Designers in profile: Max Pardo & Lucas Colombo – Founders of Sky Style

Name: Max Pardo / Lucas Colombo
Company: SkyStyle
Position within company: Founders

Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc).

Max Pardo: Civil Engineer. Worked on several architectural projects. Shifted to aviation in 2004. Worked on more than 500 hundred aviation projects, including visualization, design support and applications development. Owner of a Visualization Studio focused on Private Aviation, Boating and Architecture. Co-Founder of SkyStyle advanced aviation design studio.

Lucas Colombo: Designer. Graduated in Italy. Started as Designer in Mercedes Benz and became Design Team Leader. Worked on 24 Projects in Mercedes Benz, mostly interior design, concept cars and production vehicles. Now runs his own Design Studio. Co-Founder of SkyStyle advanced aviation design studio

What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?

Design is not just moving, but mostly evolving. It goes towards respect for Nature and Simplicity. Not an easy task, nor a short path to follow. Design is lifting the bar faster than ever before.

Our motto is: “If it’s ok, it’s not ok. If it is awesome, it’s ok”

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2018 and beyond.

– Lightness (either for Transportation Design or not), because it implies “reduction”.
– Solutions must be sense-full first of all. Design must be justified everywhere.
– New concepts development
– Explore the use of new materials wherever is possible.
– Seek for the “WOW” effect. Customers are more sophisticated thus demanding.

Where do you feel aviation design is going in terms of schemes?

We believe that aviation design, as almost, if not all design branches, will inevitably follow technological revolution. New intelligent materials. Lightning and sound systems. Hardware and energy consumption, will be reduced more and more

What projects are you currently working on?

– Electric City Car
– Electric Formula Show Car
– Furniture Design
– Virtual Reality and Design integration

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?

Always innovate. Every Design process, which does not bring something new, is a wasted opportunity.

What products/services could you not live without when designing?

Hi end Renderings
Virtual Reality
Imac 27
Wacom tablet

How important are The International Yacht and Aviation Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?

Top Level! Great for recognition and exposure. Some of the most important Firms/Designers participate

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

Many new Design challenges. Mostly start producing SkyStyle’s “Concept Bliss”

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself:

Your favourite place to travel to in the world?
Max: Villa la Angostura, Argentina
Lucas: Italy

Your most treasured possession?
Max: my Family
Lucas: my professional experience

Your favourite hotel, restaurant and bar?
I like a variety, I do not have a particularly favourite hotel, resturant or bar.

Hotel – Villa d’Este, lake Como.
Restaurant – “Crotto dei Platani” Lake Como.
Bar – Cervario, Cordoba. Argentina

Your favourite food and drink?
Max: Salmon
Lucas: Thai gourmet

The place that enables you to totally relax?
Max: Villa la Angostura, Argentina
Lucas: Nono, Cordoba, Argentina

The place that gives you most inspiration?
Max: The mountain
Lucas: Driving alone, while traveling

Anything final thoughts?
Regarding Design, size is irrelevant. Proportion is vital