Design Daily: Circa Lighting from Pablo


It takes a clever mind to integrate utilitarian USB outlets into a slim, minimalist lamp design and still make it look good—which is why I’m so glad that the creative team at Pablo met the challenge with its new Circa collection, which I previewed at ICFF and which launches this fall.

Functionality is at the heart of the newest design from the San Francisco-based design firm (which was founded by Pablo Pardo in 1993), and as you can tell from the varied iterations of the disc-shaped Circa, there are gradations of how much heavy lifting you want your lighting to do. Each version features a glowing LED disc that can swivel on its central axis to create directed task lighting and some of the designs, such as the pendants. But other styles, such as the wall sconces, table and floor lamps, also feature handy USB ports for plugging in and charging your media device.

I especially love the floor lamp with a small, built-in holder that’s just big enough for your smartphone or tablet. It’s a super Mod take on the midcentury table lamps you can find at every consignment store on the block, but it also means that when you want to charge your device within easy reach of your armchair or sofa, you won’t have to crawl behind the furniture to plug it in. (Incidentally, that’s my go-to method for deciding to deep clean my apartment, which I would love to avoid.) Genius. 

Expect to see the Circa collection available through the Pablo store this fall. 


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