Eva Sonaike, textile designer.
“Over the last ten years there’s been a renaissance in the feeling for African textiles. The colours are vibrant and edgy, because we combine colours that most people wouldn’t put together. Aesthetically, they’re just wonderful. The world has become so much more diverse, and in turn, so have people’s style. People want to make room for culture within their homes. My prints embody that.”
“For the pared-back Karla armchair, I wanted a bold print. The Aye design is part of my Eko Eclipse collection – it represents the earth its oceans.”
“My main inspiration comes from back home in West Africa, and particularly from nature. The Wewe print comes from my Aburi Collection, which was inspired by the lusciousness of the botanical gardens in Ghana. It’s really incredible there. The colours and the intensity of the plants are really powerful. I always start with colours and then begin sketching out the designs.”
Sonaike is “obsessed” with cushions, and while on maternity leave from her job as a fashion and interiors journalist, she began to craft her own cushions as a hobby. “I was working with big brands through magazines like German Elle. I liked everything, but always found myself thinking ‘I would do this differently, or that differently’, so I thought I’d put my own little line together, just for myself and for my friends. Things went from there and have really blossomed, like the nature that inspires me.”
Eva Sonaike’s clients include Selfrdiges, Libery and Fenwick and her Wewe print features on our Designer Edition of the Karla armchair. Her first Edition with us, of the Marley footstool, has now sold out.