If minimalism, esthetically-speaking, is the search for a state of grace, it’s fair to say that industrial designer Pablo Pardo can cease looking. Founder of the San Francisco-based lighting company, Pablo, the Venezuelan-born Pardo is a prolific industrial designer, whose early familial influences of art and engineering are winningly expressed in the range of reductive lighting designs developed by the Pablo brand. Propelled by an “essence of an notion” design credo, the Pablo company’s method to lighting style marries the benefits of modern power-effective illumination with Modernist “less is a lot more” design principles—elegantly illustrated in a quantity of visually transcendent suspension and activity lights.
If there’s a desk lamp that does more with less than Pablo Pardo’s LIM360—a single strip of gently bent aluminum, outfitted with high-output LEDs, USB port, and 360-degree arm rotation—we can’t consider of 1 offhand. The exceedingly simplified profile of this high-performance process lamp is a study in form and functional efficiency, and a lesson in treading lightly, comprised of 97% recyclable components. And, not incidentally, LIM360 tends to make an undeniably artful visual statement.
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Minimalism at its whimsical very best is embodied in Pixo, an enchanting task light with a slender profile and equally modest footprint that invokes a vaguely human kind. A swiveling head that enables for upward, downward and sideways illumination, and wildly maneuverable arm make Pixo, a collaboration between Pablo Padro and his brother Fernando, every single bit as impressive for its efficiency, ecological sensitivity and visual panache as LIM360. Is it any wonder that Pixo was a 2012 Red Dot Award winner?