From the thousands of antique Javanese window shutters making up Potato Head Beach Club to the 1.8 million hand-pressed temple bricks holding up Katamama, the materials we use are as important to us as the craftspeople who construct our establishments.
Our events and installations serve as a vehicle for us to showcase sustainable design within a modern context. In every project we take on, we always start by looking at the way materials or waste can be reused in an equally smart and aesthetically pleasing way.
Each year we we build the stage for Sunny Side Up—our annual tropical festival—almost entirely from sustainable materials. In 2015 we used local bamboo and gave it a natural grass alang alang (roof). 2016 saw it constructed from recycled wood, which was cut into shingles that were then hung loosely, acting as a kinetic installation as they moved in the wind.
Last year Phoenix, Big Sean, Hot Chip, Charli XCX and the rest of 2017’s international line-up performed atop a semi-translucent platform, made from 19,000 hand-painted plastic water bottles all salvaged from Bali’s beaches.
For the performance of hip-hop legends De La Soul, we revived a 100-year-old joglo (traditional Indonesian house) to create a distinctive stage space. The joglo structure has since been used as a studio for Potato Head Family.
When jazz legend Roy Ayers played at the Beach Club, we wanted to create something special for his performance. Salvaging old structures, scrap wood and local Balinese materials, we built a one-off stage for Roy to perform on.
Giving life to an old warung shack, we elevated it on stilts to be used as a DJ booth for New Year’s Eve 2015. Made from local bamboo, our dramatic 2016 stage set the scene for a series of festive events, including a Boiler Room session, DJ Z-Trip and Rudimental shows.
Our coconut bar, made from discarded coconuts, acted as a pop-up over the summer months at Potato Head Beach Club. The husks made up the walls of the bar which were supported by a recycled steel frame.
Re-imagined into a tropical bar, our rum pop-up was an opportunity to explore how we could use waste materials such as old wood, bamboo and corrugated steel found in scrap yards.
When London Cocktail Club came to the Potato Head Beach Club, we created a one-off pop-up bar from an old Balinese structure, carefully restoring it using found or recycled materials.
Utilising local Balinese materials, made largely from bamboo or leaf materials, we conjured the idea of these hand-dyed leaves—an interesting decorative touch to our 2016 summer installation.
The local artisans are Bali’s true unsung heroes. For the opening of Katamama, a hotel they had a huge part in building, we wanted to reveal their very particular skills through these special artisan installations.