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Mar312015

UECo Collaborator Spotlight: Luigi Esposito of Oro Bianco Interior Design

Oro Bianco Interior Design, London, UK http://orobiancointeriordesign.com/

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1) What excites you most about having designed your own product collection?

Decorative lighting is a very important element of design. To have the opportunity to design our own lighting fixture allows us to totally complete our design intention and vision. Our lighting designs were developed to complement our design identity by enhancing our interiors.

2) What initially drew you to work with UECo?

The UECo collection was inspirational and each piece demonstrated excellent craftsmanship. The team behind the company is approachable and extremely professional providing a great platform to work in collaboration.

3) What UECo lights(s) from your recent collaboration do you like the most and why?

The Beacon – it’s contemporary with a tailored classical feel, it has strong masculine lines but the whole structure just floats in transparency.

4) Where do you envision specifying certain pieces from your collection in upcoming design projects?

Our collection is very versatile and can be specified for different styles of projects we are currently designing. We have modified one of our pieces to be used in a beautiful country house in London where the dining room had lower ceilings and after the design was modified and re-scaled the final product was spectacular and maintained the original features.

5) How important is lighting when designing interiors?

Lighting is a very important element in the design. The correct lighting adds the feel and enhances the atmosphere of the rooms. The appropriate lighting adds comfort, cosiness and quality of living spaces.

6) What is your design philosophy?

The philosophy behind my design is to blend functionality with the aesthetics once I have fully absorbed the client brief.

7) What is something that people might not know about your firm?

People might not know that I am a fully qualified Architect and all our projects are approached with an architectural understanding in order to create spaces that will add quality of living. Our customized interiors are tailored and developed to soften and to embellish functional and easy spaces for living.

8) What is your favourite part of home design and why?

I very much enjoy interfacing with our clients while obtaining the information required to master the design phase. Once we sign off on the design, the journey flows together with the construction phase and all which has been designed comes to life pleasantly and successfully.

9) What do you collect?

I collect baroque religious saints. I love the dramatic costumes and the craftsmanship on these interesting statues, they are peaceful and meditative.

10) What are your favorite design books?

I love photography books in general. They are really inspirational and full of interesting details.

Monday
Mar232015

UECo Collaborator Spotlight: Karen Howes of Taylor Howes Designs

Taylor Howes Designs, London, UK http://www.taylorhowes.co.uk/#/intro
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1) What excites you most about having designed your own product collection?

As interior designers we are constantly designing our own furniture and so designing our own range felt like the logical progression. We are very excited that the collection provides the opportunity for people, other than our clients, to enjoy our designs and of course it is lovely for us to work with a company that we have such a great relationship with.

2) What initially drew you to work with UECo?

It was very important to us that we collaborated with a manufacturer who we trust and whose work we admire – a decision that could definitely not be rushed into. One of our key priorities is that we work with companies who share the same ethos as us, particular-ly when it comes to approach to design and the quality of work, and so having developed a strong rapport having worked with The Urban Electric Company for a number of years, we knew that we had found the perfect partners.

3) What UECo light(s) from your recent collaboration do you like the most and why?

Although I love each piece in the collection equally, if I had to choose one light it would have to be the ‘Charlotte’. I love the slightly industrial look that has been combined with elegant undertones – it is a mix that I think works very well.

 

4) Where do you envision specifying certain pieces from your collection in up-coming design projects?

We are currently designing our new Knightsbridge office so we will definitely be show-casing many of the lights there – it will be a great way for our clients and visitors to see the collection in situ. Our existing clients reaction to the collection has been incredibly positive, so we have already placed a number of the pieces in our current and future pro-jects, as well as my new apartment in Knightsbridge.

5) How important is lighting when designing interiors?

Lighting is one of the most important factors in the room - it can transform a space in-stantly and create different moods. At Taylor Howes we like to explore different avenues when using lighting and often involve a lighting consultant who provide us with invalua-ble expertise. The lights we have designed for the collection have filled a gap in the mar-ket, designs that we had searched for for our own projects but had been unable to find elsewhere.

6) What is your design philosophy?

Here at Taylor Howes we like to design spaces that are practical but that also create an impact – that provide the ‘wow factor’, so to speak. Most of all however, our aim to fulfill, and surpass, our client’s expectations.

7) What is something people might not know about your firm?

Lots of people may not know that this is actually the first product range we have de-signed. Whilst designing our own collections is something we have been looking into do-ing for a number of years, we have been so heads down working on our projects that we have not found the time to do so. What with the company growing in size and moving to a new office, this year felt like the right time to make the push and make a start on what we hope will be an ever-growing product base.

8) What is your favorite part of home design and why?

I love the variety of interior design. There is a constant change in trends and products and so the same goes for the types of products we work on. I learn something new with every project I do and so am constantly being inspired and educated – the two best things to ensure that you are continuously motivated.

9) What do you collect?

Over the years I have built up a lovely collection of British 20th Century art – I am always on the look out for new exciting artists, something that I think stems from working as an art dealer when I first left school.

