BioBorn in Montevideo, Once11 aka Ignacio Platas has never stood still for a second. He was an active member of the infamous Brooklyn Williamsburg scene ('90-'93). In 91, after building environments at Keep refrigerated, (the legendary and brilliantly original illegal underground Williamsburg club), he co-founded Lalalandia Entertainment Research Corporation, whose large scale fountains, omnisensorial environments and pneumatic installations have been written about in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, as well as Domus Magazine. Lalalandia made many of the most memorable Brooklyn warehouse after- hours environments of that period. His flying camera solution won the top industrial design award on the east coast of the U.S. Graduating him top of his class at Parsons University of Design in '94. He studied fine arts, industrial and product design in Rome and New York City.
Never staying still he released his much acclaimed first solo cd called Once11 Versus the Pyramid on the Agriculture In 2000 Leaping beyond the confines of tradition Once11 melds with his laid back Latin roots without loosing the groove.
Always moving forward Once11 started Meta Flora in 2002 and led a team to Costa Rica for 3 years building synergetic renewable bamboo structures. In 2004 he founded the bamboo Institute the Bamboo Institute seeks to develop innovative ways to utilize bamboo's incredible potential to help solve a wide range of the problems facing the planet. Why not work on improving and promoting bamboo architecture and design, primarily focused on furthering the development and utilization of bamboo as a building material the strongest and fastest growing plant on the planet.