We have made no secret of our passion for LED lighting.
Whether it’s their longevity, their sustainability, or their adaptability, LEDs are pretty great; but they can be a bit utilitarian in appearance. At best, most LED bulbs create a light to be enjoyed, but maybe keep the bulb itself out-of-sight.
Enter Tala: the East London start-up, founded by a trio of university friends, dissatisfied by the offerings of the LED market. (The ‘disruptor narrative’ may have already become a cliché of podcast advertising, but Josh, Max and William really are three friends from Hackney who founded a company! Because they wanted to create better things!)
Their goal was to elevate the hard-working LED bulb to something worthy of a feature. Whether drawing on the classic aesthetic of the Edison bulb, or Tom Dixon-inspired pendants, or shafts of sunlight itself, the Tala team transform each into unique pieces that exist at the place where Art and Technology meet.
At the recent launch of their new London headquarters, timed to coincide with the London Design Festival, the pride and pleasure of the team of dedicated designers and marketers, as well as the founders, was fantastic to see. The passion and real love with which they all spoke about their products was inspiring.
But not only do they create beautiful products. Tala earns huge bonus points in our books by having a mind for the total beauty of their products too.
Designed in London, but made in China, Tala has, from its inception, sponsored the planting and maintenance of new growth forests in the UK, the US and now in India. This isn’t just some green-thumbed glad-handing, or even intended to offset the potential pollution caused by those using their products. It’s calculated to cancel out the transportation pollution of those products as well. A responsible as well as a savvy move.
We love it. The quality, the aesthetics, the principles are all there. From a fresh, young company, the products feel mature and well-considered. And while the range isn’t vast, what they have so far is great! And it’s only the beginning.
You don’t have to be in London to check these guys out. Along with their online store, there’s a showroom in Brooklyn, New York now too, and an increasing presence in Paris too.
Keep an eye out for them, or even better: seek them out!