David Abad’s dexterity with gathering light may make you greedy for more when you’re planning to specify the Ilde Max pendant for a project—why go for just 7 lamps when you can splurge and have 13 or 19 fastened together in one place? The metallic lamp base and ring encircling the sleekly gathered cables comes in matte chrome (with red or black fabric cords) or bronze with a black fabric cord. The fixture is also available in an oak version for a more natural feel. The length of the cable can be varied upon request and the light source is incandescent.
- Product Name
- Ilde Max Pendant
- Red or Black
- Cord Length
- 6 Feet
- Light Source
Medium A-1513 x 60 Watt
- cUL Certified
Download product specification sheet for a full list of available size and lamping options
- B.lux IldeMax Pendant Bronze
- B.lux IldeMax Pendant Chrome
- B.lux IldeMax Pendant Oak
David Abad is no stranger to the award podium: the list of his acknowledgements include the Red Dot, Design Plus, IF Design, Good Design and Design Preis. In 1996, he founded DAB, a company based upon the premise that fewer things of higher quality make a space feel more refined than a glut of accoutrements. The designer’s current collaboration with Basque manufacturer B.lux has brought him further international acclaim, and we at Global Lighting can’t get enough of his highly refined products or his particular talent for aesthetically sophisticated architectural solutions for the T5 bulb. You can bet he will be leading the way with cutting-edge solutions for the LED as the lamping becomes the norm. It’s no wonder Abad knows how to think like a technician given he’s educated as an engineer and spent years experimenting with technology and his own ideas in the metal factory his father founded.
“I’m curious and I like to experiment with materials,” he says. “I’m not afraid of any material.” Proof of this is the wide variety of composites and natural elements in his portfolio. As he’s working with these, he’s spatially envisioning the architecture in which his lights will be placed—the spaces they will illuminate leading him along. Just 28 years old when he debuted his first collection to acclaim at Habitat Valencia in the mid-1990s, he notes his approach is simply to meld his sensibilities as an artist with his knowledge as an engineer. Those of us who are inspired by his lighting can be thankful he has experimented with design since he was a child. “I love aesthetics,” he states. “I love surfaces, materials and well-made things.”
When Thomas Edison created the first electric light bulb, he illuminated the world of design and made it possible for a growing industry to reinvent the norm. David Abad’s Ilde Max is one such reinvention, a benefactor of Edison’s verve for experimentation with panache in its DNA. Instead of one light bulb dangling demurely, the belted fixture can be ordered with 7, 13 or 19 luminous globes cinched at its proverbial waist. Like those runway ensembles with that little “extra something” to thrill, the Ilde Max surpasses convention—think the flirty flared skirts of Oscar de la Renta or Diane von Furstenberg’s talent for designing that perfect drop-waist strapless number.
I personally love the red cords but as a conscientious fashion stylist, I’d have the version in black on the ready in the event the vibe of a room needed to segue from sexy to chic. The pendants are standard in a surprisingly long six feet but the cords can be varied in the event you need a longer formal flair or a shorter length to set a kickier tone. I find the Ilde Max pendant’s design to be very clever and whimsical, just like that killer piece of jewelry I know will take an outfit I’m styling from cool to crazy beautiful.