“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 glass.
SkLO produces two collections: LIT is lighting featuring handblown glass, and OBJECT is handblown glass accessories.
SkLO also provides contract sales and custom works and installations.
The idea of Craft is our focus. Our philosophy celebrates old traditions, but our emphasis is on design and process over form or decoration. Our designs show restraint, to achieve the simplest expression of the idea, but without sacrificing our most important consideration in all we do – beauty.
SkLO is a design and manufacturing company with locations in both California (SkLO US) and the Czech Republic (SkLO EU).
SkLO US is the creative heart of SkLO, where design development and prototyping happen. SkLO US serves the Americas.
SkLO EU is the center of Czech glass production and distribution. SkLO EU serves Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
SkLO was founded in 2009 by husband and wife design team Karen Gilbert and Paul Pavlak, and brothers Pavel and Petr Hanousek.
The SkLO collections 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 SkLO collections. In her work leading the product design and prototyping of the SkLO 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 SkLO collections, providing technical documentation and careful attention to detail. Paul also provides the vision for the graphic design and look of the SkLO brand.
There is an undeniable primal power in the craft of glassblowing. It is at once completely elemental and brutal in its simplicity; magnificent heat used to make molten the very stuff of the earth. At the same time, it is magical; effortless manipulation of liquid glass by the masters of the craft, making use of centuries of skill passed down through the generations.
Rather than showcase skill in technique and decoration, SkLO seeks to express the importance of the process itself. In doing so, we strive for subtlety, restraint, and beauty.
The idea of Craft is our focus. Czech glassblowing is one of the great historical craft traditions of the world. The unrivaled quality of Czech glass is a reflection of the long history and tradition behind it.
At the same time, SkLO is a reflection of our point of view as designers, brought to this Craft, to this material.
Our goal is to express the fact that our work is handmade, that it is the result of an ancient Craft still practiced today by some of the best artisans in the world. We embrace the inherent imperfection and irregularity in the process we seek to embody in our designs.