Jean & Oliver Pelle

Jean and Oliver PellePelle is a design studio inspired by observing and reimagining objects and spaces. Pelle's work is a search for beauty within the materials and forms they use.

Jean Pelle began her own design studio in 2008, and in November authored a do-it-yourself project called the Bubble Chandelier for Readymade Magazine. Since its publication, the light fixture project gained much traction on the blog circuit and suddenly became a product in popular demand by those who wanted finished versions. By 2011, Jean and PELLE’s co-founder Oliver Pelle, developed an entire series of re-engineered Bubble Chandeliers that range in size, shape and finish. Jean’s early work has gained significant recognition and has been included in the publication of several notable design books and periodicals, nationally and internationally.

Earlier in her career, Jean worked at the offices of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City, Eric Owen Moss Architects in Los Angeles, and EHDD Architecture in San Francisco. Jean received her Master in Architecture from Yale University in 2005, where she was the recipient of the Yen and Dolly Liang Scholarship, and a B.A. degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1999.

Prior to forming PELLE, Oliver was an Associate at Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City. During his seven years at the firm, he was the Project Architect for large-scale institutional and academic projects, such as the Harvard Law School in Cambridge and the Lebow College of Business in Philadelphia. He was also lead designer for several large mixed-use developments and urban master plans, both in the US and abroad. Oliver has an extensive architecture background and has worked at the offices of Mario Botta in Switzerland, John Ronan Architects in Chicago, Richardson Sadeki and Andrew Pollock Architects in New York City.

Born in Germany, Oliver came to the US to study architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He received his B.Arch in 2000 and was awarded the Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, a recognition given to the top-ranking graduating student. During his time at IIT, he spent an exchange year in London at The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. In 2004, he received his Master in Architecture from Yale University where he was awarded the Charles O. Matcham Memorial Scholarship. Oliver remains active at the Yale School of Architecture as a regularly invited critic.