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The diminutive Giraffa casts both direct and ambient light and fits in easily anywhere—on a desk, atop a nightstand, or tucked into a cozy reading nook. With a 360-degree rotating shade set on an angled post, it also provides an ineffable touch of chic in either brushed copper, black anodized aluminum or glossy white lacquer. Warm and fully dimmable, Giraffa’s LED light source is rated for 50K hours, a virtual lifetime. Designer John August, an accomplished craftsman and machinist, certainly put his hands-on approach to good use with this beauty.
“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.”