Peter Stathis

The Peter Stathis Story

Peter Stathis earned his BA from Pratt University in New York before moving on to get his BFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1989, he came out to San Francisco and formed the Virtual Studio in order to design high and low tech products, furniture, home accessories and contemporary lighting for numerous companies, including Artecnica, MoMA NY, OXO, Umbra, Humanscale and Pablo. He is so well-versed and passionate about design that he's taught it continuously at the California Academy of Art, RISD and his alma mater, Cranbrook.

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Why We Love Peter Stathis Lighting

On the outside, the modern lamps designed by Peter Stathis are fun and friendly, presented in a way that makes the cutting edge technology within more accessible. And there's another layer to his work. Stathis approaches design from a semantics viewpoint. That is, he insists on designs having established context, or making sure a "form is informed." In other words, there is deeper meaning behind each of his modern lamps and other products, some social commentary that's subtle or explicit (based on that all important outer form).

Noteworthy Lighting From Stathis

Peter Stathis designed the Link collection of contemporary task lamps for Pablo Lighting. These modernizations of classic pantograph lamps include the latest LED technology. That, together with eye-catching colors and smooth adjustability, have earned the Link collection numerous awards and hearty praise. These same qualities--as well as a playfully bulbous, animated form--are what also distinguish the Trapeze LED Table Lamp, designed by Stathis for Light & Contrast as part of Ameico.

In His Own Words

Karim Rashid on Peter Stathis and the semantics mode of design: "I think that semantics was a way to find a new language for design, but Peter's work now has little to do with language and much more to do with experience. The process, from my removed view, is about how a great deal of cultural conditions and issues impact society and everyday life."

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Peter Stathis