Pendant Lights by Jeremy Pyles for Niche Modern

Pendant Lights by Niche Modern



Husband-and-wife team Jeremy Pyles and Mary Welch, of Niche Modern are creating some of the most elegant new lighting designs we have seen.

Frustrated with the available lighting options for their Manhattan-based home-furnishings shop, Niche, they created a hand-blown pendant in 2003. “Stamen” became the store’s most coveted item, and in 2005 they debuted a line of 10 lights, in shapes from flattened spheres to bell jars.  All Niche Modern lights are made from hand-blown glass and are contemporary, stylish and incredibly versatile.

You can hang them on their own, or in clusters, to produce playful designs, that can illuminate larger spaces. Niche Modern pendant Lights are funky, but at the same time luxurious and timeless, ideal for both hospitality lighting and residential lighting.

It was not the intention of the founders of the US company Niche Modern to become lighting manufacturers. They were simply designing products for their own lives to satisfy their super picky sensibilities. When other people expressed appreciation for their work and started placing orders they knew that they were on to something. So they began experimenting and expanding the boundaries of what hand blown glass can do.

No two fixtures are the same because they’re individually crafted. There will generally be some slight variation in color, shape and size between them, a subtle detail that adds a touch of character. Niche Modern Lights are available in a very wide selection of impressive bold colors.

Most pieces of the Niche Modern collection are presented with Edison style bulbs, a nice detail that adds a touch of retro style, seamlessly integrated with the modern elements. Of course one can use any E27/E27 bulb in case he wants to (to ruin the design that is).







From an honest and organic need to fill an empty storefront with some inspiring display lighting. We searched high and low and couldn’t find anything decent, so we said, “Hey, let’s just do it ourselves.”

Mary planned the store and Jeremy took weekend walks from the East Village down to Chinatown to collect a random smattering of electrical parts and funky light bulbs. After meeting a glass-blower on the streets of Soho whilst looking for inspiration, Jeremy made a deceptively simple yet impossible sketch to make out of glass. After one very long day prototyping in a glass studio in Brooklyn, the Stamen Modern Pendant Light was born.

We never intended to sell the lights, however. But after people kept persistently asking about them, Mary realized that Niche was to become the harbinger of modern lighting design more so than a design shop selling other peoples’ wares. That is when Niche Modern was born.

Troy Hanson, the director of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in 2005, called us and said, “Hey! Who are you?! You should exhibit at the ICFF.” We were flattered. Troy suggested a small 5 x 10 foot booth to start with modestly. But that isn’t really how Niche does things.

Jeremy wanted to flesh out the line and launch big, so 8 more products were designed in a day and prototyped the next. We showed up at the ICFF with a handful of prototypes and a freshly printed catalog. Jeremy affectionately called it the “smoke and mirrors” debut. But when the designers and architects started pouring into our booth saying “where have you been, we’ve been waiting for you“, we knew we were onto something.




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Husband-and-wife team Jeremy Pyles, 35, and Mary Welch, 31, of Niche Modern are creating some of America’s funkiest new lighting designs. Frustrated with lighting options for their Manhattan home-furnishings shop, Niche, they created a hand-blown pendant in 2003. “Stamen” became the store’s most coveted item, and in 2005 they debuted a line of 10 lights, in shapes from flattened spheres to bell jars. Influential restaurant designers are taken with their ingenious touches: Tony Chi, for one, chose “Aurora” to light chef Michael Mina’s new Stonehill Tavern in Dana Point, California. Recently the couple teamed with a Singaporean father-daughter duo to make gorgeous porcelain vases with star-shaped openings. —Dani Fisher, Food & Wine magazine


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