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One good idea begets another as the Tube Top Pendant Light amply illustrates. Here, Peter Stathis’ reworked table lamp design is adapted as a dramatic overhead light. A sculpturally transparent acrylic framework gives form to the mesh fabric shade, elegantly diffusing the light. From San Francisco lighting brand Pablo, known for its refined minimalism.
“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.”
With its highly animated quality, the lighting design of San Francisco’s Peter Stathis is as prized for its high performance attributes as it is for its distinctively sculptural appearance. Peter regards his tellingly named Virtual Studio as “equal parts office and atelier.” His work has been repeatedly honored, including Interior Design magazine Best of Year, ICFF Editors Award and the prestigious Red Dot Design Award and is in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. All of which doubtlessly affirms his stated goal of his studio “as an experimental laboratory for advancing industrial design culture.”