The Muse Portable Table Lamp
There are movable indoor-outdoor lamps and then there is The Muse, a collaboration between London lighting brand Tala and British paint experts Farrow & Ball. An updated lantern, it has a cordless long-life battery, dim to warm LED technology and custom integrated dimmer and USB charger. Robust construction in borosilicate glass, aluminum and solid brass makes the portable light weatherproof, even in the notorious English climate, and each part is sustainably designed to be replaceable including the bulb and battery pack.
Yet enduring and sophisticated color is The Muse's calling card: Hackles, a blue-black inspired by a raven's feathers; Pleasure Garden, a silvery green-grey; or Candlenut, an understated off-white. Farrow & Ball's creative head Charlotte Crosby says of the 3 select hues, "These colors have been designed to stand the test of time and to feel instantly at home wherever you set them down.”
13.3" h x 4.9" dia (33.8x12.5cm)
Powder-coated aluminum, glass, brass
- ETL Listed
- Color temperature: 2000-2800K
"We are focused on the idea that good design can help mitigate climate change." says Tala co-founder Joshua Ward, describing his company's mission to be commercially successful while having a positive impact on the environment. The British lighting brand now based in east London was founded by Ward, Maxwell Wood and William Symington while they were studying at the University of Edinburgh. The company’s low-energy LED versions recreate the warm glow of traditional incandescent bulbs with the look and feel of the originals as well as strikingly oversized versions.
“Being LED, the bulbs last 10 to 15 times longer, so they're no longer disposable items," says design director Joe Armitage. With that notion, Tala has also unveiled design-statement bulbs like its Porcelain collection with a matte opal finish and Voronoi’s sculptural, mouth-blown shapes. The company also offers curated single-bulb and pendant combination fixtures and timeless table lamps featuring its bulbs. Tala’s wares are oft-seen in bars, restaurants and hotels around the world, with clients including Soho House and The Hoxton hotels.