#2: Carry a Notebook Everywhere.

#1: Make Lists

January 16, 2012


#1: Make Lists.

29 Ways to Stay Creative

January 15, 2012


29 Ways to Stay Creative.

Off to a Bright Start

January 11, 2012


As I mentioned in an earlier post, The Urban Electric Company is hands-down my favorite lighting company. I first fell in love with the aesthetics of these lights in about 2004 or 2005. I loved that they felt familiar and fresh, nostalgic and modern, all at the same time. Timeless. Many of my personal favorites in the Urban Electric line are the work of Michael Amato, the company’s Creative Director. Soon after, I placed my first order and I swooned over the impeccable workmanship. For a gal who cares about stuff like clean welds, workmanship of this calibre is a really big deal.

Last April, I had the opportunity to tour the Urban Electric Company‘s workshop and corporate offices in Charleston. What a fantastic experience. All of their fixtures are bench made by hand by their artisans in Charleston. From the artist who creates the glass to the engineering staff to the craftsman who applies the metal finishes, the process is amazing. Even the way The Urban Electric Company packages their fixtures for shipping is a work of art. I’ve really never seen anything like it. And I won’t even get started telling you about the service at The Urban Electric Company.

I am so pleased to be featured in this month’s Eye on Design Blog by The Urban Electric Company. What an amazing way to kick off 2012!

Title: A conversation with Andrea May
Link: http://blog.urbanelectricco.com/the-blog/2012/1/6/a-conversation-with-andrea-may.html


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If you’ve been yearning for something a little spicier in the color department, this year’s Pantone Color of the Year will definitely have the kick you’re craving. That color–drumroll, please–is Tangerine Tango 17-1463, a spirited reddish orange. Now, that ought to get your engine revving…..

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” Well, okay then.

I’ve always been good with red in all its myriad forms, so this juicy hue is not a big sell here at Andrea May Hunter/Gatherer.

The first sofa I ever bought was upholstered in a tomato red shadow stripe damask. I raised three kids and two dogs on that sofa. Then I did an orange Crypton slipcover. My kids watched the Office and Scrubs on that slipcover. Recently, I did “grown-up” neutral Calvin Klein upholstery on my sofa. (It’s Teflon-treated–I’m not living that dangerously.) It’s very pretty, but I have to admit, I immediately hung some colorful engravings by Pol Bury. I would pretty much swear that the field of one of them is Tangerine Tango. Dead on.

So, tell me. What do you think about Tangerine Tango? Could you use a little freshly squeezed color this year and how will you be using it? A little, a lot or not at all?