PAST PRESENCE is a collaboration between design studio founders Jean and Oliver Pelle of PELLE, and antique dealer and jewelry designer Russell Whitmore of Erie Basin. The collection brings together PELLE’s modern design sensibilities with Whitmore’s specialization in jewelry fabrication and historical design.
With the goal of creating a collection that spans beyond the contemporary context, PELLE and Erie Basin layered decorative elements onto modern forms, combining romantic nostalgia with clean lines. The collection was conceived with intentional playfulness, and each piece experiments with traditional methods and rarely-used materials, creating provocative juxtapositions of weight, austerity, and scale.
PAST PRESENCE is a collection of three new unusual pieces that resulted from the collaboration.
The Fin Chair is a mahogany and blackened steel chair that features a broad “fin” as its central detail. The structural frame, seat and silhouette of the chair offer an unusual combination of elements, joining the austerity of a simple steel frame with the warmth of premium wood. The seat is made of a solid mahogany that is polished and symmetrically joined, the grain of the wood drawing the eye towards the anchoring fin—crafted from matching mahogany. Juxtaposing this rich material with a minimal frame, the Fin Chair brings singularity to a functional design.