Noodle Theory

I had lunch with a friend at one of my favorite noodle houses in Oakland yesterday: Noodle Theory. I

City Hall, Kansas City, MO

Smith & Fong’s Durapalm Deco Palm paneling product finds its way into many surprising loca

Bamboo driftwood.

I remember when we first starting manufacturing and importing bamboo flooring in 1993, telling a fr

 

Noodle Theory

March 3, 2015 in Bamboo Flooring

IMG_4584I had lunch with a friend at one of my favorite noodle houses in Oakland yesterday: Noodle Theory. It is a small place with a small menu that is both well-loved and well-patronized. Owner Louise Kao’s concept is simple: get as many friends and family as you can in one room on any day, offer a reasonably priced, seasonal menu featuring noodle dishes from various Asian cultures, infused with elements of California cuisine—and enjoy some great food. That’s exactly what we did.

Noodle Theory’s tabletops are made of Plyboo flat amber plywood, and for the constant use they receive, they’re holding up remarkably well. If you are in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood sometime, stop in, try the noodles and check out the Plyboo tabletops.

City Hall, Kansas City, MO

February 26, 2015 in Durapalm

Smith & Fong’s Durapalm Deco Palm paneling product finds its way into many surprising locations, including the Japanese Consulate in San francisco, the Newsome Law Offices in Orlando and, most recently, Kansas City, Missouri’s City Hall Building. The Deco Palm product is made from 100% plantation reclaimed coconut palm and is both sustainable and strikingly beautiful. There’s some justice for you.

Bamboo driftwood.

February 19, 2015 in Bamboo Flooring, FSC-Certified, Sustainability

photoI remember when we first starting manufacturing and importing bamboo flooring in 1993,
telling a friend that “one day you will see a house for sale
and it will describe an interior with bamboo flooring.” I was convinced that this would happen
then, and it has happened, but in ways both different and larger than I had imagined.

As the green movement in manufacturing began to influence and change the market, Smith & Fong
obtained FSC certification for our bamboo resources and developed a soy-based, formaldehyde-free production program. Most of the rest of the market moved to big box store suppliers and mass production.

The other day I was out walking the beach with my daughter and looking down noticed a small
wedge of bamboo flooring mixed in with the other driftwood and mix of organic and inorganic
Debris.

Bamboo flooring has come a long way in 20 years and Smith+Fong  as a company
has had many roads to choose from.  I’m glad that we stayed on the road we chose.

Misura, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

February 12, 2015 in Bamboo Flooring, Installations

Misura2Angus Stocks, president of Smith & Fong, visited the Surfaces flooring show in Las Vegas last month to see new innovations and confirm that bamboo flooring still has a strong foothold in the market. While at the show Angus stopped by the Misura men’s clothing store in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino to review a Plyboo installation of Neopolitan flooring. After years of high-traffic use it looked—and was holding up—great. The high-contrasting colors and fine consistent striations that make up the distinctive Plyboo Neopolitan look are unique to Smith & Fong. Next time you are in Las Vegas, go take a look. It’s a great store and a great floor.

Yoga Joes!

December 17, 2014 in Bamboo Veneer, Social equity, Sustainability

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Dan Abramson created Yoga Joes in the spirit of getting more people to try yoga. As he puts it, “They’re peaceful action figures designed to inspire children, men, and military veterans to try yoga. More unexpected folks are reaping the benefits of yoga today, from professional athletes, to children, to military men and women returning from wartime.”

So he started fooling around with classic green-plastic army men, heating them up and bending them into yoga positions. The idea was to make it possible to pass yoga around in a way other than a yoga class, maybe “as an inexpensive gift to friends and loved ones, who might like to give yoga a shot.” And he wanted to make something that was meaningful, but also funny as hell.

Dan put Yoga Joes on Kickstarter.com in September 2014 and by its deadline of October 10 he’d exceeded his funding goal by 270 percent. Since then Yoga Joes have been featured in media from Fast Company to Plastics Today, and all points in between.

Recently, Abramson opened a discussion with the organization Warriors at Ease about the possibility of starting a program for military kids in which the Joes would be purposed not only as a reward for donations, but also as a tool for teachers to use in classes.

This is an especially fun and meaningful project that truly has its heart in the right place. Dan contacted us to explore using the peaceful and soothing influence of bamboo in the packaging. “I wanted to replicate the feeling of yoga on a bamboo flooring in the display packing for our product,” said the inventor.

Through discussions and some modeling, we settled on Plyboo edge grain amber veneer for this application. The finish product should be available any day now.

We’ll post images as soon as they are available.