My Story

Hello, I'm Tola the founder of Detola and Geek, I design by hand all my award-winning statement lampshades, homeware & gifts from my home studio in Hertfordshire, UK. 


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 space. 

I’m obsessed with giving my lampshades alternative linings on the inside like embossed gold silver bronze or champagne as well as transparent ones too. I also make double-sided fabric handmade lampshades 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?"