My Buzz

My Detola & Geek African inspired handmade products are a quick & easy way to inject splashes of colour into your spaces.

Quite functional & at the same time trendy. These vibrant designs always get the conversation started. Right?

To find out what all the fuss is about, you can read what people have said about my handmade products

My Bio

Hello, I’m Tola Laseinde the designer/maker behind Detola and Geek, the award winning home and lifestyle brand. I make my own range of unique statement lampshades, homeware & gifts infused with African vibes. I currently work from my home-studio based in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire.

My handcrafted lampshades are my signature & best-selling products & are gaining quite a reputation, slowly becoming a movement. 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 a twist by using gold, bronze, silver, champagne or transparent linings. I also make ones using two different fabrics.

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 am also a lampshade tutor and love hosting lampshade making workshops. They are also an alternative corporate "team-building" activity. Please get in touch if you are an organisation that is interested in booking me.

I sell in person at well curated handmade craft fairs & markets as well as host "Pop Up Shops" in corporate offices.


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