Niche came into being somewhat by accident in 2003, when our Creative Director, Jeremy Pyles, was unable to find the proper modern lighting for his homewares store in New York City’s East Village.
Pyles teamed up with a glass- blower to create three pendants to light the front of the Niche store. The lights were not for sale, but the fixtures that hung in the storefront's window made a grand statement — so much so that they soon became our best selling item. From this, a new business was born.
The Stamen modern pendant light is truly the signature pendant of the Niche line and became the impetus for all of the other pendant designs which followed. Within two years of the Stamen’s release, Pyles designed seven other modern lighting glass shapes to join our collection.