Cultivating the power of sustainable materials, Elora Hardy leads Ibuku, creating bespoke bamboo homes in her native Bali.

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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.

What others say

“Her key realization was that with the right nurturing, Asia's creative minds, skilled hands, growing global perspective and unique natural materials will provide the force for positive change in our global future.” — INK Talks

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June 9, 2015

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Creative ignition: A recap of Session 7 of TED2015

March 18, 2015

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