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Minimalism is not just a matter of looks. It's also integral to the design, including paring down materials to the bare necessary. Cielo's flat-panel LED light gives brilliant yet soft illumination that is glare free and warm. It can also be dimmed. The uncomplicated aluminum body, nickel-chrome steel canopy and fabric cord allows this pendant to easily fit in a wide range of environments, be it high modern or an eclectically vintage mix. Suspend a single Cielo or group several.
At the forefront of lighting design, San Francisco Pablo Studio created Cielo with the latest energy-efficient technology. It uses only 8 watts of power, making it 90% more efficient than a comparable halogen light source and 40% more efficient than CFLs. A single Cielo lasts for 50-thousand hours or 25 years of daily use. Now that's heaven.
“Lighting is undergoing a revolution at the moment,” says Venezuelan-born designer/entrepreneur Pablo Pardo, who’s leading the disruption with the mix of cutting-edge technology and always-cool minimalism behind his signal brand Pablo. As he puts it, nowadays, “you can build smarts right into the lamp.” Internationally recognized, the San Francisco company was started 20-odd years ago and now Pablo racks up design awards regularly for its more than 40 technology-driven and elegantly sparse collections worldwide.
The lighting industry thought-leader credits his upbringing in a family of artists and engineers for the always forward-facing Pablo style, which embraces innovations such as LEDs and flat-panel light. “Lighting is also shrinking in size: LEDs are so small that you can put them almost anywhere,” he adds. “So the standard iconography of a lamp with a shade is being upended.”