Jade Folawiyo’s cross-cultural experiences – with the United Kingdom where she was raised, the Italian Fabrica Design department where she worked, and with Nigeria in particular where her family originates – is her strongest inspiration. Her affinity to infuse all cultural influences led her to working with local artisans and reinterpreting traditional techniques from each area; resulting in her current collection.
These impressive geometrical metal lamp shades are indicative of her Nigerian heritage, in terms of the rich rustic design, and her contemporary design background which resonates with a western sensibility. Folawiyo's focus on home accessories permits a deeper exploration into mixing different cultures and their practices.
Her Lampshades have since been included in the collection of pieces showcased at The Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Valentine House.