San Francisco design company Pablo’s latest creation came from an exercise in playful experimentation. The idea was born after designers fooled around with intersecting cardboard tubes and thought about the geometric relationships between them. “We were thinking about interesting ways the tubes might position a light source,” says designer John August. “The subtle changes in angle created corresponding changes in attitude and persona, and finally the solution emerged.”

The result is a petite desk lamp called Giraffa, a versatile design good for desktops, nightstands or cozy reading nooks. Its 360-degree rotating shade and angled post provide multiple lighting possibilities — from dim ambient mood lighting to bright, direct beam. The lamp, which comes in three colors (brushed copper; black; and glossy white lacquer; $249-$269), debuted during New York Design Week in May and hits stores this month.

San Francisco Chronicle

September 2016