Niche Modern was founded in 2003 as an unexpected accident. The founders, Jeremy Pyles and Mary Welch, were designing products for their own lives that satisfied their particular design sensibilities. After other people saw their products and expressed appreciation for their work, the duo founded Niche Modern. The company is known for its distinctive glass pendant lights and other lighting products that are comprised of expertly crafted hand-blown glass. Niche also designs other glassware and home products, including elegant vases and candle holders.