‘Unnatural Habitat’ at PELLE / New York City 2019

Two of Pelle's Nana Lure lamps suspended above three Stiletto Stools
View of Pelle’s showroom. From left to right are the Dust lighting system, DVN table, Stiletto end tables, and Nana Lure pendants
Pelle’s Dust in their 2019 Unnatural Habitat exhibition
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    Exhibition Title:
    ‘Unnatural Habitat’


    Pelle Studio / Showroom
    New York, New York

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Unnatural Habitat

Unnatural Habitat is an exploration in replicating natural phenomena with abstract means. Objects are defamiliarized through shifts in proportion, context, material and time.

Nana, Pelle’s latest addition to the Lure Collection, isolates a tropical leaf from its natural environment, creating a sculpted, oversized shade—a fantastical botanical illustration come to life. Dust suspends the transitory moment of a shattering mirror, creating a constellation of reflective fragments whose twinkling lights mimic dust particles floating through the air. Offering both complement and contrast, the milled aluminum DVN table’s solid polished surface is suggestive of a mirror in an unbroken—and seemingly unbreakable—state.

Interspersed throughout the exhibition, billowing curtains serve to veil and reveal, adding to the dream-like experience of interacting with echoes of an actual, and more natural world. Unnatural Habitat offers an alternate perspective on form and phenomena, mobilizing abstraction to offer a new lens through which to view our surroundings.

In 2019, Pelle presented Unnatural Habitat, an imaginative conceptual environment on view in the Pelle showroom-atelier in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. The exhibition debuted Pelle’s Dust and Nana light fixtures as well as the DVN table.

Exhibition ran from May 15th through June 28th, 2019.

Photography by Eric Petschek