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Wednesday
Feb042015

A Conversation with Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe

Nickey Kehoe, Los Angeles, CA http://nickeykehoe.com

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

No harm in naming your new designs! Punch: It’s versatile applications — works as well as a sconce as it does a ceiling fixture. From mudrooms to powder rooms, this fixture tends to adapt to each space it’s placed in and feels original in each space. The L: In LA we work in so many architectural styles and the L finds its way into these spaces so seamlessly and unassumingly. Metro: Particularly love this fixture in a kitchen and the softer interpretation of industrial influences.

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?

 

 

 

 

The Punch, the L, the Metro, the Hand Sconce, and the Double Arm Pendant

(3) What is your design philosophy?

As much listening as possible to understand our clients and what they want from us. It’s exciting to find that "click" moment where a chemistry establishes itself and when the creativity really sets in. We like to say we are the editors as opposed to the writers. And by designing with a foundational layer and not specifying every last fixture in one swoop, we build upon the narrative and allow for surprising "turns" in the story. This allows for a more original story to be told, one that feels like our client's homes, rather than a typical “professionally decorated space”.

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

Usually most people know one side of the firm, either the interior design studio or the shop. Always fun to have design studio clients visit the shop and shop clients learn that there is a full-service firm in the same building.

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

Love a powder room — we seem to take some of the bolder risks in terms of color, wallpaper, and materials. Addressing plumbing fixtures, lighting, and furnishings in a typically small space can be fun in a fast and furious kind of way, a little liberating whereas the rest of a residence tends to be slower in the consideration.

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

Pinterest, World of Interiors, 1stdibs.

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

Try to avoid following trends. The world is so connected that once something good catches on, if it becomes too popular too fast the shelf life is usually short in terms of quality and artfulness.

(8) What do you collect?

Amy collects vintage textiles for both inspiration and using in projects and Todd has a growing Toby mug collection.

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

Farrow & Ball has a good range of Salmon and Terracotta. Hague Blue, also by Farrow & Ball, is universally beautiful. Portola Paints & Glazes has a beautiful range of colors that are artful and well-curated.

 

Thursday
Dec112014

Wishing you a Merry Holiday!

From our family to you and yours, enjoy the joy and wonder of the season!
Merry Holidays from all of us at The Urban Electric Co.


Thursday
Dec042014

UECo Meets the Great Outdoors

Founded in 2007 The Cakebread Ranch in Star Valley, WY boasts a strong commitment to responsible stewardship of the land with a focus on re-establishing the area’s original ecosystem using sustainable techniques and ideas. Owners Jill and Steve Cakebread have worked for seven years to return the land to what it used to be, bringing its intended wildlife back by landscaping the property with native plants, creating an optimum habitat for the Brown and Cutthroat Trout that now abundantly swim in the Salt River, and using holistic management of livestock to reinvigorate the land.

This Fall The Restaurant at The Cakebread Ranch opened with UECo fixtures featured throughout the space including our traditional Charleston lanterns flanking a rustic outdoor fireplace. Overlooking the Salt River meadows and mountain range the unique space was designed to offer a beautiful view from every seat. The great outdoors - indeed!

Below from top to bottom: Charleston Wall, Athena Customized, Athena, Suffolk, Belle Meade, Charleston Wall and Belle Meade with Custom Shade.

 
Thursday
Dec042014

A Conversation with Jay Jeffers

Jeffers Design Group, San Francisco, CA http://jeffersdesigngroup.com/

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

There are so many it’s hard to choose, but UECo does amazing pendants that are usually my go-to for pendants over kitchen islands, in powder rooms, entry ways, etc.

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?

            

The Shaw, the Punch, the Metro, the Malplaquet, the Factory, the Boxbridge Single, and the Langston.

(3) What is your design philosophy?

Create individual interiors tailored to my clients. Spanning any type of architectural style, I want my interiors to feel collected and cool (like my book!)

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

I started Jeffers Design Group (JDG) in my guest bedroom in 1999. Back then, I did all of my own hand drafting (I couldn't tell you how to open CAD on a computer) and my drafting table lived in my garage.

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

I love a library. We often convert an extra bedroom into a library. To be surrounded by bookshelves with books, objects, art, amazing cozy furnishings and the perfectly scented candle (Hotel Costes is still a favorite!) is divine.

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

Pinterest, print magazines and my amazing design team!

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

Make sure it fits through the door! Billy Baldwin once said, "If someone walks into a home and says 'Billy Baldwin did this house' then I did not do my job properly." Proper scale is everything. You can spend all the money in the world on a room and if the proportion is off, the room is a failure.

(8) What do you collect?

Portraiture and vintage creamware.

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

Warm grays, persimmon, steel blue, dove white, emerald green (preferably not all in the same room!)

(10) What are your favorite design books?

After mine you mean? :-) I'm slightly obsessed with Jean Louis Deniot and his new book is amazing. Anything vintage by David Hicks still holds great value to me. I constantly reference Olsen Kungig architecture books.

 

Thursday
Dec042014

Discerning Dining

We pride ourselves in producing one-off custom lighting for discerning designers and architects. Over the years we’ve worked very hard to make our capabilities and process as robust and seamless as possible. Read more about our custom process here.

We thought we’d share a few restaurant projects where custom lighting was integral to creating a signature experience. 

Del Frisco Restaurant Group worked with The Johnson Studio to design the interiors for the Double Eagle Steakhouse location in the Seaport District of Boston's Liberty Wharf. The team decided on a modern aesthetic that would integrate unique large-scale lighting to create impact and bring it all together. Having previously commissioned UECo on other commercial projects, it was a natural fit. Custom designs included single and double drum pendants for the main dining room as well as double-armed Maxine sconces engineered to extend over deep U-shaped banquettes.

Above: Custom Drum Pendants and Custom Maxine Sconces

Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group enlisted Peter Neimitz of Neimitz Design Group to design their Atlantic Wharf outpost in the historic Boston Harbor. The goal was for the design to be a departure from the signature green and white styling of this classic American steakhouse. Neimitz envisioned distinctive lighting to bring personality to the space and approached UECo to help execute this vision. Starting from hand-drawn sketches, Peter commissioned a full range of interior ceiling and wall fixtures as well as exterior lanterns for the project. 

Above: Custom Exterior Lanterns, Custom Chandeliers, and Custom Sconces.