Mawa Design was founded in 1977 by Martin Wallroth. In the company, which was based in Kreuzberg at the time, he developed and produced objects for the home. In the following years, the one-man business expanded and established itself as a professional company. During this time, Mawa Design designs often took on a pioneering role for formative ideas in the field of product design. To this day, the unusual combination of design office and manufacture contributes significantly to the company’s success.
The eighties made understanding and interest in design popular. Mawa Design therefore broke new ground. In cooperation with external designers, product ideas for everyday life could be created and quickly implemented thanks to the flexible structure of the company. The product range finds its customers mainly in the upmarket retail trade.
In addition to the standard product range of the manufactory, special designs according to individual specifications can of course also be realised. For example, lamps have been produced for the Federal Chancellery, the Ministry of Economics, the Corbusier House, the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin and the Luther House in Wittenberg. Renowned companies such as BMW, Daimler Benz, Jil Sander, Hotel Bleibtreu, KaDeWe, Sony or The Conran Shop work with Mawa Design when it comes to first-class lighting. Mawa products, which are characterised by high-quality materials and excellent workmanship, have found their way into important collections of museums all over the world.
In 1997, a change of scenery was on the agenda for the company: the move from Berlin to Langerwisch near Potsdam. The Palmhof, which has been completely renovated and is a listed building, now offers enough space for all of the manufactory’s work areas and, despite its tranquil location in the countryside, is very easy to get to, so that the cities of Berlin and Potsdam can be reached within a short time. After Mawa Design was personally presented with an award for its “Lamps made in Brandenburg” product line by Prime Minister Stolpe at the Brandenburg Design Award ceremony in autumn 2001, Mawa Design once again attracted attention with an interesting exhibition at the end of the year. In the rooms of the renowned Berlin furniture store “Modus”, architect Axel Schultes opened the exhibition “Three Berlin Lamps” in December 2001 in front of an expert audience. Here, in addition to the floor lamps “schliephacke” and “ssymmank”, which have already become classics, the pendant lamp “havanna” was presented. This opal glass luminaire was designed by Prof. Dr. Braun-Feldweg in 1959 and included in the Mawa Design luminaire range as a re-edition. At the same time, “Die Havanna von Braun-Feldweg” by Dr. Th. Heyden was published by Verlag Form in the Design Classics series.