The newest addition to our growing team is Harry, our Exhibition and Retail Design Coordinator. In this blog he gives a run down of his first week, his initial thoughts and a sneak peek into the non-stop world of the Tala team. Now, over to Harry...
As first weeks go in a new job at a new company, I can safely say starting as exhibition designer at Tala has truly exceeded all expectations with an extremely positive perspective. Tala is an extraordinarily forwarding thinking company with sustainability at the route of its purpose. This is what excites me the most about working here; to be directly involved with a company successfully attempting to impact climate issues globally.
Over the past two weeks you may have noticed forest fires headlining the news. Particularly land, homes, and lives in Northern California, Portugal, and Spain have been devastated. Although the ignition of these fires is often attributed to human activity (eg. the ol’ flick of the cigarette butt on the ground), evidence suggests that climate change has been increasing the length of the fire season, the size of the area burned each year and the number of wildfires. With greenhouse gas emissions warming the atmosphere, forested-regions are becoming warmer and drier, the perfect recipe for uncontrolled fire. These fires are a huge threat to biodiversity. Not only are huge areas of natural habitat wiped out, but the land left behind becomes at risk of erosion and the water streams at risk of ash-pollution. We believe in a collective responsibility to mitigate these impacts of climate change and conserve our planet for future generations.
As part of our Ten Trees program, we are working with the National Forest Foundation in the US to reforest woodland fire-affected areas with native tree species. Luckily there are incredibly brave fire-fighters working tirelessly to contain the spreading flames. We had the opportunity to speak to one of them, Lina Montopolis, who fights wildland fires with the US Forest Services. She gave us a little insight into her day-to-day bad-ass-ness.
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.
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.