In the mid 1990s, a lamp by Pablo began appearing in hip restaurants in San Francisco and New York. Composed of a tear-drop, cast aluminum body and a sandblasted shade, the Sophie Lamp turned an ordinary table top into a dreamscape for intimate conversations. Coming from a family of designers, the work of Venezuelan-born Pablo Pardo is deceptively simple, often made from no more than a couple of materials, beautifully crafted and devoid of superflous details. Once in use, however, Pablo's lamps take on a new character that is much more experiential than simply visual. It is the experience rather than the look of an object that Pablo sought in his designs.
Trained as an industrial designer, Pardo cut his design teeth at DaimlerChrysler and Toylab (a San Diego-based toy consultancy) before opening his own studio in 1993. Since his first acclaimed designs such as the Sophie Lamp and the Piccola Lamp, a witty leather beanbag lamp that leans and sways like a drunken boxer (and the winner of ID magazine Annual Review), Pablo's designs have increased in technical sophistication without losing their pure form and poetic effects. Pablo's new IO task lamp, for instance, is on par with the best Italian lighting yet retains the wit and personality often lacking in contemporary design. "My goal is not to design another beautiful object," Pablo states, "it's about challenging how we see things." Pablo's designs shed new light on how we view our world.