By Dian Hasan | July 8, 2010
What do you do after you’ve built a jewelry empire from scratch on the idyllic tropical isle of Bali? That is probably the question that John Hardy has pondered many times over in the past few decades he’s been living in Bali. A life’s journey that saw him build himself into a brand name synonymous with exquisite silver jewelry pieces inspired by daily life of culturally-rich Bali. Celebrating the craftsmanship if the Balinese people for whom exploring their artistic gift was as second-nature as their creations of ornate daily offerings to their Gods.
Over the years, John Hardy’s pieces have adorned real royalty and Hollywood royalty alike. And upscale consumerist palaces like Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s and Nieman Marcus have been his loyal customers.
John Hardy sold his jewelry business a few years ago, and has since focused most of his attention on education and the environment, a merging of two ideas that have resulted in the creation of the “out-of-this-world” Green School, Bali’s international school that is way ahead of its time, where man, nature and education become an inseparable bond! (check out my blog post about the Green School).
To take a peek into his extraordinary life, the stunning place he and his wife, Cynthia, calls home is an excellent start. A 110-foot-long traditional house, that overlooks Ayung River valley in Bali.
The upper house stands on stilts 59 feet high.
The main house was finished in 1997, and for their the Hardys who love to entertain, they’ve had to expand their kitchen.
Corridors run alongside the raised house leading to the master bedroom.
The master bedroom, like all the other rooms, are open to all the elements. At night, the staff raises canvas “sails” to protect the furnishings from rain.
The view from the master bedroom, looking down on the family’s swimming pool.
Over time, the Hardys have acquired 11 small properties to create the house’s 2.5-acre site. And as with his career, Mr. Hardy confesses the house will never be quite finished. It’s a work-in-progress, just like a fine work of art, that awaits the next inspiration.
Inspiration: Design Sigh