10) What are your favorite design books?

Of course it would have to be the Andrew Martin ‘Interior Design Review’ – we have been very lucky to featured in all bar one! Christian Liaigre’s books are amazing – his designs are always so tasteful and understated – and Jean-Louis Deniot’s new book is very in-spiring.

Monday
Mar162015

Field Trip: UECo U Series 11: Redux Contemporary Art Center

This month’s UECo University ‘Lunch & Learn’ series took a creative turn with a visit to Redux Contemporary Art Center in downtown Charleston. Redux is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for visual artists, meaningful education programs, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences.

The art center opened their doors to the UECo crew allowing them to tour the creative space and meet several of the artist-in-residence working in their studios. In addition to hosting 16 private artist studios, Redux also offers year-round art classes and workshops to the public for both kids and adults. Over 100 classes and workshops are available throughout the year covering a variety of topics both traditional and non-traditional. Courses include painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, art history and much more. A special screen printing demo was arranged for the group sparking a lot of interest in signing up for other classes and workshops offered!

Monday
Mar162015

UECo Collaborator Spotlight: Martin Brudnizki of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, London, UK http://www.mbds.com/
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1) What excites you most about having designed your own product collection?

Possibility. When given the opportunity to create something completely new that can be designed and nurtured organically it’s an exciting prospect. As a Studio, if we can’t find the perfect piece for a project or if we feel a certain space requires a bespoke item, we create it ourselves so this is a great chance for the wider public to directly experience our designs.

2) What initially drew you to work with UECo?

Their craftsmanship and attention to detail. We wanted to work with a company on a collection of lights that adheres to an approach centered on an artisanal process. This actually inspired our collection, as the fixtures take an industrious aesthetic and don’t hide the scars of production, but celebrate their beauty and allow each design to be unique, as though it’s been crafted just for the individual customer. This is something I feel we’ve achieved by working with UECo.

3) What UECo light(s) from your recent collaboration do you like the most and why?

They all differ in style whilst maintaining the fluidity of a collection so choosing a favorite is difficult. For atmospheric wall lights I’d choose the Orford, but if it’s something simple and classic you need, then the Whitby is perfect. For a centerpiece, the Happisburg has an impressive and elegant wow factor, whilst the Eddystone, Lundy and Pendeen both symbolize the mixture of glamour and industry we’ve tried to achieve with the collection.

4) Where do you envision specifying certain pieces from your collection in upcoming design projects?

I’ve described the collection as an anti-collection before, as they were all designed with no theme in mind but share a common language in the industrious aesthetic. As such, I think they’d fit into a multitude of spaces. The best part about designing and handing over our creations to other designers is that they may see something we didn’t and use it in a space we hadn’t envisaged.

5) How important is lighting when designing interiors?

Lighting is one of the most important parts of any space as it creates the context the whole room is framed within. We worked tirelessly with The Urban Electric Co. to ensure the light omitted for the collection felt proportionate and actually named the collection after English lighthouses; as for us they represented the embodiment of light and industry.

6) What is your design philosophy?

Tailor the design to the individual and the surroundings. It’s their personal taste that’s key and the environment of any project we work on is paramount to our design. That and attention to detail – less is more and the details are what ultimately create timeless style.

7) What is something people might not know about your firm?

We’re known for our restaurant and hotel projects, however we also work with a select number of private clients to help create their dream homes and our London Studio celebrates its 15th birthday this year!

8) What is your favorite part of home design and why?

Having the opportunity to create an extension of someone’s personality using the place they live as a canvas. The home is a very personal, private space and it’s so important to work with the individual to see how their life and routine functions; and in turn create a space that can be utilized and enjoyed every day.

9) What do you collect?

I don’t collect anything of a specific period, style or type; but rather a random selection of art, objects, books and anything which takes my fancy when I am in the moment.

10) What are your favorite design books?

One of my favorite design books is In the Pink, Dorothy Draper by Carleton Varney. Draper is one of America’s great decorators of the 20th century and has on many occasions been a great source of inspiration for my work.

Monday
Feb162015

Field Trip: UECo U Series 10: Rewined Candles Workshop Tour

UECo University continues it's offsite ‘Lunch & Learn’ series with a tour of Rewined Candles workshop. Charleston-based Rewined Candles was founded by Adam Fetsch in 2009. After spending years working in the food and beverage industry Adam became inspired by the clean silhouette of a wine bottle and turned it into a candle business. Each candle has been handcrafted from a repurposed wine bottle and the fragrance carefully blended to mimic the flavors and aromas found in your favorite varietals of wine.

The tour group enjoyed learning the candle making process first hand. From the initial sourcing of bottles, to the glass cutting process, to adding specially designed fragrances to each natural soy wax candle — it was proven that the craft required to make each candle is highly detailed and very much an art form! The Rewined team admits their main focus is to produce exceptional, handcrafted designs one candle at a time, much like UECo does with each and every light fixture we build in our own factory!