The Story of Ulloo 42
A multi-disciplinary design studio founded in Southern California by two world travellers from European backgrounds, Ulloo 42 began with a chance meeting. It’s now 20 years since Lise Abraham crossed paths with British-born, locally resident artist Suzanne Currie while shopping in Newport Beach. Their shared love of design and storytelling led to a deep and enduring friendship.
In 2018, finding themselves at a turning point in their personal lives, Lise and Suzanne formulated a vision for a new business. Ulloo 42 would combine Suzanne’s artistic talent with Lise’s entrepreneurial drive and sense of style, creating beautiful interiors and original objects that spark joy, curiosity, excitement and a sense of wonder.
Unconstrained by conventional good taste and defying easy categorisation, the Ulloo 42 aesthetic is daring, bold and modern, its spirit witty, sophisticated and upbeat – a celebration of color and pattern that exudes joie de vivre.
To date, Ulloo 42 has completed home interiors in California and in London, incorporating furniture of its own design, as well as custom-made furniture and wall coverings that feature patterns from Suzanne’s original artworks.
For its design-art works, the studio takes the principle of upcycling to the level of couture, rescuing pre-loved items of furniture and lighting, restoring and reconceptualising them as one-of-a-kind, handcrafted statement pieces – each a functional work of art in its own right.
For the custom market, Ulloo 42 translates patterns drawn from Suzanne’s collage art into site-specific fabrics, wall coverings, floor treatments, and other surface decoration. Every design remains exclusive to the client that commissions it. Alongside this, Ulloo42 Originals is a capsule collection of furniture that can be made in any color or size.
Combining patterns from Suzanne’s art with traditional crafts in new and surprising ways, Ulloo42 produces everything in its own atelier, which adjoins the design studio and display gallery in Costa Mesa, CA.
“Art is the foundation of everything we do because, for us, art is intrinsic to a happy life,” says Lise. “So, whether it’s through a single object or a complete interior, our aim is to add joy to people’s lives.”
Why are we called Ulloo?
We wanted a non-English name meaning ‘home’. Suzanne grew up in Africa and ‘ulo’ means house in the Igbo language. We modified it to ulloo because we like the way it looks when written.
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