With a tilt of its jaunty hat-like shade in soft wool felt, Bola's LED illumination can be adjusted for direct or indirect lighting. And the pendant's thick double-layer shade also offers excellent acoustical properties, making it apropos for dining areas and meeting spaces in residential, lounge or hospitality settings. From Pablo Pardo and his in-house studio, Bola features a globe diffuser in mouth-blown opal glass underneath its felt topper and is available in a choice of 2 sizes in either silvery chrome or gun metal.
- Small: 6" h x 24" dia (15.2x61cm)
- Large: 8" h x 32" dia (20.3x81.3cm)
- Extra Large: 10" h x 42" dia (25.4x106.7cm)
- XX Large: 12" h x 52" dia (30.5x132.8cm)
- Canopy: 1.6" h x 5.9" dia (4x15cm)
- Cord length: 120" (305cm)
Wool, opal glass, aluminum, steel, fabric cord
- ETL listed
- Color temperature: 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.”
Design is never static. When Copenhagen-based &Tradition was established in 2010, founder Martin Kornbek Hansen's mission was to produce work that was defined by a unique vision, whether it came from Danish legends of the past or young innovators of the future. The roster extends from timeless luminaries such as Verner Panton and Arne Jacobsen to current leading lights Samuel Wilkinson and Norm.Architects to exciting new names Mia Hamborg and Victor Vetterlein. As the company's Kornbek Hansen puts it: "We see a kinship between the old masters, who were avant-garde in their time, and new designers creating the ground-breaking icons of today."
With its library of furniture and lighting extending from the 1930s to the present day, the firm is uniquely positioned to carry on the Nordic tradition of unstinting craftsmanship and adroit use of materials. Nonetheless, &Tradition sees its future in global terms, handpicking design talent and production facilities internationally in an effort to continually produce relevant product and engage a new generation of conscious consumers.