Designing Norwegian in Sri Lanka
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Designing Norwegian in Sri Lanka Written by Ali B. Zagat Photos by Sebastian Posengis October 16, 2014 A Norwegian architecture firm tackles an exotic design commission: a new foreign ministry office in Sri Lanka. Dis. focused on the use of furniture and lighting to emphasize and promote Norwegian design, preserving the building’s original character. The residence’s large rooms feature dark wood floors, which sets off bright playful elements such as sculptural chairs and vividly colored carpets. Working on the office of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, Sri Lanka, presented a unique opportunity for Dis. interiørarkitekter , an interior design company based in Oslo. Dis. developed a concept that honors Norwegian design and is appropriate for a variety of public visits and functions: the interiors contrast classic Scandinavian style with traditional motifs of Sri Lankan culture, underlining the idea of two nations intersecting in a single location.