Made of Bamboo is founded by Munir Vahanvati and Mittul Vahanvati. We are architects and designers, passionate about sustainability. We have more than 15 years of professional experience, working on a range of design and construction projects.
We run a design + build studio called Giant Grass. We have been exploring with bamboo for more than 13 years designing and building structures, furnitures, products and facilitating training workshops, in Australia and overseas. Our projects have been represented at various international conferences including World Bamboo Congress in Bangkok and South Korea and Global Bamboo Summit in Vietnam. In 2015 our design (f)route pod received great recognition internationally and was published in various design blogs around world. We also won silver for this design at the Melbourne Design Award.
Made of Bamboo was born after us becoming parents and from our passion for design and sustainability.
Co-founder and Head of Design
Munir is an architect and urban designer with more than 13 years of industry experience. He has been involved in working with bamboo since last 12 years. He is passionate about designing and using the natural form of bamboo to create rhythmic structures that create a play of light and shade.
Munir’s main focus has been on creating designs that are efficient, attractive and minimise labour input to maximise productivity. He has designed various products and structures out of bamboo and also likes to get hands-on making some of the products. He has presented presented at various international conferences including World Bamboo Congress in Bangkok (2010) and Damyang, Korea (2015) and Global Design Summit in Ho Chi Minh City (2012).
Munir is currently Vice President of the Bamboo Society of Australia and World Bamboo Ambassador for World Bamboo Organisation.
Mittul is an architect with a post graduate qualification in Sustainable Development. Her main interest lies in conducting active-learning construction workshops amongst community about bamboo as an ecologically and socially sustainable material.
She has been involved in working with bamboo for past 12 years. She was introduced to bamboo by M P Ranjan from NID when she engaged in teaching basic design skills to the local craftsmen at NID-BCDI in Agartala, NE India. Since then, she has continued spreading awareness about design possibilities with bamboo with varied strata of people from craftsmen, tribal, community to University students.
Currently, Mittul is a Director of Giant Grass and also a PhD candidate at RMIT University focussing on building community resilience through disaster recovery.