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Here’s a Swell story. With the Swell Single Pendant in brass, the designers at San Francisco’s Pablo Studio continue to blur the line between indoor and outdoor lighting. Shades fabricated in spun aluminum finished with gleaming brass inside and out provide a golden-hued glow. Sustainability is also part of the story, with 97 percent recyclable materials and illumination life of 40K hours (equaling 20 years of daily use.) Swell, indeed.
“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.”