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Monday
Jul272015

Eye on Design With Hillary Thomas

Hillary Thomas Designs, San Francisco, California, www.hillarythomas.com

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

I love the simplicity of the Melissa Quartz Sconce. It’s understated and chic, making it perfect for a variety of spaces.

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?

 

 

 

 1. Parker, 2. Globus, 3. Langston, 4. Oculus, 5. West Wycombe V.2, and 6. Punch.

(3) What is your design philosophy?

Don’t take it too seriously! Design is supposed to be fun and reflect who you are and the things you like. I’m all about creating spaces that are beautiful but that hold up to the wear and tear of everyday life.

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

We relocated our office from LA to San Francisco a year ago and now have a little storefront on Sacramento Street. It’s the perfect location and we love it!

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

Powder Rooms are so fun because you can pack a lot of punch into a tiny space. I like to call it the “jewel box” of a house.

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

Pinterest, Instagram, and print magazines.

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

Bigger is better when it comes to almost anything – lighting, pillows, artwork. Scale is so important for creating a big impact in a space.

(8) What do you collect?

Vintage lamp finials. And coffee table books, of course.

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

I’m a fan of all Farrow & Ball’s blues. The perfect white is Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore, so bright & crisp!

(10) What are your favorite design books?

Lately I’ve been digging thru Steven Gambrel’s “Time and Place” – he has such an amazing eye. Also, Slim Aarons’ books never cease to inspire.

 

Monday
Jul272015

Sneak Peek: The Cedar Room at Cigar Factory

Located in our hometown of Charleston, this soon to be hot spot chose the Urban Smoke Bell and Punch fixtures to complement the historic wood columns and rustic elements of this circa 1880 building. http://www.thecedarroomcigarfactory.com


 

Wednesday
Jul082015

Eye on Design with Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors

Marie Flanigan Interiors, Houston, Texas, www.marieflanigan.com

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

So hard to choose! I think I would have to go with the Truxton. The craftsmanship behind the fixture is truly magnificent and I love the way the light source is elegantly hidden behind glass, diffusing the perfect amount of light into any space.

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights? 

1. The Truxton has a special way of making any space feel more glamorous. 2. Huntley for its sleek and sophisticated beauty and its ability to appear dramatically different with each finish. I also love how it's streamlined appearance feels both classic and contemporary. 3. CHP is timeless and incredibly chic. 4. The Gwenwood Hang is making its way into many of our projects for its ability to add a dose of sophisticated elegance to any room. 5. The Brompton's details are breathtaking. It is the epitome of refined masculinity. 6. The Tilt is the perfect choice when you're looking for a little something unexpected. It offers the perfect mix of quirky and refined. 

(3) What is your design philosophy?

Our design philosophy is truly about creating timeless interiors through architecture, authenticity and simplicity. Our goal is to bring beauty into each space in the hopes of improving the quality of life and the way our clients live and work.

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

Many people are surprised to hear that my education is rooted in architecture. When I am working on a design, I always take the home's architectural details into consideration. I want to ensure that there is synergy between the home's structure and interior.

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

I love designing kitchens as they are truly the “heart” of a home. People gravitate to kitchens both in their day-to-day private lives as well as when they're entertaining, making kitchens one of the most communal spaces we design. Architecture meets interior in a very special way in the kitchen and the marriage of form and function is critical. Circulation, lighting, texture and scale come together to truly impact the daily lives of everyone who lives in the home, and I love bringing such an important space to life. 

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

1st Dibs, Pinterest, Instagram!

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

Don't get too comfortable. Dare to take risks and try new things! Continue to stretch your knowledge and skill set. I find myself constantly learning and trying new things, and I believe that makes me a stronger designer and industry leader.

(8) What do you collect?

I live by the "less is more" philosophy which means you won't often find me collecting things. I do however fill my home with a well curated grouping of accessories and precious objects that tell my family's story and that hold special meaning to me and my loved ones.

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

I love saturated neutrals and colors that remind me of nature. Whites, greys, navys and greens are our firm's go-to hues! Lately, I've been using a lot of gem tones for a bright and welcome splash of color.

(10) What are your favorite design books?

Nancy Braithwaite: Simplicity, Atelier AM: Interiors, Thomas O’brein: AERO, Victoria Hagan: Interior Portraits, Bobby Mcalpine & Susan Ferrier: Art of the House, Suzanne Kasler: Timeless Style.

 

Friday
Jun262015

British Institute of Interior Design marks a milestone!

On June 18th the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) hosted its 4th annual conference at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the BIID and we were proud to be a sponsor of this very inspired and celebratory occasion.  

“We are very excited to be part of the 2015 annual BIID conference as sponsor of this unique 50th Anniversary installation and to help the BIID celebrate this landmark year for the institute. The installation looks set to be a fitting collaboration from BIID members both past and present, marking a truly innovative and inspiring 50 years of designing interiors.” - Laura Pelzer, VP of Sales & Marketing for The Urban Electric Company.

To celebrate this landmark milestone, Eva Woode and a team from the MA Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University curated a specially designed installation: ‘Fifty Years of Designing Interiors: the BIID and its Members Since 1965’. 

The BIID worked within its historical archives as well as with contributions from its membership of interior designers and other professional partners to create a unique collection of memories and interiors, telling the story of the institute from its beginnings. Designed as a timeline covering each decade from BIID's foundation in 1965, the installation will also provide a snapshot of how the interior design profession has evolved during the past 50 years.

Find tweets from #BIIDConference2015 here.

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.