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Monday
Jun012015

Victory in Savannah!

Charleston-based designer Cortney Bishop approached UECo to customize a few key lighting pieces for a recent project — One West Victory — a fully furnished student housing community located in Savannah, Georgia. Aside from housing, the property also includes an amenities building complete with an art studio, media center, greeting hall, mailroom, fitness center and leasing office. Bishop was very inspired by the opportunity to create a vibrant environment for the art students of SCAD and described the architecture as a juxtaposition between a historic industrial space and a new four story residential living quarters. Drawing inspiration from a hybrid of Andy Warhol’s Factory meets Alice in Wonderland, the challenge was to create an overall space that was modern and cohesive to the entire property 

To help make a modern statement against the historic exterior of the amenities building, Bishop selected several UECo fixtures where she could use brightly colored finishes. The entrance and interior of the space features Cosy and Globus pendants while the courtyard of the building was outfitted with customized Anson Ribbon pendants. The designer creatively suspended these in mulitiples to float between the old and new buildings.  

Bishop felt the end goal for the space was to aid the artistic process by providing inspiration for all who are lucky enough to live there - a design victory indeed.

Monday
Jun012015

Eye on Design with Bill and Phyllis Taylor of Taylor & Taylor Inc.

Taylor & Taylor Inc., Miami Beach, Florida www.taylorntaylor.com/

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

 I love the wall lighting selections as I think wall lights lend an ambience to a space that is inviting and handsome. My favorites are the Lyford in polished nickel, the Parker for drama, and the Loopy for fun!

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?


1. Campion : Works with so many styles -- chameleon like, 2. Hamilton : Great when its oversized and 2 toned, 3. Diamond Love these in clusters, 4. Gwenwood: Just a happy fixture, 5. Swank: Can't wait to use this one, 6. Lafayette: Always tasteful.

(3) What is your design philosophy?

Do what's appropriate for the Architecture, the location, and the client! If you do that ... You're almost there.

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

Although we are thought to be Traditionalist, we are Modernist at heart and do modern designs and houses.

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

The entry and family foyers. It's the first impression and sets the mood. It should give you a sense of place and a sense of who lives there. Budgets are generous here too.

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

1stDibs, Pinterest and Traveling!! 

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

There is always something new to learn. If you don't strive for perfection…. gosh knows what you would get. Have fun with it... Let a smile show in your work.

(8) What do you collect?

Too many things without a common core except, I love them… Lobsters, mud dolls, bar cloth printed fabrics, boxes with porcelain flowers on them and lamps.

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

I am an equal opportunity color lover! There are colors combinations I love though... Pinks & browns, Kelly Green with gray and white, Navy and Flamingo… Putty and Red.

(10) What are your favorite design books?

Bunny Williams, Michael Smith and every Sir Edwin Lutyens book — I own (5)!

 

Monday
May182015

Field Trip: UECo U Series 13: Folbot Workshop

UECo University’s ‘Lunch & Learn’ series visited an adventurous workshop this month — the Folbot headquarters! The Charleston-based kayak manufacturer owned by UECo employee Eric Thome and his business partner Scott Peckham was founded in 1933. Folbot hand makes foldable skin-on-frame kayaks and now offers nine models that pack into a bag and weigh as little as 24 pounds.

Eric led a tour of the workshop sharing insight into the manufacturing process with the group. A main point he made was that in recent years Folbot has focused on offering more customization with reduced lead times to both direct and wholesale customers, like REI. As a neighboring manufacturing of a very different product it was interesting for the group to make this connection. UECo puts a lot of energy and time into offering a multitude of customization options and constantly exploring ways to reduce lead times for clients. Now that is something both companies can be proud of!

Friday
May012015

Eye on Design with Joelle Nesen of Maison Inc.

Maison Inc, Portland, Oregon http://maisoninc.com

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

We really mix it up, there are so many amazing lights…even though we have only placed the Chisholm Hall pendant once we have specified them about 20 times. The shape and freshness really appeal to us.

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?

 

 

 

(1) Gwenwood for bedrooms, (2) Punch for just about anywhere (it’s so adaptable), (3) Melissa is so classic but with the Lucite they have a twist. (4) Love the Urban Smokebell and (5) Lincless fixtures just rock. (6) We are about to use the Carriage Wall lanterns and are really excited!

(3) What is your design philosophy?

Our design philosophy is made up of a few things. We take our direction from the client’s dreams. We really spend time culling over their tearsheets and talking about what they envision. We want to design something that they couldn’t quite imagine. We stress quality over quantity, there is always room for a little cheap chic, but you need the base to stand the test of time, both style wise and physically. Lastly, it should be fun…not every minute is fun of course, but we want our clients to leave the stress to us and be excited for the install. Trust=Success.

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

People may not know how much we truly enjoy each other’s company, we are like a big family. Plus we are very entertaining. We eat, sleep and breathe a clients’ house…we are emailing and texting each other night and day about a project.

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

Powder Rooms are an easy go to for expressing strong style, but I really love dining rooms and libraries. We would like to do more libraries. Best thing would be a dining room/library combo!

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

1stdibs, Pinterest, Magazines!!!

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

Don’t be bogged down by rules.

(8) What do you collect?

I collect little bowls, boxes and jade. My grandparents handed down an obsession for jade.

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

French White is an ICI color that they basically refer to as Maison White at this point. We use a lot of gray in every form and when we are in the mood we go with shrimp and emerald tones.

(10) What are your favorite design books?

We always refer to any book by Michael S. Smith but we have piles of them at the shop that we use for inspiration.

 

Thursday
Apr162015

Field Trip: UECo U Series 12: Annual Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Charleston 

This month's UECo University offsite ‘Lunch & Learn’ has turned into an Annual Field Trip inviting new employees on a walking tour of downtown Charleston led by Creative Director Michael Amato. The City of Charleston is surrounded by wonderful historic buildings and private residences that date back to as early as the 1600's. Michael curated a South of Broad loop that highlighted historic homes along the Battery and Legare and Meeting Streets which feature UECo lanterns.

Follow the tour route here.