit. Last but not least, my mentor Charles Spada for his ability to edit and a unique eye for art and antiques!

Top 3 Design Resources you can't live without?

Urban Electric since the lighting fixtures can really make or break a space and these make it – there is something for every project and setting.

Waterworks' plumbing, tile, and accessories make for a well furnished bath with staying power.

Antiques on 5 for the most unusual and unique antiques and accessories – a piece from here takes a room to a different, more artful and less decorated level.

Some thing people many not know about your firm?

What people might not know about our firm is that we often find design revelations at the end of a yoga class!!! The practice helps us bring balance to our clients homes as well as ourselves and it sharpens our instincts for mindreading!!!

Tips you have learned from experience?

Don't buy something just because it is on sale!!!! If it is not right for your space, the price does not matter!!!

Ideal client relationship?

The ideal client relationship is when a client completely trusts your instincts.

Favorite six UECo. picks?

Melissa Wall Lauren Andrew Reflector Chisholm Hall Chloe Punch
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