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John Hardy in Malang

World’s biggest bread slicer in Malang

Went on a boys trip to Malang last month to check out what was happening in the world of stone and petrified wood. We stayed in the incredible Tugu Malang. The petrified wood– wood turned into stone- is amazing. Only now do they have the tools to cut it with the diamond blades. World’s biggest bread slicer. The water keeps the diamond blades from overheating. The world’s biggest bread slicer A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Apr 6, 2017 at 11:24pm PDT Here it’s made into sinks. The tools they use are just incredible. It’s the ultimate man’s machine land. Big saw, medium saw, small saw. The plywood factory—making it out of tree bark! Just incredible product. Goonie land. The vehicles the workers use are just completely nuts. Other beautiful things we found over there. Black palm rope, bamboo brooms, rag rugs- so cool. The psychedelic kampung of Jodipan in Malang. More on how/what/why here. A young unmarried man’s sarong. The shopkeeper wouldn’t let me buy it. Visited the master bronze caster. He uses bits …

A giant inflatable breast in London

SEE: A giant boob in London

Inflatable breasts seem to be on trend-  Carina’s inflatable breasts have been joined by this one in London. Part of the Mother Projects initiative, where the agency tries to solve a problem or highlight an issue it feels passionate about, the effort from the creative team is about helping women who might feel embarrassed or judged while feeding their babies in public.  The project is “a celebration of every woman’s right to decide how and where they feed their children without feeling guilty or embarrassed about their parenting choices,” according to the agency’s post. –More on Adweek

Bangkok travels

Bangkok travels: Buy, see, do

Notes from a recent trip to Bangkok. Views from the taxi while stuck in traffic. Carina in red. Spectacular temple ruins. Back to the breast is everywhere. Shopping with Chris. One of my favorite places to go in Bangkok is Stefaan Grusenmeyer’s gallery at O.P Place, Suite GFO1/1, Charoen Krung Road.  Stefaan is a lifetime antique dealer and he’s putting things in his shop these days that he’s acquired over his lifetime. There are some treasures you can’t even imagine. Don’t miss seeing this in Bangkok.      When I was there, I also saw an exhibition from the ultimate organic artist- Jean Louis Dulaar.

Carina Hardy

Back to the Breast: An inflatable installation by Carina Hardy

I feel like I have been to Wonderland and back again. The last few months have been a whirl wind adventure of material testing, model making, and production managing the creation of a large scale art inflatable called Back to the Breast; and finally, this February in Thailand we debuted the installation at Wonderfruit festival. Back to the Breast is an eco, biodegradable inflatable made of organic cotton coated in pigmented natural latex that depicts monumental breasts. Through an inflatable “underwire” tunnel, participants can enter the breasts and imagine what it might feel like to be in a breast. Engaging with breasts in this new capacity and beyond stigmatization hopes to normalize breast culture and foster a conversation of inclusion and understanding of bodies in public space. Through symbolic architectural design, Back to the Breast encourages an appreciation for rather than opposition to breasts in public view. At the festival, we hosted breast casting and printing workshops which attracted a huge number of people and helped reinforce the thematic undertone of the piece through opening …

John Hardy and the cow phone

Things you have to see and do in India (2 of 2)

These are my favorite hotels and shops in India. These are secret so use them wisely. Place to stay Imperial Hotel is my favorite urban hotel in the world. It has 3,500 original prints, like this one of a Maharaja with the colonial Englishmen. At the Imperial Hotel in Delhi A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Feb 15, 2017 at 8:57pm PST Most of the prints are of the most bucolic countryside. Except for this one- the Uber of India past. Biggest issue for me are the industrial hotel buffets- it’s just sugar for breakfast Sugar carb sugar carb. The industrial hotel breakfast buffet. A post shared by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Feb 15, 2017 at 11:07pm PST   Places to shop Ahujasons have the most delightful selection of pashminas in the world. And the great thing is that it’s all fixed price. So you can look at the USD 3,500 one and understand why it costs that much, and then see the UD 500 and USD 300 ones and see what they’re worth. …

Suryagarh Heritage Hotel India

A heritage, sustainable hotel in Jaisalmer, India (1 of 2)

I didn’t have any expectations when I heard there was a heritage fort hotel in Jaisalmer. But I was blown away when I got to Suryagarh. I kept looking for something that was newly constructed on this property, something that would break my eye. But nothing did. My host in India was Manvendra Singh Shekhawat, a INKTalks Fellow and traditional architecture enthusiast. Photographed below with James, who traveled with me from Bali. Manvendra Singh Shekhawat’s love lies in hotels, heritage conservation, design, experiential real estate and social entrepreneurship. His hotels take the path less travelled and his NGO, I Love Jaisalmer, was responsible for launching the city’s  largest cleanliness and conservation drive. Manvendra is currently working on building experiential hotels, development of a renaissance township and the restoration of a 350 year old military fort.  Above my bed there was a roof made of cut stone, just stone on stone to make this incredible roof. It was an amazing experience. If you get to Jaisalmer, stay in this hotel. They dug a huge pond to …

Bamboo used for food packaging

SEE: Bamboo food packaging from Thailand

Yet another great use for bamboo- this time coming out of Thailand.  Great video and article over at CNN. The company is using a technology devised at a Bangkok university to make its zero-waste packaging. It hopes it will eventually replace many of the Styrofoam boxes and plastic bags that end up in huge garbage dumps across Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. Its eco-friendly formula took five years to develop and is so adaptable it could end up being used to package things like furniture and even phones. The bamboo it uses comes from leftover scraps from the chopstick manufacturing process. – CNN Money

John with bamboo umbrella

The bamboo craftsmen of China

When I went to China recently, I visited 4 craftsmen taking bamboo to new heights. The paper maker, the basket weaver, the flute maker and the umbrella artisan were so cool. The Bamboo Paper Makers The bamboo being soaked for a month until they can pulp it. Huge stone used to grind the bamboo into fine powder The paper maker goes to the water, picks up a thin layer of pulp on the screen. Then lays it down to dry as paper. Thin, thin paper. A video posted by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Jan 2, 2017 at 3:16am PST     Brushes to smooth the pulp. The Bamboo Lamp Weaver The Bamboo Flute Carvers   A video posted by John Hardy (@greenbyjohn) on Jan 2, 2017 at 10:02pm PST The Bamboo Umbrella Makers The umbrella factory was a curious thing. It’s in the house of people who own a huge bamboo property and they’re getting paid a fortune for that bamboo. They also make these 3 meter bamboo umbrellas. So cool. Bamboo bones and paper. …

Bamboo load

The future of bamboo is happening in China

I’ve had to create three blog posts just to chronicle all the amazing bamboo innovation and design I saw in China.  They really are using this grass to its full potential there.  A few of the other things I saw while I was there, including a visit to a bamboo lumber factory, live bamboo fountaining wine and a visit to the Craft Museum of China. Bamboo Lumber Factory We visited a gigantic bamboo lumber factory- all the photos below are products made out of pressed bamboo. Huge amounts of bamboo being carbonized to get rid of the sugar (and the pests). They turn in into miles of lumber and planks. Raw bamboo I found them burning the offcuts for power and suggested they make them into shingles. They even decorated their gigantic factory with a very small bamboo grove. Living Bamboo Wine Fountain We went to a bamboo grove which had graffiti. All different paintings. Even more crazy was when these guys showed up. They drilled holes in living bamboo and started serving bamboo wine! The …