Belgium design company Tamawa will launch Ray pendant light by Sylvain Willenz next week in Milan. Ray investigates the common use and typology of Tubular lighting (TL), a light source which is usually found in crude and low-tech designs for non-domestic situations. Ray makes use of Tamawa’s specialized production techniques, expertise and understanding of Bakelite balls, consequently creating a domestic lighting fixture with a refined technical solution, an original and colourful alternative to common TL connectors.
Tamawa from now on will be distributed by Skitsch in Milan, and shortly in the italian brand’s new showroom in London. Following in the footsteps of Bon Marché (Paris), Skitsch’s artistic director, Cristina Morozzi, has endorsed the minimal and fun design of the Belgian editor who has made the Bakelite bead its unique material. The range of accessories and objects for the home based on the coloured sphere is therefore headed for international distribution whilst waiting for the next collection in September 2011.
Whilst waiting for the arrival of the young Belgian designer this October at Bon Marché’s Galerie Imaginaire, Tamawa will be making an appearance at the Maison & Objet Show in Paris with a collection which has been diversified by the addition of a new watch to the accessory and jewellery range. Playing definitively on the purity and simplicity of Bakelite beads, Hubert Verstraeten, the artistic director of the brand, is proposing a brand new watch model larger than the previous one. Called the TW35 40, it is made entirely in Europe. The face, made up from a 35 mm bead is available in the brand’s usual colours. The interior of the watch face is available in silver and black, just like the hands, thus permitting many combinations with the 8 Bakelite colours.
Bakelite is back with young Belgian producer Tamawa showing at the Maison & Objet fair with two new pieces: ‘Lock’ coat stand designed by Sylvain Willenz and ‘Nevroz’, a project by French artist Yann Lestrat – an unidentifiable squared circle object typically Surrealist in a Belgian manner. Both pieces expand the use of Bakelite into the home, around the ongoing success of Tamawa’s accessories and jewellery collection – on display at Maison & Objet Now ! Hall 7 Stand J2 from 22nd to 26th January 2010
Tamawa is a radical style exercise that uses bakelite spheres as a mono material. It is a design story that takes up there where the seminal ‘Hang it all’ by Charles & Ray Eames lifted off in the 50s: coloured balls (the official snooker colour line-up) varying from 112mm to 16 cm in diameter. This is the framed vocabulary that designer Hubert Verstraeten has used to create a range of objects in unlimited conception. After bead jewellery and bodywear, the collection has moved on to accessories and homeware in collaboration with the Big Game collective, to be exhibited this September at the Maison & Objet fair.