DetolaAndGeek

Handmade African inspired Lampshades Homeware & Gifts

Letchworth, United Kingdom | 340 Sales

DetolaAndGeek

Handmade African inspired Lampshades Homeware & Gifts

Letchworth, United Kingdom 340 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars (69)
Tola Laseinde

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Tola Laseinde

Announcement    Detola and Geek is an award winning home & lifestyle brand.

My designs are colourful, geometric, retro, mid century modern, tribal, as well as, geeky too! I make matching items & I accept custom requests (use your own fabric as well as alternative inner lining colours like gold, bronze, silver & champagne). US washer fittings are available upon request. Please send me a message first so that I can quote you the correct price for a custom / bespoke order.

I also make other homeware & gifts as well as sell lampshade making craft kits.

Love commissions, special projects, collaborations, especially partnering with interior designers /stylists, property developers, home-stagers architects. I also work with Film Sets & Stage Designers. Please send me a message with your request via my website: http://www.detolaandgeek.com/contact

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 take longer (between 1 - 2 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 http://www.detolaandgeek.com/contact. Thanks.

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

Quickest route back to my shop front is DetolaAndGeek.etsy.com

Thanks for stopping by! Much appreciated x

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 1, 2019

Detola and Geek is an award winning home & lifestyle brand.

My designs are colourful, geometric, retro, mid century modern, tribal, as well as, geeky too! I make matching items & I accept custom requests (use your own fabric as well as alternative inner lining colours like gold, bronze, silver & champagne). US washer fittings are available upon request. Please send me a message first so that I can quote you the correct price for a custom / bespoke order.

I also make other homeware & gifts as well as sell lampshade making craft kits.

Love commissions, special projects, collaborations, especially partnering with interior designers /stylists, property developers, home-stagers architects. I also work with Film Sets & Stage Designers. Please send me a message with your request via my website: http://www.detolaandgeek.com/contact

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 take longer (between 1 - 2 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 http://www.detolaandgeek.com/contact. Thanks.

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

Quickest route back to my shop front is DetolaAndGeek.etsy.com

Thanks for stopping by! Much appreciated x

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My new SANAA table lampshade is inspired by retro jigsaw puzzle games.
Will also look fab in a kid's nursery/bedroom.
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About

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 17yo 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!

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Find DetolaAndGeek at the following upcoming market!

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    7-9 Ramsden Rd
    BALHAM, GREATER LONDON

    Jun 22

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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