Company History

2003

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.

When the search for the proper modern lighting for the shop returned no results, Jeremy & Mary decided to make their own.

2004

2004

After collaborating with a glass-blower and collecting electrical parts, 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.

2006

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.

2008

2008

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

2011

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.

2011-A

The Cold Shop and Warehouse renovation begins.

2011-B

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

2012

2012

The Cold Shop and Warehouse are both complete. Orders can be finished and packed in house.

2012-A

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.

2013

2013

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

2014

2014

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

2014-A

The first new modern lighting collection in years are introduced and the Crystalline Series is born.

2015

2015

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

2015-A

The renovation includes a new photo studio space and room to grow.

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.

2016-Niche-Office

2016

The entire Niche team finally inhabits one building. The mezzanine houses our new offices, conference room and photo studio with a bird's eye view into our Hot Shop.


Just Keep Growing

It looks like we need to add on to our timeline! A lot has changed since 2016. We're proud of our team and all of our accomplishments we've achieved together over the years. As we gather more memories to add, stay awhile, and enjoy projects, products, and content created by real people.