DetolaAndGeek

Handmade African Wax Print Lampshades Homeware & Gifts

Letchworth, United Kingdom On Etsy since 2013

DetolaAndGeek

Handmade African Wax Print Lampshades Homeware & Gifts

Letchworth, United Kingdom | 367 Sales

All Items

Tola Laseinde

Contact shop owner

Tola Laseinde

Announcement    Detola & Geek is an award-winning home & lifestyle brand selling handmade statement lampshades, homeware & gifts. Infused with African vibes. I currently work from my home-studio based in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK.

My handcrafted lampshades are my signature & best-selling products. They seem to be gaining quite a reputation, slowly becoming a movement (in my head). I tend to seek out eye-catching African inspired design prints which may be bold, geometric, retro, tribal, botanical, mid-century modern or even geeky too! They are certainly a quick & easy way to inject splashes of colour into your spaces.

ALL MY HANDMADE LAMPSHADES ARE SENT OUT USING TRACKED & SIGNED FOR POSTAL SERVICES.

I love commissions, special projects & collaborations, especially partnering with interior designers/stylists, property developers, home-stagers, architects etc. I also work with film set & stage designers.

I also teach lampshade making workshops using hired craft venues or hosting craft party events held in your own home/space.

You can find me at the World famous Greenwich Market on occasional Sundays (not every single one though) where I have a “pop-up-shop”. I also sell in person at well curated handmade craft fairs & markets especially at the run up to Christmas. Please check www.detolaandgeek.com/events for more info.

Ready-made lampshades are usually sent out within 3 - 5 working days (sometimes sooner) after payment in full is received & cleared. Bespoke/made-to-order ones take longer (between 2-3 weeks). During busy periods, Public holidays & orders that include sourcing extra/special materials might take slightly longer but I will keep you well informed.

If you need quantities bigger than what I have in my shop for occasions like weddings, birthday parties etc, please send me a message with your request via www.detolaandgeek.com/contact.

All my products are made in a smoke free & pet free home studio.

Thanks for stopping by!
'Detola x

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 31, 2020

Detola & Geek is an award-winning home & lifestyle brand selling handmade statement lampshades, homeware & gifts. Infused with African vibes. I currently work from my home-studio based in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK.

My handcrafted lampshades are my signature & best-selling products. They seem to be gaining quite a reputation, slowly becoming a movement (in my head). I tend to seek out eye-catching African inspired design prints which may be bold, geometric, retro, tribal, botanical, mid-century modern or even geeky too! They are certainly a quick & easy way to inject splashes of colour into your spaces.

ALL MY HANDMADE LAMPSHADES ARE SENT OUT USING TRACKED & SIGNED FOR POSTAL SERVICES.

I love commissions, special projects & collaborations, especially partnering with interior designers/stylists, property developers, home-stagers, architects etc. I also work with film set & stage designers.

I also teach lampshade making workshops using hired craft venues or hosting craft party events held in your own home/space.

You can find me at the World famous Greenwich Market on occasional Sundays (not every single one though) where I have a “pop-up-shop”. I also sell in person at well curated handmade craft fairs & markets especially at the run up to Christmas. Please check www.detolaandgeek.com/events for more info.

Ready-made lampshades are usually sent out within 3 - 5 working days (sometimes sooner) after payment in full is received & cleared. Bespoke/made-to-order ones take longer (between 2-3 weeks). During busy periods, Public holidays & orders that include sourcing extra/special materials might take slightly longer but I will keep you well informed.

If you need quantities bigger than what I have in my shop for occasions like weddings, birthday parties etc, please send me a message with your request via www.detolaandgeek.com/contact.

All my products are made in a smoke free & pet free home studio.

Thanks for stopping by!
'Detola x

Reviews

Average item review
4.5 out of 5 stars
(76)
See reviews that mention:
quality 10 shipping 14 customer service 14

Updates

Yes, this lampshade is filled with vibrant colored candy sweets - ALEWA. And when the light is on they look even more delightful.
"Absolutely love the lamp shade - it's well made & looks beautiful - thanks for the quick delivery." ~ deltaskelter
Last one left in this Tropical palm leaf print. There's also a matching cushion too palm_treemaple_leaf
View all 34 updates

About DetolaAndGeek

Sales 367
On Etsy since 2013
Video summary: This is how my lovely customers have styled their "Detola and Geek" handmade African lampshades.

