Design Philosophy

Originality is at the heart of everything we do – but we feel it especially important in terms of product design. In addition to quality of materials and customer service, original design is what differentiates us from the rest of the industry.

We offer a catalogued collection of nearly 300 fixtures – each with its own specific meaning and special use for which there is no substitute. We strive to develop and design new product as often as possible. There isn’t necessarily a method to the madness of our design process, and certainly no focus groups or trend studies. In fact, we are often guided by nothing more than our own inspiration and intuition.

With a background in fashion design, visual merchandising and interiors, Creative Director Michael Amato leads the overall design direction for the company and all new product introductions. In addition, he works closely with outside collaborations when we introduce collections from other designers.

Michael Amato – Sr.VP/Creative Director

Creative Director Michael Amato is responsible for ensuring the integrity of our lighting collection and design direction. Having been born and raised in Connecticut, Michael spent many years in visual merchandising in Boston and New York after studying fashion at Parson’s School of Design. Even from a very young age Michael displayed a clear aptitude for art and design, and his education only further honed his eye. Though retail and window direction became the initial focus, his other talents have included everything from furniture and product design to packaging and branding to interior design and abstract painting. These wide-ranging experiences inform his role as Creative Director where he touches all aspects of the company’s design vision.

Michael’s interior and product design work creates a balance between fashion sensibility and classical form. Drawn to clean lines, he possesses an innate ability to create beauty from simplicity, without foregoing functionality. Michael’s work has been nationally recognized and published, and his wealth of design experience is continually influencing the direction of The Urban Electric Co.

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Outside Collaborations

We have been fortunate to expand existing client relationships into formal product collaborations with some of the industry’s most renowned design talent. Each designer we select for a collaboration adds a very specific aesthetic to purposefully round out our offerings. We find that many times, the best collaborations evolve over time with clients who are consistently working with us on their own custom designs. Working closely with in-house Creative Director Michael Amato, our current collaborators include Darryl Carter, Steven Gambrel, Amelia Handegan, Mark Maresca, Richard Mishaan, Amanda Nisbet and Tom Scheerer. New collaborations as of Nov 2014 are Martin Brudnizki, Taylor Howes and Oro Bianco.

Mark Maresca

As a classically trained residential architect, Mark Maresca carefully adheres to the strictures of proportion and line. Nowhere is that discipline better reflected than in the lighting fixtures that Mark has designed for The Urban Electric Co. In this collection of sconces, lamps and lanterns, Mark seamlessly blends his design sense with his passion for rich materials that age and endure — and the combination is brilliant. As a consummate designer, Mark not only designs residences but also involves himself in interior architecture, landscape design, and furniture design. His work for clients has won awards from I.B.D. and A.S.I.D. and his projects are regularly featured in national shelter publications. Visit for more information on Mark and his other projects.

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Darryl Carter

Internationally renowned interior designer Darryl Carter characterizes his work with an emphasis on timeless design that transcends style trends. Design critics have referred to his style as “the new traditional” and he is adept at seamlessly blending classically scaled antiques with more quirky flea market finds. Darryl’s successful business focuses on upscale residential design across the country in addition to his custom furniture line. He has consulted for Neiman Marcus Home and his work has been published in Town & Country, O at Home, Elle Décor, Metropolitan Home, Southern Accents, Traditional Home, The Robb Report, and House Beautiful among other notable publications. Visit for more information on Darryl and his other projects.

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Amelia Handegan

Widely regarded as one of America’s top designers, Amelia Handegan’s talent for creating understated drama from the fusion of acute and subtle variations in pattern, texture and color gives her work an elusive, yet grounded, quality. As an aficionado of Southern culture, Amelia’s interiors celebrate the timeless grace of the South’s rich design heritage, while merging that heritage with fresh and livable environments. This passion and instinct is brought to bear in her designs for The Urban Electric Co. The elegant simplicity and beauty of her designs make these exotic materials—and the lights—eminently approachable. Visit for more information on Amelia and her other projects.

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Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer characterizes his work with an emphasis on spatial relationships, color and texture. He is fluent in various design genres, but prefers to work in what he terms “relaxed modernism,” a style that shines through in his lighting designs for The Urban Electric Co. Tom’s successful business focuses on New York and international clientele with projects in New York City, East Hampton, Nantucket, Aspen, and the Bahamas. His work has been published in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, The New York Times Magazine, Town & Country and House Beautiful which includes him among its “Top 100” designers. Visit for more information on Tom and his other projects.

