Handmade Glass Lighting History




Over the last many years, Niche has shaped into what you know today - designers and makers of elegant, hand-blown glass lighting. It has been a long ride, but quite the rewarding one. Continue reading about our handmade glass lighting history below.

 

2003

Co-founders Jeremy Pyles & Mary Welch renovate a former bodega market and open a gifts & homewares store in New York City's East Village.

 

Niche storefront NYC

 

2004

 

When the search for the proper lighting fixtures for the shop returned no results, Jeremy & Mary decided to make their own. After collecting electrical parts and collaborating with a glass-blower, Niche's first product, the Stamen pendant light, was born. The original Stamen that hung in the window made a statement and soon become to store's best selling item.

 

 

blue glass modern pendant light

 

2006 

 

With a series of 8 hand-blown glass pendant lights now in the collection, Niche HQ relocated to the Hudson Valley, though the glass pendants were still being made in New York City.

 

 

Plattekill, NY

 

 

2008

 

Niche makes their second move to a beautiful, light-filled 8800 sq. ft. loft building in Beacon, New York.

 

 

Beacon, NY

 

 

2011

  

Niche expands their operations and begins producing their signature glass pendant in a 20,000 sq. ft. abandoned bronze foundry in Beacon, New York.

 

 

factory renovation in Beacon, NY

 

 

The Cold Shop and Warehouse renovation begin.
 
 
 
 
warehouse renovation
 
 
 
The Niche Hot Shop renovation starts. Glass furnaces and other equipment slowly, but surely, make their way into the new space for installation. 
 
 
 
glass factory renovation
 
  

2012 

 

The Cold Shop is completed!

 
 
glass coldworking shop
 
 

After extensive renovations, the Hot Shop is fully operational. Niche expands their team of glass-blowers and now produces every single piece of glass in Beacon, New York. 

 

 
glass hot shop
 
 

2013

  

Niche introduces the Tabletop Collection, featuring a variety of colorful vases, votives, and carafes.

 
 
 
handblown glass votive
 
 

2014 

 

Our Cold Shop, Hot Shop, and Warehouse Team grows to an even bigger family.

 

 

team Niche

 

 
The first new pendants in years are introduced and the Crystalline Series is born!
 
 
 
colorful glass pendant lighting series

 

2015

 

Factory mezzanine renovation begins to house both the offices and production in the same building.

 

 

factory renovation

 

 

The renovation includes a new photo studio space.

 

 

factory renovation

 

 

We begin to use our very own CNC machine in-house to make models and prototypes, just how we want them!
 
 
 

 CNC machine

 

 

At long last, the mezzanine office renovation is complete and the entire Niche team now resides in the same building.

 

 

modern glass pendant lighting in office

Posted on 1/18/16 1:44 PM by Katie