Venezuelan-born industrial designer Pablo Pardo has defined his career by creating contemporary, sparse, utilitarian lighting that fosters harmonious relationships between people and their environments. In doing so, he has forged a method of design that strives to uncover the essence of an idea while always championing the user experience. Concepts laid bare, his objects speak a universal language. Since establishing Pablo Designs in San Francisco in 1993, Pardo’s studio has gained international recognition for its innovative lighting and home furnishings. Many of Pardo's works have garnered both national and international awards including Best Lighting at NY's International Contemporary Fair ICFF, Best of Competition at Chicago's Neocon Fair, Best of the Year Winner in Interior Design, the Red Dot Award, and the German Design Award among others. He also has works in San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art Permanent Collection.
He has established enduring collaborations with designers who share his studio's vision, believing that diverse ideas and perspectives inform a higher sense of purpose. Pardo attributes his early passion for design to his upbringing, which he spent surrounded by a family of artists and engineers. Having combined traits from each sphere, he’s shaped a unique creative process upon which his studio thrives.
A 1986 graduate from the University of Cincinnati's renowned industrial design program, Pardo’s diverse career includes designing children's roller skates for Fisher Price to creating automobile concept designs for Chrysler.