The Urban Electric Co. of Charleston, South Carolina appears to have thought of everything when it incorporated in 2003. It uses words like heritage, sustainability, craftsmen, and community — but more importantly — this independent and scrappy company adheres to them. From the design of its website, to its collaborations with respected designers, to its investment in talented artisans – it is clear that quality is UECo’s primary mandate.
NEXT 2 PHOTOS: This sconce looks simple on the surface, but note the variety of materials and the design details. I can’t wait to use it in a project. The next photo shows two of these sconces in a bathroom with custom colored shades. I love that pop of orange! Photo Credits: Urban Electric Company
The company, while relatively new, boasts some impressive partnerships. Nickey + Kehoe, Steven Gambrel, Richard Mishaan, and Amanda Nisbet are just some of the design professionals who collaborate with UECo’s house-designer Michael Amato. Together they’ve created a stunning line of lighting fixtures using premium materials and clever design touches. If one of UECo’s existing designs isn’t a perfect fit, they’ll make anything you want. To have a group so comfortable with custom work builds confidence, and I always trust them to execute my vision.
NEXT 2 PHOTOS: I’ve been dying to use this chandelier for several years now. I love how raw metal exterior contrasts with the glossy colorful interior. The second photo shows the fixture in a kitchen. That yellow is so cheerful. Photo Credits: Urban Electric Company
NEXT PHOTO: I also love this red chandelier, which Urban Electric painted in a custom color for my Porter Ranch project. Photo Credit: Susan Corry Design
NEXT PHOTO: I love these sconces and once used them in a master bathroom renovation for a well-known actor. The fixtures remind me of those old-fashioned makeup bulbs, so we aligned 3 on each side of his vanity mirror for a subtle reference to his trade. I’m not allowed to publish photos of that project, but this pic from Urban Electric Company gives you an idea.
UECo doesn’t have a signature style – its designs run the gamut of traditional, industrial, transitional, and modern. But a closer inspection reveals a singular commitment across all styles — a commitment to high quality, small batch production, excellent customer service, and exacting specifications.