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Belmont elevates the oft-undistinguished pendant into the realm of a fine furnishing with its array of premium textile options for the beautifully curved shade and its crafted solid-oak frame. Designer John August’s sophisticated take on warm, glare-free LED illumination casts both direct and indirect light and is fully dimmable—for up to 50k energy-efficient and maintenance-free hours. Available in a choice of sizes, Belmont’s gracefully contours especially suggest arrangement in groups, whether for residential, contract or hospitality settings.
“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.”