Tala’s shapely LED lightbulbs have been making things a little brighter since the company launched in London in 2015. Eight years and over a dozen collections later, the brand now operates from its global headquarters - a beautifully converted warehouse - in the UK capital and has expanded its reach with its products available for purchase across the US and Europe. It also has a new showroom in Shoreditch, a vibrant and creative neighborhood in East London, which opened its doors in September.
Tala came about when three university friends, Josh Ward, Max Wood and William Symington, set out to create a product that was functional, striking and mindful of sustainability. “In 2013 we were working on renewable-energy projects and it was there that the idea for Tala was born. We were installing solar panels on a hospitality project in Portugal and we saw that the LED bulbs that the architects had specified looked cold and unappealing and didn’t fit the aesthetic of the heritage buildings,” says Ward from Tala’s in-house R&D lab, where shapes, materials and dimmability are constantly being refined. “That triggered months of research while we were working odd jobs, and we finally launched Tala in 2015.”