URBAN DESIGN, the Store
& our Journey...
The Urban Deign Store opened its doors for the first time in 2011 on Elm Street in East Aurora, NY.
At that time, our workshop was a ‘part of the show’ ~ everyone who came to the store would be able to see through large glass windows and watch us work on our custom furniture, lighting and artful accessory projects... sometimes, they would even stop in to watch their own project underway and be a part of the process. We worked primarily with wood reclaimed from century old barns and architectural salvaged pieces to create something new and truly unique.
Having the URBAN CRAFTED workshop attached to our store was really fun, but we decided Urban needed to be in a space where we could tell our ‘whole story’... not just with URBAN CRAFTED furniture, but also with renovation & buildout concepts and now needed the ability to expand on what the store had to offer our clients. So we bought our first building right down the street, put ‘the dream team’ together and renovated a c.1880 (originally built for a blacksmith / farrier) building as our new Urban Design store and Gallery.
Before too long, Space became a bit of an issue where we were , and, as much as we LOVED what we had created in our Oakwood building... we needed more room to comfortably display all of the fabulous design houses, local artisans and manufacturers we added to our store.
261 MILL ROAD HAPPENED!
Another ‘diamond in the rough‘ for us to renovate and bring back to life! c.1845, a former hydro-power/water mill right in our own back yard (East Aurora, NY)!
Water falls, green trees and wildlife the view from our rear bay doors (which we keep open on nice days). Its hard to believe we are actually still in town ~ it feels like we are on vacation everyday, somewhere far away, when we are here and our visiting clients and customers feel the same. They can even grab a coffee or a glass of wine and sit outside by the waterfall while they are in the building!
This space truly lends its self to all that URBAN DESIGN has to offer... from our european antiques and URBAN CRAFTED pieces to Fabulous lighting and Design Houses across the US... its all HERE!
AND NOW... ITS ALL ON-LINE!
When you purchase something from our on-line store... you are not buying from a warehouse or ‘big box’ retailer. In a way, you’re “Shopping Local”!
If you have a question about something you see on our website... you can actually call our store directly! A REAL PERSON will answer our phone (Usually Kelly or Lisa) to assist you!
We are excited about taking this step and welcome any suggestions as you navigate this site! We want this site to ‘be’ and ‘feel’ as friendly and personable as it is visiting our actual location.