Jean Pelle began her own design studio in 2008 with a line of decorative wood candle holders that were quickly picked up by design shops across the country. She followed up with another series called the Assemblage Works - personal objects and smaller furniture that were built from parts that she had been collecting for years. In November 2008, Jean authored a do-it-yourself project called the Bubble Chandelier for Readymade Magazine. Since its publication, the light fixture project gained traction on the blog circuit and suddenly became a product in popular demand. By 2011, Jean and PELLEâs co-founder Oliver Pelle developed an entire series of re-engineered Bubble Chandeliers that ranged in size, shape and finish. Jeanâs early work gained significant recognition and has been included in 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 Masters in Architecture from Yale University in 2005, where she was the recipient of the Yen and Dolly Liang Scholarship. She earned her B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1999.