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Bold, Bright and Beautiful: Tricia Guild, Eva Sonaike and Joa Studholme

The Well-crafted Life

What more could we want for our homes than that they be bold, bright and beautiful? The three creatives that feature in this episode embody this philosophy, each creating incredible interiors and stand-out products full of vibrancy and energy. Join us on a colourful journey from London to Somerset, via Japan, India, Nigeria and beyond. Meet our guestsTricia Guild has been filling our home with joyful colour and pattern since 1970 when she first opened Designers Guild on London's Kings Road. In this episode she paints a vivid picture of her home and style, offering insights into shades to decorate with and sharing the small ways she brings a little life and joy to her everyday. Eva Sonaike is a London-based designer who draws on her Nigerian and German heritage to create original textiles that are drenched in colour. Since launching her brand on maternity leave 13 years ago, Eva hasn't looked back. Talking to us from her north London home that she shares with her husband and two children, she tells us about their Friday night rituals, her love of fresh air and fragrance and the importance of power dressing. Joa Studholme is the colour curator for Farrow & Ball, responsible for coming up with some of the world's best-loved names like Elephant's Breath and Nancy's Blushes. She whisks us to her Somerset school house, describing her new found love of nature and her most treasured possession - her Caran d'Ache. About this podcast The Well-crafted Life is brought to you by Homes & Gardens, hosted by Sarah Spiteri and edited by Matt Gibbs. This episode was sponsored by Martin Moore. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


3 Mar 2021

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Wayne chats with Eva Sonaike Luxury African Textiles designer

THE TV CARPENTER : Home Makeovers with Wayne Perrey

This week I chat with Eva SonaikeSelected judge of this years Amara Awards,Her London Interiors company produces colourful, luxury African home textile and soft furnishingsGuest: www.Evasonaike.comSponsor: To take advantage of the generous 15% discount from my sponsor Thorndown, please visit http://bit.ly/TVCarpenter. Discount code: TVCarpenterContact me: www.theTVcarpenter.com Music: "What's the Angle" by Shane Ivers


6 Nov 2020

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An interview with Interiors Company Founder and Designer Eva Sonaike

Live Your Own Way

Would you like to add colour to your home? Or have you thought about starting a creative business but not sure how? Eva gives some invaluable advice on where she started and how she now covers give continents across the world. She creates homeware, textiles and accessories with a beautiful African aesthetic. Copyright: Lucy Gleeson Interiors. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


13 Jul 2020

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Eva Sonaike is Breaking Barriers in Interior Design

Third Culture Africans

Meet Eva Sonaike, the person behind the luxury interior design company of the same name. Her home textiles and furnishings have a vibrant West-African aesthetic with high-quality manufacturing and hand-finished designs. Today she discusses how her early career in fashion journalism helped her gain the confidence to launch her brand. She has long been passionate about African fabrics and design but started in interior design from scratch. Learn why she chose to use her name as the company name and why it’s important to never compromise on your standards. Eva draws on her background. She was born to Nigerian parents in Germany and adopted by a German family. Embracing different cultures is important to her, and what drew her to the UK. She reflects on breaking barriers and becoming mainstream. The chat ends with a discussion on finding the balance between home and work demands. In this episode, we talk about: 00:00-1:54: Introducing Eva Sonaike 1:52-2:31: Correct pronunciation of her name 2:32-3:34: How she started in her business; why using her name as the brand name 3:34-4:45: Eva’s upbringing in Germany and her Nigerian background 4:45-6:15: Learning to work with textiles and creating fabrics 6:17-7:26: Early interest in interior design, but taking time to build confidence 7:27-10:32 Searching for a multicultural city; making the move to the UK 10:32-13:21: Reflections on what has been achieved, breaking barriers and crossing over into the mainstream. 13:21-17:49: Being unapologetically African and staying true to her brand standards 17:50- 19:47: How she was able to get started with interior design; you need to keep learning to be successful in business 19:48- 21:26: Myths about entrepreneurship and finding success 21:26-23:45: Balancing sustainability and quality in business choices 23:46-24:55: Finding ways to inspire and lift up others 24:55-27:37: Attending trade shows and if they are the way going forward 27:38- 29:27: The interesting customer demographic and person who likes her work 29:27- 32:30: Making tough choices when balancing work and home life; the need for support networks 32:31- 33:37 What’s next for Eva’s collection 33:38-35:08: How to find Eva and the wrap-up Mentioned Resources Elle InStyle ICFF Selfridges Fenwick


24 Feb 2020

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Ep 5 Eva Sonaike | Reflecting on 10 years and what it takes to build a luxury African textiles brand

Behind The Design

This is episode 5 where I am joined by textile designer Eva Sonaike.  ABOUT EVA:  Eva Sonaike is the founder of Eva Sonaike, a London-based interiors and lifestyle brand creating luxurious textiles and home décor products. Eva, who was born and raised in Germany and is of Nigerian heritage, has taken the best elements of these two cultures to inspire her work. The result being designs that bring the vibrancy of African colours and aesthetics to the luxury home décor and accessories market. We talk about: What led her to starting a textile design business, and the journey of turning a hobby into a full-time business How her first collection attracted the attention of Selfridges and Liberty London, two prestigious London department stores. How being in the right place at the right time has led to some of her biggest opportunities. Celebrating ten years of Eva Sonaike and what has this journey taught her about herself and as a business leader Developing the characteristics of a textile designer and the importance of business acumen Using trade shows to help get her brand exposure, and what participation has taught her about branding and building a world-class brand Why you shouldn’t say yes to every opportunity The perception of luxury African Design in a western market Getting her products into African countries, the ease of doing business Overcoming discouragement and seasons of doubt Balancing family and business Links and resources mentioned in this episode  Selfridges - https://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/ Liberty London - https://www.libertylondon.com Fenwick - https://www.fenwick.co.uk The Observer Magazine - https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/may/06/african-express-how-bright-textiles-brought-one-london-home-to-life Alara - @alaralagos https://www.instagram.com/alaralagos/?hl=en Temple Muse - http://www.temple-muse.com Concept Store in Rwanda get name Eki Orleans - https://ekisilk.com Lisa Folawiyo - http://www.lisafolawiyo.com Aburi Gardens Ghana - https://touringghana.com/aburi-botanical-gardens/ Google Analytics - https://analytics.google.com// Where you can go to find out more about Eva https://www.evasonaike.com Instagram: @evasonaike - https://www.instagram.com/evasonaike/ Facebook: @evasonaike - https://www.facebook.com/evasonaike/ Get the full show notes at: www.atelier55design.com/podcast Behind the Design is brought to you by atelier 55


3 Oct 2019