“Sklo” is the Czech word for “glass”. The heart of all the SkLO collections is handblown glass, and we work exclusively within the Czech glassblowing tradition to produce our products.
SkLO offers two collections: LIT (lighting), and OBJECT (accessories); both of which are designed by SkLO partners, Karen Gilbert and Paul Pavlak.
Karen is an acclaimed craft artist and metalsmith who has always integrated glass into her work. As a design director at SkLO, Karen brings her intuitive understanding of craft and making. Her hands-on nature and her technical skills as a craft artist provide the vision behind the collections. In her work leading the product design and prototyping of the collections, her process ranges from drawing to fabrication. Karen was trained in metalsmithing and glassworking at the California College of Art and Pilchuck Glass School. As an artist, she draws her inspiration from the unique languages and forms of the natural and man-made worlds and seeks out the unexpected.
Paul is a trained and practicing architect, and he brings an architect’s sense of design to his work as a design director at SkLO. For Paul, architecture, product design, graphic design, lighting design, and web design are all extensions of the same idea. His design philosophy is about the honesty of materials, expression of process, and simplicity. At SkLO, collaborating with his wife and fellow SkLO design director, Karen Gilbert, he works to refine and edit the many ideas that go into the collections, providing technical documentation and careful attention to detail. Paul also provides the vision for the graphic design and look of the brand.
SkLO also provides contract sales and custom works and installations.
The idea of Craft is our focus at SkLO. Our philosophy celebrates old traditions, but our emphasis is on design and process over form or decoration. Our work show restraint, to achieve the simplest expression of the idea, but without sacrificing our most important consideration in all we do – beauty.