The Whimsical, Retro-Inspired World of Jellio

Saturday, October 26, 2013

We're often told to surround ourselves with positivity: people who inspire you, work that brings you joy, even wall colors that supposedly bring happiness. But take a look at the furniture currently around you—you’re probably sitting on a typical black rolling chair in front of an Ikea desk, or maybe you’re on a normal black couch in front of a standard glass coffee table. Are you surrounded by things you love and things that inspire you? Probably not. But you could be.

Enter Jellio—a furniture company devoted to making fun, retro-inspired products. Like the shelf modeled after 3-D glasses, the chandelier made of 14,500 acrylic gummy bears (cleverly called the Candelier), or my personal favorite, the bench shaped like an ice cream sandwich. The only downside is how often you'll crave gummy bears and ice cream. (As if you don't already.)

The company was founded in 2005 by Mario Marsicano and Chris Lenox. At first, Marsicano began collecting vintage toys from his childhood, and then embedded them in Lucite tables for display. When his friends started asking about getting their own toy tables, Marsicano founded Jellio. The company has greatly expanded in the eight years since its founding: With the help of production manager Kevin Champeny, they’ve produced custom furniture for Madame Tussauds wax museum in Times Square, the set of Nickelodeon’s iCarly, Google and Discovery Communications, among others. In addition to their custom work, they offer some smaller pieces on their website. So, if you’re looking for an interesting way to redecorate your living room or just want your bedroom to reflect your love of comics, these products are for you. Check out DYR's interview with Marsicano for the scoop on how they come up with their retro cool creations. read more

Jellio: Westchester’s Candy-Shaped-Furniture Company

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Jellio: Westchester’s Candy-Shaped-Furniture Company
A local furniture company that appeals to the kid in you


When you were a kid imagining your dream home, did you think of a house full of understatedly elegant furnishings? Probably not. You more likely imagined bold pop-art palettes and furniture inspired by your favorite things: toys and candy.

Jellio, a home-furnishings company from the design team of Kevin Champeny, Mario Marsicano, Chris Lenox, and Eric J. Winston, fulfills the wishes of your inner child. “We want to create unique environments based on childhood memories,” Marsicano says. And they do: Ice-cream sandwiches become ottomans and benches; a barrel of monkeys turns into the pedestal of a glass-topped coffee table; and spin-able viewfinder frames are transformed into wall art. 

Many of these designs are manufactured out of Champeny’s home studio in Bronxville. Champeny also hand-makes Jellio’s famed Candeliers—chandeliers made of approximately 15,000 hand-strung acrylic gummi bears. Copyright infringement isn’t an issue, Champeny explains, as “the gummi bear design is in the public domain,” though he hand-sculpted his own anyway to make it unique to Jellio. Read More

Holiday Gift Idea: A Gummi Bear Chandelier for Sweet-Toothed Decorators

Monday, December 10, 2012

Looking for a chandelier to brighten up your dining room? How about one made from over 3,000 multi-colored gummy bears.

New York-based artist Kevin Champeny has designed a what are being dubbed "Candeliers" from acrylic gummy bears strung onto see-through wires (don't get your hopes up, it's non-edible).

The Candeliers are available for purchase, in two sizes, from the gummy-centric home furnishing company Jellio. But don't promise it to your Secret Santa just yet: The 18" diameter version is selling for $2,400, while the larger 31" version goes for a whopping $6,500.00. 

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Architectural Digest

Saturday, December 08, 2012

For many years, even after building his father’s small advertising agency into a billion-dollar-plus behemoth and selling it, Donny Deutsch had little interest in what he calls “stuff.” Despite two marriages and three children, he was a self-described “serial renter” who never acquired the houses, planes, or boats favored by many of his acquaintances. “People used to make fun of me because I didn’t own anything,” he says.

Sweet Furniture!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

An epic sugar rush awaits both kids and grown-ups at the Jellio Sweet Shop, a two-day furnishings pop-up at Property in Soho (May 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 14 Wooster St., nr. Canal St.; 917-237-0123). Co-owner Mario Marsicano and the rest of the Jellio team mine their childhood memories when brainstorming designs for their whimsical line of rubber-molded cupcake seats ($900), foam-and-velvet benches shaped like ice-cream sandwiches ($900), and four-foot-tall plastic gummy bears ($1,600). The quirky pieces are made and housed in the eight-year-old company’s Bronxville studio, but this weekend only, adventurous decorators can peruse the merch in person, along with a selection of candy-themed artwork by Jellio manufacturer Kevin Champeny.

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Meeting the Demand for Quirky Objects

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Mario Marsicano and Chris Lenox founded Jellio in 2005. The company, which is based in New York, makes whimsical home furnishings. THE CHALLENGE To maximize growth, Jellio must figure out how to increase production to keep up with demand while reducing production costs.

Jellio: Candy-Inspired Furniture

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Craving something sweet? Jellio is a design firm that has a knack for making furniture fashioned after your favorite candies and treats. The firm, based in Bronxville, N.Y., will host a popup shop this Friday and Saturday in SoHo where prospective customers and curious gawkers can take a close-up look at their ice cream-inspired benches and GummiBear light fixtures.....

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