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