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Richard Mishaan

Richard Mishaan is a true renaissance man with an impressive career that has spanned many of the creative arts including architecture, fashion, and furniture design. A master at presenting arresting personalized décor for his high profile clients, Richard is renowned for his artistic ability to blend collectibles and antiques with contemporary art and furnishings. In addition to his lighting collection for The Urban Electric Co, Richard’s product design resume´ includes a collection of furniture and decorative accessories under his brand Homer, one of Manhattan’s most sought-after sources for high design. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Elle Décor, Interior Design and The New York Times.

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Amanda Nisbet

As one of Manhattan’s premiere residential designers, Amanda passionately brings her renowned sense of fun and color to bear on the demands that family life, in particular, place on an interior environment. She has never seen a conflict between active families and refined, gorgeous environments. Untethered by design rules, Amanda brings a fresh and energetic approach to a traditional sense of luxury. Color, texture and form blend to create her trademark of comfortable elegance that seamlessly balances function and style. Amanda’s projects are frequently covered in publications such as Elle Décor, House and Garden, Town and Country and The New York Times, and her portfolio includes numerous high-end residential projects in the United States, Canada and Europe. Visit for more information on Amanda and her other projects.

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Steven Gambrel

Classically trained in architecture, Steven Gambrel has become one of New York’s most acclaimed masters of interior design. With a studious approach to creating his client’s homes and lifestyles, Steven’s projects share a classical sensibility that come alive with his individual mix modern and traditional furnishings. His fresh, innovative approach to color and form has been widely celebrated in House & Garden, Architectural Digest Germany and Town & Country. Time and Place, Steven’s first book, was released by Abrams in March 2012. Visit for more information on Steven and his other projects.

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Karen Howes

International interior design firm Taylor Howes has carved a niche offering comprehensive design to private clients, property developers and hoteliers. At the helm of the practice is Karen Howes, a rare talent with a highly creative brain and true entrepreneurial vision, who is closely supported by her five Directors. Taylor Howes has built up an enviable reputation over more than two decades both through creative excellence and because of the emphasis it places on engendering good relationships through its friendly and caring service. Relaxed and welcoming, the studio does not promote a signature look, but instead concentrates on giving clients a home that is truly personal to them. Visit for more information on Karen and her other projects.

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Luigi Esposito and Stefania Mazzarini

Oro Bianco Interior Design is a luxury design house distinguished by its focus on London’s super-prime property market and the signature design aesthetic of Creative Directors Luigi Esposito and Stefania Mazzarini. Along with Managing Director Killian Thomas Lynch, they founded the company to bring interior design to a new level. With over twenty years of experience, Luigi is internationally acclaimed for his personal approach to luxury architecture and interior design that developed over an impressive career working with Prada, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Casa Forma. Visit for more information on Luigi and Stefania and their other projects.

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Martin Brudnizki

Martin Brudnizki Design Studio is celebrated for its sophisticated, modern and comfortable interiors showcased throughout the world, MBDS is one of the foremost interior design studios in the industry. Founded by Martin Brudnizki in 2000, the Studio employs over 60 staff between New York and London, all of whom adhere to Martin’s unique aesthetic and believe in creating functional and intelligent interiors. This winning combination has translated perfectly to projects ranging from high-voltage-glamour locations such as; Soho Beach House Miami, 5 Beekman Street in New York, 34, Scott’s, Scarfes Bar, Corrigan’s, Little House and the Club at The Ivy, to affordable local restaurants in helping Jamie Oliver roll out his eponymous Italian restaurant chain as well as working with a select number of private clients to create their dream homes. Visit for more information on Martin and his other projects.

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Nickey · Kehoe

Nickey · Kehoe is the collaboration between designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe. Together the Los Angeles based team lays claim to a versatile design studio and busy retail shop which houses their growing NK furniture collection alongside vintage furnishings and accessories sourced from around the world. Their aesthetic has been shaped by a diverse range of experiences and is defined by a warmth and friendliness, a tangible element in their approachable yet informed designs. Ultimately, they pride themselves on not being the writers of the story, but rather the editors – each space and product defined by an individual perspective remaining both imaginative and curated, intuitive and artful. Visit for more information on Todd and Amy as well as the studio and shop.

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