The tabletop version of the Cortina lighting series echoes the collection's straightforward architectural form with a uncomplicated cast-iron base supporting the column-shaped acrylic shade. Overlaid with a mesh diffuser, the fully dimmable light source has a strong but neutral presence, suiting nearly any mood or setting. No wonder designer Pablo Pardo describes it as "stoic."
24" h x 8" w x 3" d (60.9x20.3x7.6cm)
Cord: 72" (182.9cm)
Cast iron, polycarbonate, polyester
Full range dim (in-line rotary dimmer)
Voltage: 120V or 220V
Light source: (2x) E27-60W PAR 16 NSP Bulb
“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.”