Ena de Silva’s moving house
Al Jazeera / Archaeologists / Architects / Archivists / Artists

Ena de Silva’s moving house

If you know where to look, you can find the numbers all over Ena de Silva’s house. Faded yet still legible, the white scribbles mark each tile in the parquet floor, each pebble and boulder in the sunny interior courtyard. Under their layer of paint, the bricks are numbered, and so are the columns and … Continue reading

Architects / Series: Prized Possesion

Channa Daswatte: A Man Needs a Fountain Pen To Call His Own

When it comes to his choice of writing implements, architect Channa Daswatte is undeniably a romantic. Flowing from the nib of his fountain pen might come a single element of design or the key structures that will eventually make up an entire hotel; alternately, it might be a note to himself or simply a quick … Continue reading

Designers / Gardeners / Innovators / Painters / The Sunday Times

Laki Senanayake: Far from the Maddening Crowd

Dressed in his regulation sarong and t-shirt, Laki Senanayake looks like there are few things he takes seriously – certainly, he doesn’t count his reputation as an ‘artist’ among them. “I’m assured by various people…that I’m Sri Lanka’s leading artist – God knows where I’m leading anyone,” he says, grinning. We meet Laki at Barefoot, … Continue reading