About The Event
After a family member was struggling to find unique tiling for their home renovation project, Kasun and Laura set out in helping them and in turn îlot Colombo was born. With the creation of îlot Colombo, came a history lesson and education in this centuries-old craft of cement tile making. The founders set out to learn from the best cement tile makers in Europe and created their own workshop in Colombo where their tiles are entirely handmade by skilled craftspeople.
Listen to their journey to revive and modernise this centuries-old craft through research, experiments and collaborations with designers, architects and designers at SLDF 2023
Kasun Amarawardana and Laura Gueguen
Kasun Amarawardana and Laura Gueguen are the co-founders of îlot Colombo, known for their characteristic cement tiles. Kasun has been trained as a civil engineer at the University of Technology Sydney while Laura studied business at Kedge business school in Bordeaux, France. After working in their respective fields for over 5 years in Australia, they decided to combine their skills and expertise as well as their common appreciation for handcraft and love for colour to create îlot Colombo.