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The FALOMO collection by Eva Sonaike

The FALOMO collection by Eva Sonaike

We posted  the video from our Maison & Objet Falomo collection launch at the beginning of this month, but it is about time to officially introduce you to my new FALOMO collection. I think is our best ever and I am so proud of it! If you did't see the video from the show, you can watch it again here. Now let me tell you a little more about the products, story and my inspiration.


The collection includes our signature-style cushions that are filled with plum duck feather inners and come with velvet backing, the comfortable pouffes, the cute make-up bags (with pink showerproof lining, which is to die for!!!) AND…

We launched our first range of lamp shades (Yes, we did it! And we love them!) in my signature prints, which are hand-made in England and are lined with gorgeous textured copper fabric. The FALOMO, lamp shades will add a colourful glow to your  living space.

And of course, we also have the fabrics that are suitable for upholstery and curtaining which are printed in Germany on Half Panama or Organic Cotton Twill; and the small birch veneer ‘Tea Trays’ that hail from Sweden and are perfect for your afternoon tea or cocktails.


The five new designs are each available in two colour-ways, featuring bold purples and lilacs, bright greens, soft  pinks and warm greys, representing the energising, yet muted colours typical of the Tropical Modernism era.

Of course, my signature West African aesthetic using a batik style 'adire' background, one of Nigeria's most popular textile traditions, is present throughout the collection.

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 stands for bridging the gap between the old and the new. ALURO is a reinterpretation of the structure of concrete facades. OKUTA evokes the stark texture of concrete used in Tropical Modernist buildings. And IRI takes its inspiration from the grid approach to urban planning prevalent in mid century urban West Africa.



I am obsessed with mid-century design and especially love mid-century West-African architecture, also known as Tropical Modernism. For those of you who don’t know, Tropical Modernism is used as a description of modernist architecture in Africa, 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.

I remember driving through Ikoyi and especially the not so interesting part of Falomo as a teenager and thinking of how I would update and renovate these old, sometimes derelict buildings and bring their beauty back to life.

So it came naturally to me to create a collection that is inspired by this theme.The collection reflects this  by the use of geometrical patterns and continuous lines that represent movement, development and progress.

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