PELLE was founded in 2011 by partners Jean and Oliver Pelle. Their studio practice integrates artistic exploration with architectural integrity to offer an original collection of hand produced, professionally refined pieces. Driven by an exploration of new ideas and material technologies, PELLE’s collections of lighting and furniture are continually expanding into different areas of design.
Located in a historic brick manufactory building along Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront neighborhood, the PELLE studio is housed in a 10,000 square-foot space which is comprised of several departments. There is a lighting fabrication studio, a materials-research and design-prototyping studio, and a dedicated gallery for the display of finished works. The expansive studio space is structured to support creative experimentation and active making, continually evolving to support the needs of the studio’s output. Led by Jean and Oliver, the small studio team handcrafts each piece to order.
About Jean & Oliver Pelle
Jean Pelle has pursued a lifelong career in design by way of studying architecture and practicing fine art. The daughter of a professional sculptor from Korea, she grew up very much engaged in the activities of drawing, painting and making in her father’s sculpture studio. She received her BFA in Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1999 and then went on to work at the San Francisco firm of Joseph Esherick/EHDD Architects before earning her Master of Architecture degree from Yale University in 2005. Upon graduating, Jean worked at the firm of her graduate professors, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien in New York City. In 2008, Jean embarked on an independent design career in order to establish her own studio where she could create hands-on design-focused work. In 2011, Jean and Oliver, having newly married and become parents, together formed PELLE.
Oliver Pelle has always been fascinated by geometric principles and systemic structures. Oliver left Germany to begin his undergraduate studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the architecture school once led by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe. In 2000, he received his professional Bachelor of Architecture degree and was awarded The Henry Adams Medal, given to the highest ranking graduating student. His studies at IIT included a year abroad at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London and an internship in Switzerland where he worked for Mario Botta Architects. He earned his Master of Architecture from Yale University in 2004 and then went on to work for Yale’s dean, Robert A.M. Stern/RAMSA for seven years as an integral designer for the firm’s built institutional and masterplan projects. During his time at RAMSA, Oliver and Jean became married. Propelled by their strong interests in architecture and design, Oliver and Jean together formed PELLE in 2011 to pursue their own independent design work.