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The Muse Solid Brass

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Taking inspiration from museum plinths and specimen jars, The Muse was designed to exhibit the bulb within a classic lantern-style casing. The form references traditional gas lanterns, and the dimmer dial and handle were rendered to create a familiar and intuitive experience. The cast solid brass finish was introduced to make it feel weighty and luxurious. By reducing componentry and baking in key assembly points into tooled parts, the lamp was made for repair over time with easily replaceable parts, including bulb, battery and glass. It was also designed to achieve an IP44 rating so it can be used in various settings, including outdoors.


Dan Carpenter is the Senior Designer at Tala and has spent the past five years expanding the brand’s range of light fixtures and luminaires. Dan has a particular interest in biophilic design and repairability.