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TWC: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Defining a “new corporate” Sri Lankan aesthetic that combines heritage, craft, and design in corporate spaces whilst uplifting and empowering local communities as a new design future unfolds.

The brief was simple, capture and define the essence of a modern Sri Lanka corporate interior space. The address; WTC (World Trade Centre) one of Sri Lanka’s most sought after corporate and institutional addresses for trade and finance.

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Hoppers: London, UK

Award winning London restaurant serving Sri Lankan and South Indian inspired dishes in an environment that captures contemporary design from the region.

An homage to traditional print and geometry, exclusively designed batik panels were created and used as a key feature.

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Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Designing an open, welcoming place where people come to meet, create, and innovate within an existing structure is always a challenge. By adding colors and choosing specific products, the people at the Embassy now have an environment that tells a story and works as a conversation starter.

The collaboration between Selyn Textiles and Nicole van der Velden resulted in textile designs that were used on existing design pieces already present at the Embassy. These designs now align with both the Dutch identity and the Sri Lankan ethos.

Design collaboration with Nicole van der Velden

After completing her Architectural Design studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Nicole worked on a vast variety of projects as a designer.

For the past 15 years, she has designed interiors for Embassies and Residences abroad on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These designs play a pivotal role in representing the Netherlands and serve as conversation starters.

To create a positive impact with her designs, Nicole collaborates closely with her clients and other involved disciplines. Her collaboration with Selyn Textiles on the Embassy project in Colombo stands as a sterling example of co-creation.