All That Glitters ⏤ A Collaboration Between PELLE Design Studio and Erie Basin
June 15th — June 30th
PELLE Studio / Showroom
56 W 22nd St 8th Floor, New York, NY
With a practice that melds a refined artistic sensibility and precise engineering, Jean and Oliver Pelle of design studio PELLE have easily established themselves as some of the most provocative designers to watch in New York.
Now, they’re showing their latest collaboration in an exhibition titled All That Glitters, held at their showroom in the Flatiron District. Joining forces with antique dealer/jewelry designer Russell Whitmore, of Erie Basin, for a collection of lamps and tables called Past Presence, the exhibition explores the inspiration behind the furniture, and also features an exclusive jewelry collaboration and some of the original sketches for the pieces.
Each piece in All That Glitters juxtaposes new and old; contemporary design with traditional craft. The Silver Veil table lamp appears to float, thanks to its reflective silver base ensconced behind a curtain of beaded chains; all that can be seen is the dimmer dial, set in Maw Sit Sit, a rare precious stone similar to jade that can only be found in northern Burma.
The Dark Moon wall lamp pays homage to the Arts & Crafts jewellery movement with a half moon silhouette and solid brass wall sconce, finished with a marble block fringe that helps to diffuse the light. Meanwhile, the Fin chair blends an elegant, minimalist blackened steel silhouette with an anchoring leg and seat in rich Honduran mahogany in an ode to craftsmanship. Three pieces that reinterpret the furniture as jewelry—the Gold Moon earrings, the Silver Veil bracelet and the Fin ring—round out the collaboration.
Both designers from PELLE graduated from the Yale School of Architecture—where they actually met—and it shows, as they explore rare materials and expressive silhouettes through their pieces, all of which are handcrafted in their studio. Previous pieces such as their ‘Lost & Found’ end tables, crafted from polished aluminum and amazonite marble, only reinforce the capacity of their creativity.
The exhibition is on until June 30th.