(UK) – Tala teams up with Distributed Design Market Platform for London Design Festival.
DDMP and Tala will work with up to ten emerging designers, makers or enthusiasts as part of the Distributed Design Challenge 2018, to create lighting fixtures that can be manufactured anywhere in the world, using accessible digital manufacturing techniques.
The Distributed Design Challenge 2018 is a progressive initiative that aims to celebrate and support the rise of distributed design, through an exhilarating five days of experimentation, prototyping and production.
This competition is the first phase in a four year EU funded project. The four best designs will be promoted by the Distributed Design EU platform, and awarded a one month residency at Machines Room, London’s first Fab Lab, in order to finalise their design.
Using Tala’s sustainable, LED lamps as inspiration, the makers will go from design concept to exhibition within one week, and the results will be displayed at Tala’s new global headquarters located at 25b Vyner Street, during London Design Festival.
As a refurbishment project, Tala Studios is inherently sustainable. With a refined and minimalist material and colour palette – including exposed brick walls, large crittall-style windows, reclaimed pinewood floors and original steel columns – that pay homage to the building’s industrial heritage, the space is synonymous with Tala’s founding promise of ‘Conservation Through Beauty’.
The fit-out has been led by Tala’s in-house design team whose brief was to design a multi-functional space with collaboration and wellness at its core. The layout is divided between the varying styles of the departments, with a focus on nexus points between teams and flexible layouts for events and workshops.
With an office, showroom, break-out spaces, balcony terrace, design studio and engineering lab, the design intent was to create both an enriching environment for Tala employees and a destination showroom for the design community. A key design feature of the space is the state-of-the-art engineering lab which allows Tala to carry out research
and testing in-house for the first time.