The design is as clean as anything produced by the Bauhaus, yet the purity of the Elise Lamp (1998) has a softer edge very much in tune with today's sensibilities. Its creator is Pablo Pardo, a San Francisco-based industrial designer whose award-winning work centers around simplicity and utility. The Elise achieves both. It's a quietly beautiful lamp constructed of a finely machined aluminum base and translucent tubular diffuser that's neutral enough for a wide range of interiors. Bulb (included): 40W/frosted T-10 medium base/120 volt. Made in U.S.A.
Sheds diffused light.
Freestanding with heavy base.
Aluminum base with satin finish; translucent polycarbonate diffuser; clear cord.
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.