Our love for classic design doesn’t stop at lightbulbs. In the spirit of of reinvention and revelry, we converted a vintage Mini Cooper into a White Port & Tonic bar. Its first stop: the highlight at London Design Festival every year, designjunction.
By welding a parasol onto the rooftop of the car, we suspended a cluster of Voronoi bulbs from it, creating a visual reflection of patterns found in the forest canopy - the original inspiration behind their design. As the bulbs swayed and glinted in the open air, carousel-like, they cloaked the bar in a warm glow.
The idea of turning a vintage Mini Cooper into a pop-up bar is a reflection of our product design process. In taking something beautiful and classic and reinventing it with a contemporary twist, we can get closer to it and experience it in a fresh way.
Attraction to light is a basic human instinct, so we are pleased that so many visitors stopped by for a sip and a chat, curious about the display. As our bulbs were dimmed down for the last time on Sunday evening, we looked back on the week with big smiles. Keep an eye out for the Mini Bar rolling up at a design event near you!
Tala & SCP present 'Under the Arches'
Yesterday, Tala & SCP opened the doors of 'Under the Arches', their one day immersive lighting and furniture exhibition taking place at the heart of the Shoreditch Design Triangle and kicking off this week's events at London Design Festival.
This week we are very excited about introducing the Porcelain Collection, the newest addition to our LED bulb assortment. Centered around four distinctive shapes, the matte porcelain series is all about character and charm.
We wanted to create a series of LED bulbs that are as characterful as they are calming. Their playfulness comes from their distinct shapes, each one a little daring and self assured. By looking beyond the exposed filament look through the use of matte porcelain glass, the bulbs softly blend into their environment, creating an ambient atmosphere.Their clean, minimalist design breaks up space and colour, working well with bolder backgrounds. In keeping with hygge vibes, the creamy casing of their delicate shells allow for a calm white light to be emitted, evoking feelings of serenity, warmth and comfort. Cue the pillows.
A light is something you switch on and off as you walk in and out of a room, but we feel it can go beyond this. The atmosphere it creates can inspire and move you. We wonder how these bulbs might make you feel, and if, like they have for us, they might change your perception of what lighting is all about!
Each bulb is hand blown to be uniquely shaped, before whizzing its way to the tinting factory. Their creamy signature look is created through a process called milking (we questioned it too, but really, it’s a thing) - which consists of a powder being sprayed onto the inside of the glass. After going through the standard manufacturing process, each bulb is then sand-blasted before heading to the maturation racks. Once deemed fit, they are sent out into the world, finally prepped for their debut.
From incorporating mirrors to plants and bulbs by the dozen, our designers have been working very hard to create our window installation at Heal’s for the launch - and we hope you get a chance to go and see it! Think floating planets on a velvet sky.
We are really excited about the new additions, mainly because the more beautiful bulbs we create - the more trees we can plant through our Ten Trees programme, making our planet greener every day. Happy days!
Tala love x
Tucked down a little side street away from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam is a beautiful family home where Maria and Faruk live with their two children. A cluster of 24 Voronoi II bulbs greets them as they step inside, illuminating the central staircase that leads up from the living and dining area into the residential quarters. We dropped in to chat to Maria about what home, friendship and furniture mean to her.
Hi Maria! You have a beautiful home. What gave you the confidence to build your dream home from scratch?
We always had the dream to build our own home. Due to the success of my husband’s company we had the opportunity to build the house from the ground up. We’d never attempted anything like it before, so it was definitely a risk. But if you don’t try new things you don’t grow: it’s very much all or nothing. It really was a laborious process and we completely dedicated ourselves to it from start to finish. A good friend of ours, Wilco Welling from Welling Interiors did a lot of the interior design in collaboration with my husband and I. He also had the idea to create a chandelier with the Voronoi light bulbs. Without his help we would never have been able to create the house as it is now. I didn’t want to look at another magazine or moodboard again so all the input from Wilco was a warm welcome!
No doubt! What were your main influences or inspiration?
My husband and I both have fashion backgrounds, so perhaps that has had some influence on the aesthetic we have chosen. We also had the help of Wilco with all his experience as an interior designer. We took quite a practical approach to the project. We like beautiful things but it also it had to be childproof! We were keen to ensure consistency throughout the entire house and so in particular we focused on matching colours and materials. Wilco created moodboards from all kind of materials and colours for inspiration. He showed us many beautiful things which we ended up using. This project was so personal that we wanted to get every little thing right and make sure we were choosing quality that would last long after our kids grow up.
That’s a great way to think about your home. What have you learnt from this experience?
What I’ve learnt is that lifelong friends and family are very important as they help during this kind of process. Working with my childhood friend, Wilco (Welling Interiors), during the build helped us so much, as he brought his experience with contractors and of course the interior design itself. I really would recommend anyone who wants to build a house to work with experienced professionals! If you do it yourself it becomes a full time job. Now the house is our sanctuary; here we pull the plug and enjoy it.
Hartelijk bedankt, Maria!
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Throughout their thousand-year lifespans, trees never truly stop working on improving the environment. We think it’s pretty cool of them to produce all that oxygen and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. As humans we benefit so much from trees; our lives literally depend on them!
Sadly, frequent forest fires and deforestation present ever bigger risks to the ecosystem. That’s why our Ten Trees programme is so important to us. In partnership with the National Forest Foundation, we plant trees in areas of the United States where reforestation addresses the greatest ecological need.
Our first contribution has gone towards the Bailey Butte fire reforestation in the Ochoco National Forest in Oregon. Encompassing 850,000 acres of sprawling forest, canyons and rimrock, the Ochoco National Forest in Central Oregon is a unique National Forest. Dry conditions combined with a natural lightning strike ignited the Bailey Butte Fire in the Summer of 2014. By the time the fire was extinguished, more than 10,000 acres were burned. Following the fire, the U.S. Forest Service initiated an aggressive reforestation effort. Since the fire, the NFF has been hard at work to re-forest the area with 268,000 native trees. Once planted, these young seedlings will help stabilise eroding hill sides and provide habitat for native wildlife.