Cortina Floor Lamp
$440 – $650
A simple cast-iron base supporting a column-like clear acrylic shade makes the this floor lamp, like the rest of its siblings in the Cortina collection, an exercise in minimalism. There's certainly a strength of purpose in Pablo Pardo' resolutely architectural form. Overlaid with a mesh diffuser, the fully dimmable light source suits nearly any mood or setting. Duly impressive when placed singly or in groupings of the available varied heights.
Cortina 48: 48" h x 10" w x 3.5" d (122x25.5x8.9cm)
Cortina 60: 60" h x 10" w x 3.5" d (152.5x25.5x8.9cm)
Cortina 72: 72" h x 11" w 4" d (183x28x10.2cm)
Cord: 72" l (182.9cm)
Cast iron, polycarbonate, polyester
Full-range dim (in-line rotary dimmer)
Multiple sizes for a variety of applications
Voltage: 120V or 220V
“Lighting is undergoing a revolution at the moment,” says Venezuelan-born designer/entrepreneur Pablo Pardo, who’s leading the disruption with the mix of cutting-edge technology and always-cool minimalism behind his signal brand Pablo. As he puts it, nowadays, “you can build smarts right into the lamp.” Internationally recognized, the San Francisco company was started 20-odd years ago and now Pablo racks up design awards regularly for its more than 40 technology-driven and elegantly sparse collections worldwide.
The lighting industry thought-leader credits his upbringing in a family of artists and engineers for the always forward-facing Pablo style, which embraces innovations such as LEDs and flat-panel light. “Lighting is also shrinking in size: LEDs are so small that you can put them almost anywhere,” he adds. “So the standard iconography of a lamp with a shade is being upended.”