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The Artisan Trend of Interior Design

For Sri Lankans, intricate designs were part of many an ancestral homes or “Waluwas.” Delicate and detailed masterpieces, carefully handcrafted by artisans, honing the skills or art and finesse, these individual works of beauties are a lost form in the modern world! While the Western World, seek out the touch of handmade beauty over mass-produced off-the-shelf furniture,  the trends in the Sri Lankan interior design world too have jumped on the bandwagon to re-embrace the artisan trend.

Anantaya Pasikuda Room Details with Artisan Trends


Handmade products often hold sentimental value, and demands respect, for the time, effort, and patience put into its every detail. With the artisan trend of furniture, you should take one-step further and respect the artistry and the skill that gives a piece of furniture life. The passion of the artist has flown through their creativity and skill from their body and left a mark in wood, in a lasting memory.

As the artisan trend of interior design looks at a broad spectrum of woodwork that has been touched by woodwork and carpentry artists, based on the finish, there are various names used today. From shabby chic to rustic to refined, there is a broad spectrum of what can be fitted into the artisan trend, based on the styling of the end –product, be it vintage and rustic to modern and sophisticated.

Artisan inspire woodwork used as wall decorative pieces at Anantaya Paskuda

Artisanal crafts can be done in a variety of means, from the inspirations to the materials being used. Over the centuries, with the popularity of modern furniture design trends in Sri Lanka, not many residences have yearned for the styling of intricate and antique designs. However, with the interior design world embracing the fusion of antique with sophistication, the artisan trend in Sri Lanka is making a comeback.

At RM Perera, we have a love affair with wood and love honing our heritage and ancestral skill to create masterpieces for our clientele. Whether you are looking for a series of artisan furniture for your hotel interior design, such as our recent Anantaya Pasikuda project, or adding a statement piece to your office interiors or home, you will know when you see our passion in the quality of our work.\r\n


Artisan Inspired Wooden Columns at Anantaya Pasikuda

Domus Magazine Sri Lanka Feature: Interior of the Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka

A space enclosed within a renovated colonial  building, the office interior of the Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka incorporates elements that accentuate the features of the original building while creating a modern space that is both welcoming and provides an efficient working environment.\r\n\r\nThe client required the interior of the office to be modern and subtle while preserving the heritage architecture; they were very clear on what they did not want. Chairman of the Credit information Bureau and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, P Samarasiri provided his invaluable direction on what was expected from the interior designers when decorating this office space. As such the designers of R M Perera were tasked with creating a space that was unique and different from any other government office.\r\n\r\nThe Central Bank, who owned the building, initially renovated the structure according to the original specifications. As such the teak flooring, doors, windows and curved glass had all been restored to their primary condition. Therefore, the designers had to ensure that the interior did not alter or harm the original elements.\r\n\r\nPartitions that segregated the various departments could not rise beyond a height of seven feet as the air condition system would be blocked, and the partitions had to be free standing as nails or adhesives could not be used. While an open office concept was never envisaged due to the function of the office, the interior of the building showcased to reveal the sturdy colonial columns that ran through the centre of the structure. Having been part of the restoration work of the building R M Perera designers were aware of the client’s emphasis on perfection.\r\n\r\nThe interior had to match the finish of the building as such wood veneer and melamine boards were used in brown and white. Green and blue, which are the colours of the logo as well as plants were introduced to give some variation to the otherwise brown and white theme.\r\n\r\nThe interior design was simple and followed the lines of the building and focused on opening out the space. The furniture was selected to accentuate this aspect. Depending on the function tables were of wood veneer as well as melamine. As lighting had been installed  during the renovation period for the entire building, a new system had to be designed to provide additional lighting, which is still in the planning stages. The new lighting system will be iron fixtures with LED lighting to a provide a more cost effective solution while maintaining the modern and heritage appearance.\r\n\r\nThe interior of the office was designed after consulting all the staff where each and every need is catered to in the design. By opening the space the office is no longer claustrophobic and provides a more welcoming atmosphere for both the staff and the clients.\r\n\r\nThe staff are now easily accessible and the clients do not need to venture along dark narrow corridors. The arrangement is such that clients do not need to speak to the security or the receptionist as everything is very clear. The waiting area is very spacious with televisions so that the clients feel comfortable while waiting. Though the building and the large timber doors at the entrance are imposing, the designers refrained from covering any space. Glass was used as much as possible, even with the glass and timber façade were maintained to allow an undisturbed flow of light.\r\n\r\nWhile the designers of R M Perera had to adhere to client’s specific requirements they were able to create a space that supported the function of the office by incorporating modern elements to a colonial heritage building.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThe above are extracts taken from the DOMUS Magazine article highlighting RM Perera’s fusion of colonial and modern styling, which was written by Udeshi Amarasinghe. The article can be viewed in PDF format here!