Defined by a structural and material simplicity, the Cortina Floor Lamps and Table Lamp (2000) by Pablo Pardo simultaneously contain and diffuse light. The compact polycarbonate shade is virtually architectural, a thin rectangle of transparency that delineates the form and filters light through an external fabric diffuser, which is stretched over the top, down to the base. The floor lamps may be tucked beside a sofa, or placed in a corner, being well suited to today's versatile environments in which efficiency of space and versatility are key, while the table lamp provides unique secondary lighting on a bedside table or reception desk. Bulbs included: two 60W par 16 halogen. Full-range dimmer.
Polycarbonate shade w/ white polyester fabric diffuser; cast iron base.
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.