“Fast forward to 2016 and back in Bali’s verdant hinterland, local artisans are carefully bending this ultra-sustainable resource into fantastically undulating sculptures, sans splinters, under the design direction of Hardy’s equally talented daughter Elora. The former designer at Donna Karan returned home to Bali in 2010 to realise what she calls her father’s “big dreams made out of overgrown grass”. This summer, Elora launched the Ibuku furniture collection, an online catalogue of these natural, artful furnishings that already populate the monumental custom bamboo houses of Green Village, this talented family’s other bamboo-building venture.” Read the full article by Cynthia Rosenfeld in the How to Spend It section of the Financial Times.
Financial Times recently ran an article on the rise of bamboo architecture in Asia featuring Ibuku and many other pioneers in the field. “Most people, especially in Asia, think that you couldn’t be poor enough or rural enough to actually want to live in a bamboo house,” says Hardy. Yet now that a newly developed boron solution can protect bamboo against termites, it is no longer a symbol of poverty: a three-bedroom house in the Green Village is on sale for $695,000. Ibuku aims to convince people that bamboo is not just a practical material, but something worth aspiring to. Read the whole article by Clarissa Sebag-Montifiore: Why bamboo is the ‘green steel’ of 21st-century Asian architecture
While Bali’s south coast is being swallowed up by villa and resort developments, there is an innovative green design movement gathering pace on the island. The area in and around Sibang, an off-the-map hamlet between Ubud and Denpasar, has become an unexpected centre for buildings made almost entirely of bamboo. But unlike the bamboo structures that have popped up for centuries throughout Asia and South and Central America, these buildings are resistant to decay and radically innovative. Click here for further reading. January 27, 2012, Gisela Williams
Much like Branson, Canadian-born jeweller John Hardy has operated a sizeable international business from a tropical island headquarters far removed from his major consumer markets. In Hardy’s case, that island is Bali, where he first arrived back in 1975 and which he lovingly describes as “a paradise island – beautiful in every season – where I wake up each morning to the most spectacular mountain views”. Click here to read more. March 10, 2012, David Kaufman