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How we came to be known as Ulloo 42

Lise Abraham

When Suzanne and I were trying to come up with a name for our company we wanted it to reflect our unconventional approach to conventional furniture. We wanted it to say something about the home or house and to represent our global upbringing. As Suzanne spent her early years growing up in South Africa I started by looking at translations of house in several African languages. I came across ULO, which in IGBO African means house or home.

We both liked the word but were not crazy with the way it looked on paper. Suzanne being a very visual person then played around with the word and came up with ULLOO which we both loved for its meaning and symmetry.

Suzanne Currie (left) and Lise Abraham (right), Founders of Ulloo 42

Suzanne Currie (left) and Lise Abraham (right), Founders of Ulloo 42

The number 42 came about because we felt a number after a name sounds catchier. 42 also happens to be from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The number 42 represents an asterisk * which is a symbol meaning any formula can be entered, therefore in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy the computer was asked the meaning of life and it came up with 42, meaning it can be anything you want it to be – And so Ulloo 42 was born!

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How Suzanne's artwork became the canvas for Ulloo 42 designs

Lise Abraham

Suzanne’s collage art is colorful and playful, lots of shapes meander over the canvas, the result of paper from magazines cut into shapes. Paint and resin finish the look. Suzanne has been painting practically all of her life, the collage art started about ten years ago and is her signature.

Contact us here  to inquire about available wall art designs.

Contact us here to inquire about available wall art designs.

About a year ago we started to experiment with sections of the art putting it onto fabrics, wallpaper, key rings, jewelry, and more. We soon had a range of items stemming from the original art.

Handmade earrings and additional accessories  available upon inquiry.

Handmade earrings and additional accessories available upon inquiry.

When we exhibited at the Las Vegas Design show last August these items were a great success, we were very excited when the Guggenheim Museum in New York placed an order for our earrings.

For more info about the show,  click here!

For more info about the show, click here!

Our journey in this vein is now taking us to the Las Vegas Licensing Expo in early June where we hope to appeal to companies looking for original and unique design.

STAY TUNED TO SEE HOW WE DO!!

Top 3 ways to brighten up a room

Lise Abraham

1. WALLPAPER

Suzanne Currie's Original Collage Art Designs available as wallpaper upon inquiry.  Click here to see more interior projects!

Suzanne Currie's Original Collage Art Designs available as wallpaper upon inquiry. Click here to see more interior projects!

An accent wall is a great way to experiment with color and pattern. Suzanne and I have used our Ulloo 42 wallpaper, the design of which is taken from Suzanne’s original art, and applied it in a powder room, hallway and behind the bed to great effect. It does not overwhelm but, enhance and gives interest to a monochrome room.

Newport Beach Home designed Ulloo 42’s Suzanne Currie.  Check out more of her projects on Houzz here.

Newport Beach Home designed Ulloo 42’s Suzanne Currie. Check out more of her projects on Houzz here.

Wallpaper can transform a room in many ways. According to a blog by Houzz, the right design can both alter a sense of spaciousness and illumination to a space.

2. ART - THE HOME GALLERY

Collection of original artwork by artist Suzanne Currie  available on our website .

Collection of original artwork by artist Suzanne Currie available on our website.

What hangs on your walls is just as important as the color you paint them. Art can transform a room and make it feel warm and cozy.

Suzanne’s original collage art brings color and happiness to any area of the home or work place. Place them in unexpected areas like a bathroom! No worries about the steam, the resin that is used on our artworks is extremely durable.

This Houzz blog states that art can add movement, provide texture and make a statement (big or small) to any space. 

3. FURNITURE

The Viking Chair -  available on upon inquiry .

The Viking Chair - available on upon inquiry.

In the Elle Decor UK issue this month there is a great article about “Life is for the living room.” They encourage you to ‘Express Yourself – why restrict yourself to one statement piece of furniture?” Stand out from the crowd and be brave.

Blue Ice Plank Table  available upon inquiry .

Blue Ice Plank Table available upon inquiry.

Check out our website and see all sorts of unique statement pieces for the home. The living room has become a place to reflect our personality – Boldness is key! For more on statement furniture, be sure to read this article by CB2 on new pieces with the power to transform a room.

Why you should trust your design instincts

Lise Abraham

Why the unexpected combination of camouflage and fur looks right!

According to Fashionista.com, Fall 2019 runways are making a big statement… print camouflage is BACK and more versatile than ever. 

Early on in our journey of sourcing unusual and special pieces of furniture with an aim to deconstruct and then reimagine, Suzanne found a great sofa that appealed to her sense of scale and imagination.

Lost in Place Sofa by Ulloo 42’s Suzanne Currie.  Available upon inquiry here.

Lost in Place Sofa by Ulloo 42’s Suzanne Currie. Available upon inquiry here.

This impressively large sofa looked very aristocratic but, like a beautiful old stately home, had seen better days. I was curious to see how Suzanne would transform this sofa. After sitting with it in her studio for a few days, she took to her sofa canvas and decided that a camouflage fabric would be sufficiently bold and audacious.

Lost in Place Sofa close up of fur accent.  Available upon inquiry here.

Lost in Place Sofa close up of fur accent. Available upon inquiry here.

Then pairing it with faux fur on the arms gave it a luxurious couture look. Voila! Our Lost in Place Sofa was born. Our Lost in Place Ottoman was then inspired by the look of our original camo sofa.

Lost in place ottoman by Suzanne Currie.  Visit our site for more details .

Lost in place ottoman by Suzanne Currie. Visit our site for more details .

Sometimes the most unexpected pairings, fit just right. Suzanne’s style as an artist dares to be different, against some norms of design . The Lost in Place ottoman also includes hand-crocheted detailing.

Lost in place ottoman  detailed shot of fur and crocheted accents.

Lost in place ottoman detailed shot of fur and crocheted accents.

YOUR GUT IS YOUR BEST FRIEND! Listening to it, may just be the innovation needed for our world of fashion.

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DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO!

Lise Abraham

Hello, here is the first blog for Ulloo 42. 

When Suzanne and I started the company just over two years ago, we just wanted to do something that we both loved. Having collaborated on several interior design projects in Newport Beach, the Netherlands and London, we knew we worked well together and as we were already best friends of many years this was a bonus. 

To see our past projects check out our Houzz here.

Photo: Lise Abraham (left) and Suzanne Currie (right) on the Fray twin chairs and pop art round table.

Photo: Lise Abraham (left) and Suzanne Currie (right) on the Fray twin chairs and pop art round table.

Starting a company seemed like a natural progression, and the idea of re-imagining interesting but, dated looking furniture appealed to both of us. Suzanne started finding pieces that had appeal in scale and style and then set to work totally transforming each piece with her incredible eye and sense of color. 

Before shot of Ulloo 42’s first piece of transformed furniture

Before shot of Ulloo 42’s first piece of transformed furniture

After the makeover now called our  Aqua Velvet Chair

After the makeover now called our Aqua Velvet Chair

Color is a transformative thing, we LOVE color, the bolder the better. Then add a funky, fun pattern and you have a statement piece that puts a smile on your face. 

Learn more about our press coverage here.

Collage Art

Patterns feature LOUD and PROUD on most of our pieces, some taken from Suzanne’s original collaged art and some from beautiful African fabrics sourced from London’s Brick Lane. 

Green Beau Peep

Stay tuned for more blogs on our progress and from inspirations found in travel and style around the world.


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