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Colours, surfaces and materials

mawa’s luminaires are manufactured with special emphasis on the feel of the surfaces. It could be pointed out that the housings are more about aesthetics than haptics because they are usually hung under the ceiling and are only looked at but not touched. This is indeed true, but mawa’s luminaire series are modular. So, the same housing components are used as ceiling, wall, floor, and table lights. In other words, within sight as well as within reach. Moreover, we and many of our users are convinced that quality that you can feel, also has an effect over distance.

What exactly distinguishes the surfaces? In the production of aluminium housings, mawa uses CNC technology to ensure that edges are precisely fitted and radii are homogeneously bent or milled. In this way, mawa creates perfectly shaped geometries as the basis for the subsequent surface finishing.

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Powder coating available in all colours

The coloured surfaces of the aluminium housings are electrostatically powder-coated without environmentally harmful solvents, so to say emission-free painted. Of course, we pay attention to constant paint layer thicknesses on the surfaces, in the edge areas and in the corners. The result is high-quality, permanently elastic, scratch-, impact- and corrosion-resistant surfaces. The variety of colours is unlimited. All RAL colours, DB and NCS colours are available on request.

Standard and special colours at mawa

White matt (RAL 9016)

The RAL colour 9016 is also called “traffic white”. It has a subtle grey nuance compared to the “pure white” colour 9010. It is therefore felt to be cooler and fresher. The colour corresponds with sockets, light switches, door and window frames, which in modern, rather puristic rooms are also oriented towards 9016, often in a matt finish.

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Black matt (RAL 9005)

The colour black has many facets. At mawa, luminaires are available in RAL tone 9005, known as “jet black”. It has a very low gloss level that refines the surfaces to a velvet matt. At the same time, it increases the absorption effect in the case of unwanted light reflections.


Red, Blue, Beige, Grey 

Red and blue set cool and expressive accents in the room, beige and grey are more discreet. In 2019, mawa has added these four colours as new standard colours. The colours have a connection to classic modernism, as do mawa’s luminaires, which are clearly influenced by this important era for architecture and design.

Photo: Leon Kopplow
Photo: Leon Kopplow

Stainless steel-like and medium bronze

Anodised surfaces can be convincingly imitated with our special “mawa Eloxal” powder coating. This is more homogeneous than the absorption process. It is also one hundred percent repeatable in terms of colour and appearance.


The colour “mawa industrial” stands for classy industrial charm. A black-transparent double coating lets traces of processing shine through and makes the edges stand out even more. Like organza, it surrounds the precisely crafted housings with an iridescent aura.

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Raw aluminium

If coating is dispensed with, even more loft atmosphere is created.
On request, mawa can produce luminaires in raw aluminium with a customer-defined grinding pattern. We will be delighted to inform you on request which luminaires are suitable for this.

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Chrome, Brass, Bronze, Copper

mawa offers some luminaires and spotlights with glossy surfaces in chrome, brass, burnished brass or copper as standard. For the coating, the aluminium housings are electrostatically powder-coated without using environmentally harmful solvents. This is similar to the coloured surfaces.



For the re-editions of classic modernism, mawa uses mouth-blown glass. Several of the pendant lamps by Aloys F. Gangkofner and Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg are very elaborately handmade using the triplex process. They consist of three layers of glass, with two outer layers of crystal glass enclosing an inner layer of opal glass. This gives the luminaire a high-quality appearance when unlit. When illuminated, its light is more evenly diffused over the entire glass body.

Slight deviations in dimensions, glass thickness or isolated air bubbles are unavoidable with this manufacturing process. Up to three bubbles per 50 mm are to be tolerated. Metallised crystal glass and smoked glass may show slight colour deviations. These are a sign of craftsmanship and make each luminaire unique.

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Ceramics and marble ite

The classics from mawa also include wall and ceiling lights, which are offered in ceramic and marbleite. eintopf, etna and paula have been reissued in cooperation with the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin (KPM). These lamps are made with precision craftsmanship by experienced manufactory workers from Berlin. 15 filigree handicraft steps and ten working days are necessary to complete the porcelain.

»paula« and »paul« are also available in marbleite. Marbleite is a mineral artificial stone that is also used to make tiles and window sills. It has a fine surface texture and can be exposed to heavy wear and tear.

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“We can do any colour.”

Martin Wallroth, Founder of mawa design