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keeping craft alive: spotlight on urban electric

the urban electric co. of charleston, south carolina

We have long relied on Urban Electric Co. for exceptionally crafted lighting fixtures – all bench made to order and to our specifications.  Seeing their company featured in a recent article in Business of Home and learning more about their dedication to nurturing the next generation of artisans makes our support of their company that much stronger.

With thoughtfulness and intention, they recruit artisans from diverse backgrounds and engage them in a 12-18 month apprenticeship program to become craftspeople.  (Currently, half of the 40 craftspeople working in the shop are women.)  Based on their contributions and craft, there’s a clear path to become senior craftspeople and eventually master craftspeople with the company.

This is exactly the approach we need to keep craft alive in our field, and in our country.  We couldn’t be more proud to support Urban Electric and other artisans dedicated to the revitalization of craft.  Join us!

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Urban Electric Co. featured in Business of Home:UE article taste

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Urban Electric Co.’s Yolanda, at our client’s home overseeing the installation of their fixtures.

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Urban Electric Co.’s fixtures featured in just a few of our many client homes:

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the devilish details

finishing the Summer ’17 Homes by taste

 

I’ve always preferred to believe god was in the details rather than the devil.  It’s a far more positive way of sustaining the focus and the energy needed to get finishing details right.  Especially now, when the pressure is on for our team to finish the finely crafted and designed homes we’ve been working on for nearly two years.

Every space plan, cabinetry design, coffered ceiling, tile detail, fixture, finish, color and wall covering (this is an endless list) takes its place in the overall vision we’ve had for the home.  And when clients, and even our builder friends we’ve worked with side-by-side,  begin to see color go on the walls and light fixtures installed, they breathe a sigh of relief.

They’ve trusted (sometimes skeptically, but that’s ok; we’re used to the raised eyebrows) our ability to see the final finish and lead decisions about the details we knew to be truly important to the overall design.  And that trust is validated when they stand back and see how the wall covering in the dining room works with the pantry color, and kitchen light fixtures complement the stone countertops.  That “I get it moment” for our clients is pure payoff for us.

Of course it doesn’t end there; just as the hardwood, stone, tile and color go in, there’s another layer of detail ready to be installed.  Features such as cabinetry hardware, the restored settee, the custom draperies and the commissioned artwork truly finish the work and makes those rooms sing.

Stay tuned as we finish and share sneak peeks of the Summer ’17 Homes by taste.  Until then, snapshots of finished interior details follow, to inspire you this summer.

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from the designer desk of julia reinalda…

Taste designer Julia Reinalda has been hard at work doing what she loves most, and what has become her specialty the past few years: the design of custom furnishings and fixtures.  This time, it’s a tiered chandelier adorned with blown glass orbs lit from within that will hang in our client’s new dining room.

Designing pieces like this take time and perseverance and of course, great artisan collaborators.  Julia called upon one of her longtime favorites to help out with the framework for this piece, Avrett, and our friends local glass artisans Clancy Designs to blow the orbs and assemble the fixture.  From initial sketches to samples of glass to production ready drawings, Julia’s been orchestrating the piece from day one, and won’t stop hovering until its hung next Spring.  Check out the design and pre-production process below and watch for photos of the finished product in 2017.

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Designer Julia Reinalda was able to translate our clients’ needs and personal taste into an elegant, yet playful, sketch that would soon become the focus of a beautiful dining room.

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With colors selected, Julia was able to talk with local glassblowers David and Jennifer Clancy and together, design three different sized orbs to hang from the chandelier, ranging in several different shades of aqua. Avrett will make the multi-level custom frame  that supports the lights the orbs from within.

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Multiple colors from rich turquoise to a subdued winter sky blue will be used in the design.

 

From here, taste designer Ashley DelVecchio drew a rendering with intended orbs on Julia’s preliminary sketch. Ashley was then able to fabricate a 3D image that allowed her to select different sized balls for the chandelier. There will be 142 hand-blown glass orbs ranging from two to four inches – orbital bliss!

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