Dee Gibson is a British-Sri Lankan interior designer, avid traveller and first-time hotelier. She is as passionate about craftsmanship, antiques and sustainable design as she is about making a positive social impact through her work. Dee founded Kalukanda House, a private, luxury villa in Weligama on Sri Lanka’s south coast and rents the property to travellers for exclusive use, providing them with a relaxing, soul-nourishing break which combines slow, conscious and luxurious travel experiences. Shortlisted by Hip Hotels in their ‘top 5 slow destinations for 2020’, Kalukanda House is a design-led destination that focuses on experiences and has a strong focus on social responsibility.
Having lived in Sri Lanka during her childhood before returning with a family of her own, Dee is heavily influenced by the colours, textures, materials and fixtures used in Asian art and design. Ethical luxury underpins how Dee runs Kalukanda House, combining luxury services and actively contributing in a socio-economic way back into communities in Sri Lanka. The designers she showcases throughout the villa are friends who she admires for their thoughtful, responsible approach to designing and creating.