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Talk about a stunning 360-degree turn. The portable UMA Sound Lantern from San Francisco's Pablo Designs provides high-end audio and warm LED illumination in all directions. Designers Carmine Deganello and Pablo Pardo reimagine the iconic lantern for the digital age, to power up virtually anywhere—from backyard parties to camping trips to reading in bed.
UMA has an intuitive interface with touch-sensitive volume control and full-range dimming. Effortless music streaming via the wireless Bluetooth connection; control the volume and music selection from any mobile device. Lithium battery with 8-hour life and a light source good for 50,000 hours. Premium leather carrying strap and impact-resistant polycarbonate shade, silicone base, and steel speaker grills for carefree toting.
“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.”