Most people buy lighting based on its looks. And it was this realization that led Joshua Ward, Maxwell Wood and William Symington to establish Tala.
Formerly classmates at the University of Edinburgh, the trio saw potential in the unimaginative LED lighting available in the market.
LED lighting options have a wealth of advantages over other lighting types. LED lighting is energy efficient and lasts significantly longer - two factors that make them better for the environment. However, Ward, Wood and Symington realized that the lack of options in LED lighting was making it harder for it to be adopted widely.
At Tala, the group got to designing and launched their initial collection in 2015. The first collection consisted of Edison bulbs redesigned with LED technology. The bulbs were retrofittable and had dimming capabilities. And these details made it easy for anyone to switch out their existing bulbs with Tala's LED bulbs. This thoughtful approach to design has continued through Tala's future collections as well.
Tala’s product range currently includes a large variety of light bulbs, lamps, pendant and ceiling lights. The designs are contemporary, and look stunning in every setting. A series of bulbs by the name Voronoi take on asymmetrical organic shapes. These large mouth-blown bulbs use spiraling LED filaments, and their shapes are derived from the Fibonacci sequence. Combine it with any of Tala’s pendant fixtures, and the Voronoi bulbs turn into a statement piece of decor. The playful shapes of the Porcelain, Sphere, Oval, Oblo, Noma, and Enno bulbs make them pleasing to the eye. These matte glass bulbs are perfect companions for exposed lighting and lamps. From a subtle look in a contemporary home to the star of an industrial restaurant, they conquer them all.
Every product in Tala's collection is an example of their ‘design first’ approach. The Alumina Table Lamp looks like a simplified modern version of a vintage camera. Its minimal design makes it look equally good on the table or on a wall. Made with powder coated lightweight aluminum, the lamp has a clean aesthetic. Along with the bulb, the only other visible element is a knob, which can be rotated to dim the light. The pastel styling of the Alumina lamp, meanwhile, contrasts with the sophisticated look of the Knuckle Table lamp. With a bulb supported by a cylindrical piece of solid oak on a brass-finished base, the Knuckle Lamp resembles an oversized candle. The classy look of this lamp makes it a great accessory in any room.
Ward, Wood and Symington's passion for eco-consciousness is what led them to LED lighting. Staying true to this, they try to reduce the impact their products have on the environment. A tree planting initiative by Tala works to offset the carbon footprint of their lighting manufacture and transport. The brand has also adopted eco friendly packaging for their products. With these initiatives, Tala makes it easier to choose solutions that benefit the planet, while also benefiting from beautifully made, long-lasting products.
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