The subtly sexy Stamen Pendant (2004) is the work of Jeremy Pyles for Niche Modern, a company that came into being somewhat by accident. When opening a housewares store in SoHo, Jeremy Pyles and Mary Welch were unable to find lights that satisfied their “super picky sensibilities.” At one point during their search, they saw a man selling blown glass vases out of the back of his truck. Jeremy requested a shape that the man wasn’t sure he could create, telling him “glass is not meant to curve in on itself,” but the two of them kept at it, eventually creating three pendants to light the front of the Niche store. The lights weren’t for sale, but customers kept asking for them, and a new business was soon born. Stamen consists of hand-blown colored glass designed around the shape of a light bulb that Jeremy selected after studying more than 30 types. No two are identical – just like snowflakes. Comes complete with a black ceiling rose. Bulb (included): tubular dimmable incandescent, 75W max. Made in U.S.A.