Bambu Indah was founded by John and Cynthia Hardy. John made his way to Bali in 1975. Intrigued by Balinese craft traditions, he settled there and began producing jewelry with local artisans. He met Cynthia in the early 1980’s. She had recently moved to Bali and was also creating her own line of jewelry. Together they built John Hardy Jewelry, which continues to be a successful international fine jewelry brand.
One of the keys to their success is that they have done well by doing good. From the beginning, John and Cynthia’s approach to business has been about making beautiful jewelry while being respectful to Bali’s land, people and culture. It became their mission to share with others the local experiences and beauty that Bali has to offer.
In 2006, the duo founded the globally renowned Green School. They built it on an incredible bamboo campus that combines cutting-edge technology with traditional materials and building methods. The result is a truly inspirational teaching and learning environment that stimulates critical thinking and creative problem solving.
To continue the incredible work of the design-build team that created the Green School campus, John’s daughter Elora founded Ibuku in 2010 to provide bamboo architectural services and sustainable furniture to new people and places. Some of Ibuku’s designs can be experienced at Bambu Indah, including dining furniture, the restaurant’s kitchen, Sumba House, and Minang House. Today, Ibuku is a successful international collaboration of architects, designers, engineers, and craftsmen that has built over 40 structures. You can watch Elora’s TED Talk here.
John’s son, Orin, designed the organic permaculture gardens at Bambu Indah that supply the delicious restaurant menus. He has also founded Kul Kul Farm, a beautifully laid out property of functional and edible landscapes close to the Green School. You can visit Kul Kul Farm to learn about their amazing produce and operation, or book one of their courses in Permaculture Design, Herbal Medicine or Bamboo Architecture.
Watch John’s TED Talk, ‘My Green School Dream,’ here.
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