No kidding, It was REALLY a light-bulb moment!

PERSONALLY SPEAKING
Hi, I'm Tola Laseinde, the designer/maker behind Detola & Geek based in Letchworth Garden City, UK.

This is where my two worlds collide. My love for gorgeous interiors and vibrant African Wax Print fabrics (a.k.a. 'ankara' in Nigerian circles).

It all started from my crazy love of ankara. The popular African material used originally in making clothes for all occasions - be it for everyday, evening, wedding or party wear. It's vibrant, eye-catching, colourful and easily adaptable.

African print fabric is mainly made from 100% cotton fabric although other types of material are used especially cotton-mixes. You can trace the origins of this popular material back to Dutch-Indonesia (and not Africa as most people think). The locals have been applying traditional wax-resist dying methods to produce batik cloths. The outcome of the process are very unique, wonderfully patterned and vibrant fabrics. The Netherlands adapted this technique and modernized it. - hence the term 'Dutch Wax' They started exporting it to Africa (via the Merchant ships). Nowadays a lot of designs result in a clashing mix of exciting colours (And apparently they do work well together)

What makes these African Prints SO unique is the way the patterns & colours run and appear.

I can never get enough of African/ankara wax print fabrics. And literally these fabrics have exploded globally. They're' everywhere. You even see them on famous fashion runways. Brands all over the world now use them in their products - both fashion design and interior home accessories.

NOW THE BUSINESS BIT ...
So I thought to myself one day, as you do, you know what I can do one better! With my love of interior design, I didn't want to delve away from interiors, home decor & accessories. And I have always wanted to make products myself, by hand, using these gorgeous fabrics. And then I had a light bulb moment. LAMPSHADES!!!! Pun so intended.

And the rest is history!

In a nutshell I create “Colourful African Wax Print Fabric Lampshades & Home Décor.
Designs maybe Bold, Geometric, Retro & sometimes Geeky too!”

Please feel free to 'convo' me if you have any bespoke / custom orer requests

To get back to my shop front, please click on the link:
www.DetolaAndGeek.etsy.com

Shop members

  • 'Detola

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photo Shooter, Parcel Sender

    Lampshade Maker/Home Decor Designer, Blogger & Mum to Funky 'Geek'. Love creating vibrant Handmade Lampshades, Cushions, Wall Decor & other gifts items from scratch, by hand! Love new projects, challenges & collaborations with other Designers!

  • Funky 'Geek'

    Geek Controller, Junior Apprentice, Sounding Board

    My 18yo son is my greatest cheerleader & Junior apprentice in the making. He's wise, witty & might have visions of taking over "Detola & Geek" one day. One can wish!

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Apr 4, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

For all my lampshades & Wall Decor, I recommend dusting lightly with a feather duster or soft dry cloth. Do not use water or cleaning sprays/liquids!

For the African cushions - Wash quickly & separately in cold water.
Please note that African print fabrics tend to run in water.

For the Tote bags - spot clean or wash quickly & separately by hand in cold water. Please note that African print fabrics tend to run in water

For the Fabric bookmarks, please keep dry & don't spot clean as water/liquid will ruin the bookmark.

Custom and personalised orders

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING ARE ALL NON-RETURNABLE & NON-REFUNDABLE.

1) CUSTOM / BESPOKE / PERSONALISED ORDERS

2) GIFT VOUCHERS/CERTIFICATES

3) SALE / DISCOUNTED / REDUCED PRODUCTS

4) FAT QUARTER, HALF YARD AND YARD FABRICS

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me. Thanks.

Sizing details

As Detola And Geek sells various products which do come in varying sizes, please read the product details for more information.

Wholesale availability

I can provide wholesale orders for my African-inspired handmade lampshades, cushions, wedding decor & favors (Tealight / votive candle holders, napkins, table runners, lanterns etc).

I love commissions, special projects, collaborations, bulk orders for interior designers, architects, small businesses.

Also Detola & Geek can supply you with Film Sets & Stage Design prop products / decor .

Please send me a message with your request. Thanks