Talk about a stunning 360-degree turn. The portable UMA Sound Lantern from San Francisco's Pablo Designs provides high-end audio and warm LED illumination in all directions. Designers Carmine Deganello and Pablo Pardo reimagine the iconic lantern for the digital age, to power up virtually anywhere—from backyard parties to camping trips to reading in bed.
UMA has an intuitive interface with touch-sensitive volume control and full-range dimming. Effortless music streaming via the wireless Bluetooth connection; control the volume and music selection from any mobile device. Lithium battery with 8-hour life and a light source good for 50,000 hours. Premium leather carrying strap and impact-resistant polycarbonate shade, silicone base, and steel speaker grills for carefree toting.
- 11" h x 6.1" dia (28x15.4cm)
- Handle height: 2.4" (6cm)
- Cable length: 72" (183cm)
Polycarbonate, steel, silicone, leather, cotton
- UL listed
- Color temperature: 2000K - 2700K
When it comes to form and light, one of the most consistently innovative resources that continues to further California’s creative legacy is Pablo Designs.
Namesake Pablo Pardo bucks conventional design tropes along with pushing some of the best environmentally considerate and progressive technologies, among them is his proprietary non-glare flat-panel LED. The San Francisco-based firm advanced the market with roll outs of features such as device charging and pairing LED illumination with high-fidelity sound.
Design runs in the Pardo family DNA. His twin brother and their sister are also industrial designers, and their father is a civil engineer whose work took the family of 7 from their native Venezuela to Chile and then Ohio. Pablo started young, tinkering with remote control airplanes in his father’s workshop. As an adult, he designed for both the toy and automotive worlds, finally focusing in on lighting and launching his eponymous brand in 1993. Twin Fernando contributes to the signature collection, including collaborating with his brother on the best-selling Pixo, winner of the prestigious Red Dot prize. That spirit extends to the stable of leading international designers who have also pushed the boundaries of light with original and critically acclaimed work for Pablo Designs, from Peter Stathis and John August to the celebrated Michael McCoy, among others.
“When we set out to create something, we keep in mind that someone has to use it, and interact with it, so the fixture should be intuitive and easily understood,” observed Pablo, a practicing devotee of Dieter Rams’ less-but-better maxim. “Our designs are very simple on the outside, but complex on the inside. We believe that good design should provide a lifetime of service, and now LEDs allow us to do this.”