All posts tagged: bamboo design

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. …

From Yuhang Rong Design Library

Incredible bamboo design in China at the Design Library

I went to China to speak in December. This conference I went to was in the middle of bamboo land in China. It was incredible to speak there. Many people in audience had never seen a real bamboo building. I also visited and spoke at the From Yuhang Rong Design Library. Incredible space and cool people. In their words: “FROM YUHANG RONG DESIGN LIBRARY” is built by PINWU Design Studio and Yuhang Government in Hangzhou China. It focuses on Chinese traditional handcraft research and each material deconstruction from the craft. The Library offers designers Chinese traditional materials such as bamboo, paper, clay, porcelain, copper, silver, silk, etc. Remains of ancient Chinese folk culture are still to be found, hidden in villages. Library is passionate collecting the knowledge from the old craftsman. They are doing wonderful things with bamboo and natural materials, like this lamp of bamboo paper. Clay top tables- completely organic. When you touch it, you’re in heaven. Curved tops. Reusable cups in the old enamelware style. Bamboo lamps made with bamboo paper. Award-winning paper pulp …

Bamboo building course Bamboo U 2017

Join us for Bamboo U 2017

The Bamboo U camp held in 2016 was incredible. Take a look at the video below and then join us for the 2017 version.  Bamboo U is a design and bamboo building workshop in Bali hosted by the Kul Kul Farm at the Green School; facilitated in collaboration with the bamboo design firm, IBUKU. Bamboo U is an opportunity to design and build with bamboo alongside some of the architects, designers and craftsmen who built Green School. The group will investigate the available sites and hear from Elora Hardy and her team at IBUKU, the design firm that designed many of the classrooms at Green School and all the houses at Green Village.   

Falling for Balinese bamboo furniture

READ: IBUKU’s furniture collection in the Financial Times

“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.

WIRED Best Designers 2016

READ: The best designers you need to be watching right now (WIRED)

Honored to be named in this WIRED Design Issue article on the best designers. Thanks to Bjarke Ingels for the amazing mention of IBUKU and Elora and John Hardy. For WIRED’s Design Issue, we celebrate the creatives – from architects to user experience masters, fashion designers to rocket scientists – shaping the world right now. As part of our cover profile on the architecture star Bjarke Ingels, we asked him to nominate the individuals in their respective fields he is most excited about right now. From fiction writers to builders of bamboo schools, here are five designers shaping the WIRED world right now. Entire article over on the WIRED site.

Green Village Bali

A dream of 108 houses to go with Green School

Living in Green Village  is a unique opportunity to let your kids walk to school through the forest rather than commute 45 minutes or more each day. We are very committed to this dream of a green community right next to Green School. Come and be a part of it. There are houses available for sale and available for rent through the newly launched Green Village Lifestyle. -JH Welcoming Green Village Lifestyle to the Green family. Green Village Lifestyle stands for a community and a lifestyle for those who care about nature and appreciate its magnificence. Its real estate offerings are more than just unique properties; they are a promise of a sustainable future. Set along the terraced slopes of the Ayung River in Bali, Green Village is a master-planned community of eighteen dramatically unique homes, hand-constructed by the Ibuku team. Each home is custom designed and rigorously engineered to embody the inherent strengths and versatility of bamboo. Located within walking distance from Green School, Green Village encompasses all of the architectural innovations, sustainable principles and artisan craftsmanship of …

Bamboo Pod at TRi Restaurant Hongkong. Designed by Ibuku

IBUKU goes to Hong Kong

Ibuku has completed its first international project, TRi Restaurant in Hong Kong. TRi captures the pure essence of Bali in a unique dining experience focused on Balinese flavors and opened in July 2015. TRi has been brought to life by the Le Comptoir team with interior design by Ibuku. The concept for TRi came from the Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, the union and balance of three elements: man, nature, and divinity. The guests pass through three areas during their TRi experience- Kampung (the Village), Kebun (the Garden) and Hutan (the Forest). The design elements are inspired both by Bali’s incredibly rich cultural heritage, as well as its incomparable natural beauty. Bamboo is the dominant material, but TRi also features Balinese metalwork, slabs of river stone, and traditional cloth. As with every Ibuku project, the design takes its cues from the surrounding natural beauty and features. In Repulse Bay, the river, sea, light reflections over the course of the day, tree line and far-off mountains all play a role in TRi’s design.   The …

Bamboo U at Green Camp

Bamboo Immersion at Bamboo U

I have just come back from the Bamboo U course at Green Camp and feel it is one of the best things I have ever done in my life. My vision for the future has been cleaned and I won’t be looking back. Connecting with such a wonderful crew of people from all over the world with so much passion for bamboo, has lit a fire in my heart that is burning the trash of the past and opening doors I had never imagined were there. Immense gratitude to the organizers and everyone who came. – Donnie, Australia Many people come to visit Green School, GreenCamp, Bambu Indah and Green Village and they are always simply in awe of the bamboo structures around us. Their drive to know more about the process of building led us to create Bamboo U, a Bamboo Building & Design course hosted by GreenCamp. Participants come from all over the world specially for this course, wanting a hands-on experience with bamboo building including workshops on bamboo roofing, model making, weaving, planks …