The PELLE Story
The Yale School of Architecture brought Korean-American designer Jean Pelle and German designer Oliver Pelle together to form PELLE, a company that applies an interdisciplinary approach to their architectural and decorative creations. Based in Red Hook, a small corner of Brooklyn, New York, PELLE is constantly reimagining and observing the materials and spaces around them.
It all started with Jean’s Bubble Chandelier. Initially a do-it-yourself project for Readymade Magazine, the founding of PELLE in 2011 led to a revitalization of the original prototype, merging the architectural expertise of both designers to create the series of bubble chandeliers celebrated today. Employing a multitude of pristine materials, PELLE aims for their pieces—ranging from lighting to furniture—to be “lived with, handled, worn and enjoyed.”
Why We Love PELLE
PELLE is constantly searching for the beauty in the primary elements of their design. The acute attention to materiality and function imbues each of their designs with a decorative purpose. As a whole, the beautiful and playful designs give a sense that each designer’s personality influenced the form of each creation.
Fun Facts About PELLE Lighting
Since their debut at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in 2013, PELLE continues to gain notoriety in the design community. Currently, PELLE is in the midst of a residential project within a historic 18th century stone ruin in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Noteworthy Lighting from PELLE
The Original Bubble Chandelier has grown in to a collection with nine different shapes and sizes. The hand-blown glass globes culminate in an effervescent and airy design that sparkles with light. The natural cotton or leather coiling wraps around the structure, adding a luxurious textural element to the machined metal finish.