18.11.14

a visit with...Urban Electric

When I was in Charleston SC last spring  I stopped by the Urban Electric factory and showroom.
I have been a fan of their work for some time now and getting to see first hand how the lights are made was an great experience. I am always fascinated by the way things are made and Urban's factory was a special treat because everything from start to finish was made right there.
Yes, every piece from design sketch to finished and boxed all handcrafted in Charleston.

The lights are made by a team of master craftspeople all trained as part of Urban Electrics apprentice training program and many are artists in their own right. With that level of skilled craftspeople on board Urban can craft just about anything dreamed up by designers. In fact many of the pieces in the line started out as one off's by designers and were ultimately brought into the line.
Touring the factory I was ready to go home and start my own factory - it was all so inspiring.Because everything is made in house not only can they offer many quick ship items but they can customize pieces in color, size and design. The Cosy light below comes in many size ranging from the small below to over 60" tall. It also comes in a range of fabulous finishes and paint colors.
A craftsman standing inside a giant Hamilton fixture.
 Shaw shades in process.
 The paint spraying room.
 Shades being silvered.
Some of my favorites below. Especially groovin the Kings Road pendant below.
 

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