Journey With Bamboo
Pablo Luna Studio focuses on the design, development and production of art and architecture with bamboo. The studio researches and experiments various techniques with bamboo and publishes their findings. The aim is to disseminate knowledge about the potential of this versatile grass and to create and share bamboo on a broader level while challenging its perceived boundaries. By combining technology and natural materials, the studio investigates the ways in which the two interact to create new possibilities with this natural but magical grass.
Pablo studied architecture at Columbia University in New York City. During this time, he connected with John Hardy, a world-renowned entrepreneur whose primary medium is bamboo. A day after graduating, he flew to Bali to work with John and his journey with bamboo began. Once on the island, his understanding of what it meant to design and work with this living grass came to fruition. Pablo gained confidence in his ability to create after building a yoga pavilion, a bridge, a meditation shala and a tree house. This led to the realization that the possibilities with Bamboo were limitless. It was then that Pablo Luna Studio was created – to further the study of this adaptable material.
One of the beautiful aspects of bamboo is that no two pieces are alike. Each one is unique and can thus be used to create different art forms. Hence, Pablo Luna’s art is driven by his interests in creating art and architecture that incorporate natural materials, movement, and human stories. He strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large.
Art, for him, is a crucial means for discovery. This is why Pablo’s creations with Bamboo include jewelry, sculpture, film, and installation. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects, interventions in civic space, and issues of sustainability and climate change.
The jewelry collection began as an experiment while teaching students how to create architectural models and furniture at Bamboo University in Bali. His first pieces were inspired by works of the Balinese craftsmen: elegant knife movements, attention to detail and mastery of the material. The way bamboo is handled and perceived in the Balinese community shed light on the opportunity for craftsmanship in his studio.
Pablo Luna Studios is creating architecture that brings the appreciation and understanding of bamboo to a new level. Through experimentation and research Pablo will continue to document and create new possibilities with this versatile material that reach far beyond our imagination.