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Designer Spotlight: Peter Stathis and Matthew Boyko

Written by Nicole Gratson

The design duo behind the Superlight for Pablo

Having successfully earned over 35 international awards since 2014, including the prestigious Best of Year Award for Interior Design Magazine and the covetous Red Hot Design Award, Peter Stathis has inimitably cultivated an illustrious career that remains immersed in social and cultural nuances of objects, as well as functionally aesthetic pieces. Effectually reaching a lifetime goal of designing light fixtures steeped in cutting-edge technology and seamlessly integrated with the indelibly decorative, Stathis continues to foster meaningful relationships through the mass production appeal of the modern home furnishings industry.

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A graduate of Rhode Island’s School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art, Matthew Boyko kicked off his design career as a mainstream model maker, eventually catapulting him into the industrial design sphere. A passion for working with his hands, Boyko embraces the indispensable efficiency and undeniable brevity from the advent of digital tools, while his love of “old-school” design has remained unwavering. Having worked extensively in Los Angeles, New York City, and currently San Francisco, Boyko’s work has been showcased in design exhibitions at both San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Boyko is the founder of Society Creative, a boutique firm of emerging designers who create design programs for Fortune 500 companies.

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Interestingly, Pablo’s founder Pablo Pardo began his career as a designer, thus privy to the necessary “back-and-forth” collaboration that is so prevalent amongst designers, specifically in regards to producing unforgettable recreations assimilated with intuitive technology. Upon conceiving the ideation of developing and designing a task light that addressed the evolution of workplace patterns, while providing a utilitarian fixture that featured an eminent degree of flexibility, functionality, and instinctive light control, Peter Stathis presented the prototype of Superlight to Pardo. Aggressively beginning the production phase to bring the Superlight to market, Boyko was recruited and the tireless trio was born.

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Based in San Francisco, Pablo is revered for their revolutionary mastery of integrating form with function. Their latest lighting innovation, befittingly named the Superlight and co-engineered by Peter Stathis and Matthew Boyko, boasts a near weightless mechanism, combined with a focused task illumination utilizing a glare-free LED light source. Here you have a fluid fixture replete with intuitive user control, stability, and simplicity that offers advanced LED technology and “high-tech” functionality. A hybrid between a visually-appealing accessory and a consumer electronic, the Superlight suggests a contemporary symbiosis of form, function, and continuous LED developments, including kinetic flair and superior adaptability.

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