From its roots as a small lantern studio, The Urban Electric Co. has grown over the past decade into a global presence in the shelter industry, celebrating a rich heritage of distinctive bench-made lighting fixtures. The company exudes the very best of past and future, and is passionate about protecting both the tradition and sustainability of artisanal craft.
Since its founding in 2003, the company has become one of the most highly recognized lighting companies in the industry as well as an important contributor to the successful return of American manufacturing and a key player in the global design community.
From its headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina, the company services an international client base of top interior designers and architects in the residential, hospitality and contract segments. The company’s designs regularly find placement in high-profile homes, restaurants and historic restorations from Beverly Hills to the Seychelles and consistently garner acclaim from top design publications such as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Interior Design and World of Interiors.
Each of the company’s products is bench-made and hand-finished at its 95,000 sq. ft. headquarters, which houses its talented teams of engineers, sales and marketing professionals, designers, craftsmen and artisans. The company prides itself on manufacturing processes that secure the growth and sustainability of artisanal craft for the future by using modern techniques that enhance and refine the hand-build approach as opposed to replacing it.
The Urban Electric Co.’s catalogued collection includes more than 300 interior and exterior fixtures designed by in-house Creative Director Michael Amato as well as several outside collaborations with some of the most renowned architects and designers in the industry including Darryl Carter, Mark Maresca, Martin Brudnizki, Oro Bianco, Steven Gambrel and Taylor Howes [View Collections by Designer]. In addition, the company offers one of the most extensive custom programs in the industry, allowing for true one-off design execution.
The Urban Electric Company is proud to call Charleston its home. The company and its employees have made community philanthropy a core value, including involvement with Pet Helpers, Disabilities Board of Charleston, and the Lowcountry Food Bank. Learn more about our Culture and Values.
As of 2013, the company proudly celebrated a decade of American craftsmanship. To mark this anniversary and to honor the company’s heritage in lantern-making, we released a special collection of ten lanterns designed by Creative Director Michael Amato and the company’s other design collaborators. Read about our 10th Anniversary.