Eva Sonaike [Nigeria]
[Image credit: Eva Sonaike]
Since launching her eponymous line of home furnishings and lifestyle accessories in 2007, fashion journalist and editor Eva Sonaike’s products have enticed those looking to bring contemporary African chic into their homes. London-based, Eva Sonaike specialises in taking traditional African and African inspired textiles mixing them with premium fabrics such as velvet and leather before turning them into stylish cushions, bags and notebooks. Eva draws inspiration from her South German and Nigerian upbringing, fusing the elegance of African attire with the styles of continental Europe and was particularly captivated by antique and retro furniture that was being updated with African fabrics giving it a bold new look.
[Image credits: Eva Sonaike – cushions] Drawing on the significance cloth plays within West African culture, from clothing and decoration through to the giving of cloth as gifts to signify the establishing of friendships; Eva Sonaike’s products use fabrics like the Yoruba’s Aso Oke a vibrant woven cloth often reserved for special occasions like weddings and religious festivals and is a weaving tradition dating back hundreds of years; and authentic Dutch Wax fabric which needs no introduction as a popular instantly recognisable fabric used across the continent especially in West Africa.
… the cushions are a great way to add some colour, pattern and texture to neutral décor
Cushions online priced at: £69-£75
For further information and to find stockists visit: www.evasonaike.com
Eva Sonaike products can be found at Liberty’s, Fenwick and Selfridges in London and Temple Muse in Nigeria