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Pablo: shedding light on industrial design
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Pablo: shedding light on industrial design

A quarter of a century; this is how old Pablo will be this year. But don’t expect a party with candles to blow out: I bet that amongst all the balloons and garlands on the table you will find his latest lamps.

Founded in San Francisco by the Venezuelan industrial designer Pablo Pardo, the brand has represented a new benchmark for the world of lighting design since the first products came out in 1993 – and strives to maintain its high standards.

Simplicity and functionality: Pablo’s design principles are those which guide any well thought out project, whether it’s a table lamp, wall lamp or floor lamp. For example: the meticulous choice of materials in order to come up with the best combination for each project, backed by great technical ability.

A good designer, however, has always the bigger picture in mind. Designed as unique pieces and to encourage interaction, Pablo’s work aims to restore and enhance social interaction between the end-consumers and their surrounding environment.

As we know, we cannot build a personal relationship in a mere moment, in fact it takes constant dedication and balance. For this reason, Pablo’s mission-statement is to design objects that stand the test of time and that influence their surroundings for years to come, creating a sense of harmony through light.

Cielo by Pablo DesignCielo by Pablo Design

Light in balance: Piccola and Circa

Pablo’s first product has an understated, almost demure name – but really it’s a declaration of intent. The fact that it’s part of the permanent collection of the MoMa in San Francisco proves this theory.

Designed in 1993, the Piccola lamp is inspired by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s principle less is more, which Pablo Pardo has always made his own and expanded upon.

The lamp’s base is clad in soft Italian leather and is entirely malleable. Piccola is made to stay in any position, constantly holding its aluminium lampshade in perfect balance and parallel to its base.

Magic? No, industrial design.

The Circa lamp never loses its balance either. It came on the scene twenty years after the pioneer Piccola and is primarily a combination of a table lamp and a desk lamp.

This doesn’t destabilize it, on the contrary: its flat LED disk moves easily when it’s touched and this adapts the intensity of the light to suit your needs.

So, why not go further? Thanks to its integrated USB port, Circa doubles as a charger for different devices. It has definitely earned its NY NOW Excellence in Product Design 2013 award, don’t you think?

Piccola by Pablo DesignPiccola by Pablo Design
Circa Wall by Pablo DesignCirca Wall by Pablo Design

Circa LED wall lamp W 45,5 cm
Circa LED table lamp
Circa LED floor lamp with shelf
Circa LED floor lamp
Circa LED hanging lamp W 30 cm
Circa Flush LED ceiling lamp

Cables go beautiful: Clamp and Superlight

Pablo’s lamps consist of a few, a very few essential parts, as a matter of fact: you may as well show them off.

Peter Stathis and Matthew Boyko who designed Superlight and Dana Cannam who designed Clamp must have thought something similar.

These two lamps are made of materials which are bound to seem severe: the first one is in aluminium and steel and the second is in oak or walnut and fabric. Yet, the red cable that is wound around Clamp and Superlight’s doodle-esque silhouette aren’t inconsistent with this aesthetic. Both pieces use these quirks to their advantage.

It’s precisely that je ne sais quoithat captures your attention for a moment, adding interest to a desk, bedside table or table for years to come.

Superlight by Pablo DesignSuperlight by Pablo Design
Clamp LED table lamp with clamp
Superlight LED table lamp
Mini Clamp LED table lamp
Clamp LED table lamp
Superlight LED floor lamp
Clamp LED floor lamp

Contour: a lamp you would never have thought of

Oak is mellow and rigid at the same time. Or perhaps it’s the texture of the fabric that that strikes you. An empty frame that doesn’t need to hang.

Could you have ever imagined a lamp such as this?

Studio Pablo’s ambitious idea has become an object – an entire series actually: the Contour collection – capable of lighting up and decorating a room, as well as storing its secrets. And all this while it bewitches your guests.

It’s a minimalist lamp and when it’s switched off you probably won’t be able to guess what it’s meant to be. You might take it for a frame or a geometrical ornament. However, Contour is highly technological: its cutting edge LEDS are energy saving and run for hours on end.

Contour by Pablo DesignContour by Pablo Design

Make room for form: designer lamps

Less is more states Pablo: its catalogue shows that this isn’t just an empty statement, but the underlying principle that has been behind the brand’s designs and production for the last twenty five years.

To turn a goal into reality – an award-winning and record-breaking firm – Pablo has decided, helped by the expertise of top international designers, to strip every design down to its essence, to highlight its two main components: light and form.

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Contour LED table lamp H 63,5 cm – Walnut
Contour LED table lamp H 63,5 cm – Oak
Contour LED floor lamp – Oak
Swell LED hanging lamp W 30 cm
Cielo LED chandelier
Bluetooth Uma lamp
Brazo LED table lamp
Pixo LED table lamp
Lana LED table lamp H 52 cm – white
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