Never afraid of experimenting with new
shapes, materials and technologies, Jean and Oliver Pelle, of Brooklyn-based studio PELLE, are debuting
several new lighting fixtures, many of which are compatible with LED
These pendants are quite unique, tell us about the design and the inspiration.
The Tripp Lights started with an idea of how light interacts
with form and color. The pendants use a triangular geometry of flat aluminum
panels to create and release an intense but diffuse gradient of light against
the inner colored planes of the fixture. The monochrome color scheme of each
pendant and the hidden light source support the overall unity of the sculptural
How does the design build off of PELLE’s previous
pieces, and how is it a departure?
We find that each project in the studio is equal parts departure and reference. The Tripp Pendants might be a bit of a
formal departure from our first lighting line, the Bubble Chandelier. You might
argue that the Quadrat Coffee Tables Series is more akin to the Tripp
Pendants, but the designs all come from the same interest in taking a spark of
an idea and finding ways to execute it.
using LEDs important, and what was their impact on the design?
The LED Tripp Pendant version is our first stab at looking
at exactly that question. We felt it was important as a design
studio to look at how we want to use LED in a way that made it relatable to
us. LED is here to stay, yet in terms of light quality, incandescent sets the standard for color rendition. Since we were using LED and incandescent in basically the same fixture
shape, we thought it would be a great way to look at how these light sources
differ or how much they have in common. The LED Tripp Pendant gave us the
opportunity to create a more directional release of gradient light across the
metal panels. We feel that by making the light visible in such a way, we can
give it a sense of depth, volume and warmth. We hope to continue using LED technologies in our lights, but we want to frame it in unconventional ways.