My Story

Hello. I’m Tola Laseinde is the designer/maker behind the vibrant lampshades, homeware & gifts all made by hand from my home-studio in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. 


My African inspired handcrafted lampshades are my signature & best-selling products. They seem to be gaining quite a reputation, slowly becoming a movement (am told). 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. 

At the moment I’m obsessed with giving my lampshades alternative linings on the inside like metallic gold or bronze as well as transparent ones too.

I love commissions, special projects, collaborations, especially partnering with interior designers /stylists, property developers, home-stagers architects. I also work with Film Sets & Stage Designers. 

I am a lampshade tutor too and host lampshade making workshops. Find out more about Detola & Geek Workshops 

I also sell in person at well curated handmade craft fairs & markets as well as hosting in-house Pop Up Shops for Global organizations in London (like S & P Global and Facebook).

Want to know more, read what my customers' have said

In a nutshell I create ...

"My Detola & Geek African inspired handmade products are a quick & easy way to inject splashes of colour into your spaces. Quite functional & very trendy too. These vibrant designs always get the conversation started. Right?"