WALLPAPER*, Aug 2016

“When it came to giving the humble hotel bath soap a makeover, we looked to Brooklyn-based design studio Pelle. Soon after forming in 2011, the firm, run by husband-and-wife team Oliver and Jean Pelle, made waves with a range of faceted, gem-like soaps…


For Wallpaper* Handmade, Pelle was inspired by Japanese rock gardens and the work of Isamu Noguchi. The duo created a quartet of geometric soaps that appear embedded in a topographic brass tray, with fins that rise up and cradle each piece. The tray is both elegant and functional, enabling the soap to dry quickly after use…


The brass tray was machined by custom hardware company ER Butler & Co. Using water-jet technology, 62 unique brass profiles were cut and then assembled to create the landscape-like setting.”



Wallpaper* Magazine, August 2016, “Clean lines,” written by Pei-Ru Keh, page 118-119. Photography by Tim Schutsky.


‘Rock Garden’ soap set and tray