Tala: Voronoi III

Trend report on Tala's Voronoi III written for Wabi Sabi: Store + Studio project.


"elevating the humble light bulb to a design object
" - Tala

The name for the Voronoi collection comes from a term that describes a pattern found in nature, often seen in cracked mud, foamy bubbles and giraffe skin. “Taking inspiration from the intricate patterns found in nature, the Tala design team created our signature Voronoi range to push the design of the light bulb to its limits.” (Tala, n.d.) In order to create the shape and mould for the mouth-blown sculpture, “the designers began by 3D-printing a series of Voronoi structures in resin, before smoothing down sharp lines to give the impression of natural erosion” (Morby, 2017). Each of the lamps are made by hand: the glass is mouth-blown and shaped in a mould, and the filaments are hand assembled. Tala states that “no one bulb is the same”, giving them a truly unique and characterful final product.

As a company, Tala have a passion for sustainability and hope that their beautiful LED design will encourage people to transition from incandescent lamps to something more energy efficient - “Tala’s light bulbs use up to 90% less energy than an equivalent incandescent bulb and will last 10 to 15 times longer” (Hobson, 2018). They have also partnered with organisations such as WeForest, the Heart of England Forest, and the National Forest Foundation in order to work on the protection and restoration of forests. 

“The largest sculptural bulb ever made, the Voronoi III is an engineering feat and statement design piece in its own right.” (Tala, n.d.)

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