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SLDF 2021*

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Click below to watch the events that unfolded at SLDF 2021 Sri Lanka’s first virtual design festival!

Mercedes Benz Fashion Talents

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FASHION SHOWCASE

 

Mercedes Benz Fashion Talent brings together the most interesting design talents, apparel industry innovation. It showcases unique mergers between craft, textile technology and wearables from Sri Lanka. Join us as we present the virtual edition of MBFT for the first time in Sri Lanka.

Creative Legends:
Ena De Silva

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INSPIRATION 

Iconic creatives of Sri Lanka, masters in their field! Yet their legacy still stands strong throughout the test of time creating real impact. Join us as we carry on their legacy as Creative Legends of Sri Lanka.

Creative Legends: Chitrasena

INSPIRATION 

Iconic creatives of Sri Lanka, masters in their field! Yet their legacy still stands strong throughout the test of time creating real impact. Join us as we carry on their legacy as Creative Legends of Sri Lanka.

Design Katha: Modern Sri Lankan Furniture

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CONVERSATIONS

 

Taking a focused look into Furniture, Channa Daswatte shares how Sri Lanka, like many other countries in south Asia, has had a profound influence on its design of furniture from the west and how Modern Sri Lankan Furniture has evolved. This short film will look at the various designs made by Geoffrey Bawa, one of the most renowned architects of the modern period in the context of the political and economic conditions within which they worked.

Design Katha: Architecture & Craft

CONVERSATIONS

 

A practicing architect and interior designer, Ruchi, draws a parallel between traditional crafts and architecture. She talks us through the practice of keeping detail-oriented conversations alive through the semantics of construction, an open ear to available elements and bringing the right craftsmen.

Design Katha: Gem & Jewellery Legacy of Sri Lanka

CONVERSATIONS

 

Holding the world enchanted, The legendary allure of Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery industry shared at SLDF 2021. For decades, the island’s treasured sector has brought international acknowledgement to the country as “Ratnadweepa” - the island of gems. The discussion presents an informative virtual journey into the heart of Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery legacy

Design Katha: Impact of Design in Advertising

CONVERSATIONS

 

Why design sells; the impact of design in advertising unpacked at SLDF 2021 bringing together the local ad industry to discuss its future. Ad veterans and new leaders discuss where design thinking is needed to fulfill an increasingly important role in bridging brands and consumers in new and exciting ways.

Design Katha: Port City Future City & Public Art

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CONVERSATIONS

 

The two Design Kathas are led by Creative Director James Balmond of Balmond Studio. One looks at the impact Public Art has through the Port City's first Design Competition, that opened doors to artists around the island to showcase their perspective and their vision into new cities and cityscapes. The other brings together both Port City and pavilion architects Balmond Studio in a discussion about the Port City project, architecture and how it is poised to be the future city.