“A space that has been made over in a style best described as – checks notes – “tropical modernism”. This means it’s a riot of oatmeal. The distressed brick walls in shades of artisanal granola give way to leather banquettes the colour of Jordans Country Crisp and a floor that recalls Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut. (I have just invented this UK breakfast cereal colour chart, and will be patenting it, though I live in fear of the restaurant that demands I reference Limited Edition Unicorn Fruit Loops.) There are big woven hanging lampshades and lighting turned down to that place on the dial marked “moody”. It’s calming, and suits the muggy, damp summer’s evening.
I have made it clear that it’s a lovely dinner, and a calming, restorative space. But it is something else. Kolamba is the gentle, ocean-deep pulse of the wide and diverse city, reasserting itself.”
Jay Raynor | Kolamba Review – The Guardian
“Annie is an extremely talented designer. Her taste is impeccable and sophisticated. We are looking forward to do more projects with her! Highly recommended!”
“We have worked with Annie as a supplier for her commercial projects. She is always such a delight to work with - professional, creative and efficient. We love being involved in any of her projects!”
“Annie grasped our proposal from the outset and was integral in delivering our vision for CLAW. Her professionalism, enthusiasm and level of creativity were second to none; it would be a pleasure to work with her again.”
Fabian Clark | Claw
“Kingly Street’s Kolamba is the inaugural project for both restaurateurs Aushi and Eroshan Meewella and London-based interior designer Fare Inc. And what a debut! Natural textures, neutral palettes and a unifying terrazzo design are used to pay homage to the “tropical modernism” movement of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Elsewhere, linen-piped leather banquettes, woven pendants and bespoke batik artworks add a softness to rustic sawn-wood screens and polished concrete walls. “The space feels fresh and authentic, much like the dishes leaving the kitchen,” says Dylan Jones. To dine at Kolamba is to segue through the sun-soaked spice markets of Sri Lanka, to savour Sinhalese flavours heady with coconut, cardamom and lemongrass. Surrounded by tropical greenery, Ginger & Peppercorn Mule in hand, you’d be forgiven for forgetting you’re still in Soho.”