Ta Ta Ta Tamawa

What translates into Japanese as "bead on a ring"? Tamawa it is! This Belgian design brand plays on the beauty of Bakelite beads. Bakelite, an early plastic, was developed in 1907 by Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland and today still worldwide known as billiard balls. Tamawa took the material into a new direction: design objects and accessories.

It was jewellery designer Hubert Verstraeten who downsized the Bakelite balls and started a line of watches, earrings, cuff links and rings. The high-gloss finish and rich palate of vibrant colours served as a perfect base for his idea.

After the jewellery line, Hubert invited designer into the Brussels-based atelier to create small functional design objects. Established names such as Sylvain Willenz, Alain Berteau and Big Game created fun objects ranging from salt & pepper mills to a coat stand and a small side lamp. The next step for Tamawa? A little birdie told the I Love Belgium team about some upcoming international design collaborations.... We can't wait to see the result!

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