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The first international publication to arrive in Sri Lanka, Domus was founded in 1928 by architect Gio Ponti in Italy. Today it has expanded its presence to China, Russia, India, Central America, Mexico, Germany and
Sri Lanka and has earned repute as ‘the international point of reference for architecture, design and urbanism. Domus Sri Lanka is published under license from Editoriale Domus in Italy who oversees and approves the content and all aspects related to the magazine. The Magazine delves into the world of architecture and design where design approaches, distinctive elements and latest advancements in the field are brought to the reader’s attention. It provides a wealth of knowledge in particular for architects, designers, students and professionals.

Domus Sri Lanka Cover

AUGUST 15 - SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 Issue

Placing emphasis on the importance of interior designing, this issue features the Design Apartment, where the interior design was by Renford Flamer-Caldera. With its custom-made furniture and unique lighting, the entire identity of the building hangs on the interior. Modern living and cosmopolitan influences, simplicity, the concept of less is more, have all been incorporated and executed with elegance. The end result is awe-inspiring.

Also featured is the interior at Spa Ceylon store and spa in Pelawatte. Inspired by traditional Sri Lankan palace art, the place has an almost celestial feel. The colours, furniture and placement of objects work in collaboration to reinterpret the retail space, to one that suits a store and spa. This transformation has been achieved sans any structural changes to the store. It indicates the power, potential and capability of designers, especially those who dare to take on an impossible challenge and think out of the box.

Climate played a vital role in the project of the British Council in Colombo, done by architect Lilantha Wijayapala in collaboration with Jestico + Whiles (UK). Climate played a vital role
 in design. In all, the project involved a complete design of a new customer service centre, convertible library space on the upper 
level and the refurbishment of the existing colonial era villa. Apart from the complex structural elements, the interior was designed to facilitate a “hip” work environment through a variety of dedicated and casual workspaces. In short, the interior design of the project was vital in the organisation’s broader plan to transform its working environment to be more efficient and modern.

Feedback this month features the remnants of the Kingdom of Kotte, the penultimate kingdom of Sri Lanka, the remnants of which are surrounded by modern life. Unlike the other ancient kingdoms of the Island, to discover what is left of bygone Kotte one must search through the narrow residential lanes.

Among the international articles, “Divertimento” pays homage to Frank Lloyd Wright through a passionate and almost spiritual piece by Francesco Venezia on the Guggenheim Museum in New York. “Salvatore Ferragamo: 1927 the Return to Italy”, describes the innovation, courage and beauty of designer Salvatore Ferragamo upon his return to Italy after 12 years in the United States.


AUGUST 15 - SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Table of Contents

Cover: An iconic Spa Ceylon motif (right),
inspired by ancient Sri Lankan design,
displayed in the interior of the luxurious
brand's latest store and spa in Pelawatte.

Author Designer   Title
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The power of interiors
Alba Cappellieri
Salvatore Ferragamo: 1927 the return to Italy
Francesco Venezia
Keshini de Silva
Renford M Flamer-Caldera
Penthouse in Colombo
Lilantha Wijayapala &
Jestico + Whiles (UK)
British Council in Colombo
Udeshi Amarasinghe
The luxurious Sri Lankan ayurveda spa
Yomal Senarath-Yapa
Ancient Kotte