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London-based lifestyle company, Eva Sonaike, introduces its latest collection FALOMO, including the launch of the new hand-made lampshades. For FALOMO, Eva Sonaike has taken inspiration from mid-century West African architecture, also known as Tropical Modernism, which was applied to the architecture of Africa from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. It refers to the synthesis of international Western building styles and local building traditions, implying a new evolution on African architecture.

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The FALOMO, collection reflects this trend by the use of geometrical patterns and continuous lines that represent movement, development and progress. The collection includes Eva Sonaike’s signature style cushions with velvet backing, the comfortable pouffes, the colourful make-up bags and the new lamp shades – all handmade in the UK. The fabrics, which are suitable for upholstery and curtaining are printed in Germany on Half Panama or Cotton Twill and the small birch veneer tea-trays are handmade in Sweden.

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Known for her bright colour combinations and vibrant patterns, Eva Sonaike stays true to her concept of ‘Bringing Colour to Life’ with FALOMO, featuring bold purples and lilacs, bright greens, soft pinks and warm greys, representing the energising, yet muted colours typical of the Tropical Modernism era. Her signature West African aesthetic using a batik style ‘adire’ background, one of Nigeria’s most popular textile traditions, is present throughout the collection.

The five new designs are each available in two colour-ways.

ODI

ODI

ODI leads the collection with its parallel zig-zag design representing the fences and iron gates that are still present throughout West Africa today.

ALA

ALA

ALA stands for bridging the gap between the old and the new.

ALURO

ALURO

ALURO is a reinterpretation of the structure of concrete facades.

OKUTA

OKUTA

OKUTA evokes the stark texture of concrete used in Tropical Modernist buildings.

IRI

IRI

IRI takes its inspiration from the grid approach to urban planning prevalent in mid-century urban West Africa .

The season sees the launch of her first range of lampshades in her signature prints, which are handmade in England and lined with textured copper fabric. The FALOMO, lamp shades will add a colourful glow to any living space. The FALOMO collection offers a fresh approach to an postcolonial era during which new African nations  expressed their new found confidence and pride through the creation of a new style of architecture.


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If you’re interested in shopping this collection, you should visit their online store.

Here’s a video showcasing the Launch of the collection at Maison&Objet Paris.

ABOUT EVA SONAIKE

Eva Sonaike Image1 small copyEva Sonaike is a London-based interiors and lifestyle brand creating luxurious textiles, home décor and accessories with a distinctive and vibrant West-African aesthetic.
The company’s ethos ‘Bringing Colour to Life’ is reflected in its signature collections of cushions, bags, stationery, fabrics and furnishings using textiles designed by Eva Sonaike, combined with the finest velvets and leathers. Emphasis is placed on hand finishing, distinct designs and high quality
manufacturing.
Creative Director Eva Sonaike graduated with an MA in Fashion from the London College of Fashion, where she specialised in contemporary African fashion and textiles. She then pursued an editorial career working as UK Fashion Editor for Hubert Burda Media for six years, working for titles such as German Elle, InStyle and Focus. Driven by her enormous passion for African fabrics and interior design, she set up the company in 2009 with the mission of bringing the vibrancy of African colours and aesthetics to the luxury homedécor and accessories market.
Eva, who was born and raised in Germany and is of Nigerian origin, has taken the best elements of those two cultures to inspire her work – her designs draw from the two distinct influences of colorful African clothing culture and European antique and mid century furniture traditions. With textiles expertly printed in Germany and products manufactured in the UK, the luxury range boasts a breath of exclusive designs that bring a touch of African luxury to any setting.
Eva Sonaike’s products have been stocked in department stores such as Liberty, Fenwicks of Bond Street and Selfridges in London, Globus in Switzerland and ABC Carpet & Home in New York, as well as in exclusives boutiques around the world; and are regularly featured in UK and international interiors and fashion press.
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