Inspiration 004: Taking Bamboo in a New Direction

I came across this amazing TED talk by Elora Hardy:

Growing up in Bali with two artist parents, Elora Hardy’s creativity led her to design prints for one of New York’s biggest fashion houses. Then, in a dramatic shift, she moved back home and founded Ibuku, a team that builds bespoke homes made and furnished almost entirely of bamboo.

The strength of this abundant local grass allows for towering, curvilinear structures with a notable sense of luminosity and comfort. Ibuku builds on a design process and an engineering system that were first established at the nearby Green School. Five years ago, Elora and her team chose one humble material, and with it they are building a whole new world.

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I find it incredible that bamboo can be so versatile. When Hardy was nine her mom asked her what kind of house she wanted and she drew a “mushroom house.” Then her mom proceeded to build one for her. That early inspiration seems to shine through on these bold, dazzling structures.

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