Rising magisterially from the floor, Pablo's sliced Vella reads as a dramatic sculpture. More than that, it also shapes the level of illumination via its pair of independently swiveling louvers, opening and closing to sculpt light and shadow. By adjusting the space between the sweeping curved aluminum forms, Vella washes the surrounding wall and floor with warm LED light as desired while a full dimming option further allows for just the right mood.
73" h x 13" dia (185.4x33cm)
Cord length: 96" (244cm)
360° shade rotation
2 independently movable louvers
In-line dimmer switch
Voltage: 120 or 220V
Power consumption: 20W
Color temperature: 2700K
Luminosity: 1600 Lumens
Luminaire efficacy: 80 Lumens/Watt
Light source: (120x) High-output LED array
“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.”