Pablo Designs has been propelled to the forefront of American contemporary lighting by an uncompromising devotion to simplicity and utility. By fusing the highest technical sensibilities with the most appropriate material palette, Pablo is able to create unique, timeless designs with the power to transform any environment.

Pablo was founded in San Francisco in 1993 by Venezuelan-born industrial designer Pablo Pardo. Embracing a “less-is-more” ideology, Pablo frequently challenges traditional design metaphors, developing more practical solutions distilled down to their essence, form and light. A common thread links all of its creations, valuing permanence and sustainability, discarding the disposable mind set so prevalent today. Its mission is to create designs that deepen the relationship between the object, its user and environment, to ultimately provide a lifetime of illumination.

“We want to create transformative experiences that people remember.” — Justin Champaign, Pablo Studio design director.

The Pablo Studio is a small group of makers and inventors with a diverse background in industrial design and craft, and a deep understanding of manufacturing, materials and technology. They aim to foster a sense of discovery and deeply personal utility in people’s interaction with objects.

In beginning a new project, the team isolates a concept, meticulously refines it, and then reduces it to its central principle. Throughout this process the designers allow themselves to discover and freely explore new ideas, but the measure of each new modification or enhancement is its conceptual necessity. The studio requires each design element to contribute to the essence of an object, following the Pablo philosophy of “less is more.” Pablo Pardo and Justin Champaign work together to guide the studio’s thinking into products that offer people unique experiences and broaden the field of lighting design.