In recent years, Strala has created a unique collection of furniture design that is independent of short-lived trends and constraining norms. The objects are acknowledged and appreciated as timeless, precise and attractive works of art and use. This is Strala’s DNA.
Was born in 1974 in Zurich. He finished his studies of architecture at the ETH in 2001 with distinction. Since 2002 Tom has his own studio and soon afterwards his own exhibition space in the Zürcher Seefeld.
Afterwards, exhibitions were held in prestigious museums, galleries, universities and juridical mandates as well as lectures at the ETH in Zurich, or at the CCA (California College of the Arts) in San Francisco. Strala realized projects for star architects such as Zaha Hadid, Sir Norman Foster, Mario Botta, David Chipperfield and Duke de Meuron, winning the best furniture among other honors such as “Europes Luminaire of the Year” and “AD Choice”.
In the meantime, Strala is regarded as a pioneer of design, which questions established values and generates new ones.
Our passion for awakened thoughts, the joy of research and the fascination for the essence of matter are the driving force behind the emergence of our objects. The spirit of Tom Strala is that of a seeker who is constantly challenged to get closer to the cause of the substance and to understand what is hidden behind the curtain. Strala pursues the scent of an intriguing idea, not to kill her, but to breathe life into her.
Today we have our Atelier in the historical famouse”Werkbundsiedlung Neubuhl”.
Where different worlds collide, the frictional forces that we create through our object art & amp; Furniture materialize. Because precisely there, the thought is no longer black or white – it is completely free of values. For a fraction of a moment, there is that immediacy which contains neither knowledge nor meaning, and is therefore more sensuous than anything else in the world.
Strala was founded in 2001. The first luminaire series was developed during four years of passionate research. Since 2008, Strala has been organized as a stock company and is continuously intensifying the local and international activities within the arts and architecture. In the meantime, he is regarded as a pioneer of design, which questions established values and generates new ones.
The light TMS was the first object we did and is made out of one metal sheet by hand. It was different to everything else we knew until this day and got displayed in newspapers like the New York Times. Meanwhile the series TMS is a classic and is traded as vertus in auctions and international design galleries. In 2006 it was awarded the European Luminaire of the Year.