Modern Lighting Company History

Browse the timeline to learn more about our modern lighting company history, how we started, and where we are now.

modern lighting company is born in New York City


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.

modern lighting company makes first pendant light


2004

When the search for the proper modern lighting 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 modern lighting product, the Stamen, was born. The original Stamen pendant light that hung in the window made a statement and soon became the store's best selling item.

modern lighting company first location in Plattekill, New York


2006

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

modern lighting company relocates to Beacon, New York


2008

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

modern lighting company renovates factory building


2011

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

modern lighting company renovates interior of factory building



The Cold Shop and Warehouse renovation begins.
modern lighting company installs glassblowing equipment


The Niche Hot Shop renovation starts. Glass furnaces and other equipment slowly, but surely, make their way into the new space for installation.
modern lighting company cold working facility


2012

The Cold shop is completed.

modern lighting company glassblowing facility



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


2013

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

 modern lighting company team


2014

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

modern lighting company introduces new products



The first new modern lighting in years are introduced and the Crystalline Series is born.
modern lighting company renovates mezzanine of factory building


2015

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

modern lighting company renovates new photo studio



The renovation includes a new photo studio space.
2015-B



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