Elora is the creative director of IBUKU. She leads a team of skilled artisans, architects, engineers, and designers to create homes, structures, and interiors crafted of bamboo. Raised on the beautiful island of Bali, Elora was inspired by the highly skilled local craftsmen as well as her parents’ talented jewelry designs. She spent 14 years of her young adult life in the United States, where she received a degree in fine arts and went on to New York City to design prints for Donna Karan that would walk the world’s runways. In 2010, Elora left her successful career in the fashion world to carry on the incredible work of the design-build team that created the world-renowned Green School in Bali, founded by her father John Hardy. She reconnected with the culture and landscape that she loves and today continues to cultivate Balinese artisans alongside innovative designers and architects with the goal of making Bali a global center for sustainable design and bringing those designs to the rest of the world.
The Design Team
The core IBUKU design team is an inspired group of Indonesian architects, designers, and master craftsmen. Working closely with the construction teams to implement each design, they take a bold stand to innovate in unconventional ways with natural materials. They strive to think outside the box. IBUKU’s intention is that over the next 5 years, bamboo will become highly desirable internationally, and be recognized as a valuable and versatile resource for all people in the world.
The Garden Team
The Garden team is a division of the IBUKU design team. It is led by Orin Hardy, Elora’s brother. He works closely with his core team: Scott Godfredson, a landscape architect and founder of Exos, an international permaculture design consultancy; Yohanes Wiryawan, a young architect from Java; and Made Gojing, an avid gardener from the Sibang Community. IBUKU Gardens focuses on creating ecological landscapes following the principles and ethics of permaculture. Our primary vision is to produce edible gardens that connect people to the land.
PT. Bamboo Pure is IBUKU’s exclusive Bali-based bamboo treatment facility and custom furniture workshop which brings IBUKU’s designs into reality.
Skilled craftsmen and laborers from Bali and Java bring our bamboo dreams to life.