A Look Inside John Hardy’s Revamped Kapal Bamboo Boutique

The upgrade reflects the artisanal ethos of the company and the bucolic surroundings of its workshop.

Left to right: The 27-meter Kapal Bamboo Boutique at John Hardy Ubud; looking into its main space.

Bali’s long-standing luxury jewelry brand John Hardy recently remodeled its flagship Kapal Bamboo Boutique in Mambal, a short drive outside of Ubud. The centerpiece of a 40-hectare creative compound housing the John Hardy Workshop, the breezy structure by Singaporean architect Cheong Yew Kuan has now been given a sympathetic update. John Hardy teamed up with custom furniture designer Kalpa Taru and Blanco Studios on the boutique’s new-look interior, which recalls the surrounding landscape through terraced forms with soft, rounded edges and cantilevered elements created by Indonesian master carpenters. In keeping with the eco-friendly spirit of the building and John Hardy’s overall vision, Kalpa Taru has used only carefully selected sustainable plantation teak.

The revamp took its cues from nature and the island’s age-old subak irrigation system, bringing the outside in. Rice plants grow in gaps between sections of the bamboo floor, while the sound of trickling water is clearly audible as visitors admire the soaring cathedral ceiling. Studio Nimmersatt’s curated lighting fixtures mimic bamboo auricles; these have been carefully designed to showcase both the unique architecture of the space and the brand’s latest handmade creations, courtesy of more than 600 master artisans. The Kapal Bamboo Boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Since its establishment in 1975, John Hardy has channeled the ancient artistry and the rituals and culture of Bali through one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Travelers can go behind the scenes with an exclusive tour of the design studio, archive, and workshop, and join a hands-on masterclass to learn about John Hardy’s unique eight-step process. For visitors staying in the beach areas of southern Bali, the brand’s Seminyak location, John Hardy Boutique & Gallery, hosts a changing roster of events and exhibitions. A trio of on-site dining venues allow guests to share authentic Balinese dishes and sample refreshing drinks inspired by jamu — traditional Indonesian health tonics.

Find out more at johnhardy.com.

The sensitively remodeled Kapal Bamboo Boutique features cathedral ceilings.

Left to right: Men’s jewelry by John Hardy; a customer tries on a necklace at the store.

A snug corner of the Kapal Bamboo Boutique.

Visitors can sign up for a hands-on jewelry-making masterclass with John Hardy’s artisans.

This article was brought to you by John Hardy.

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