March 3, 2015 in Bamboo Flooring
I 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.
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.
February 19, 2015 in Bamboo Flooring, FSC-Certified, Sustainability
I 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
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.
February 12, 2015 in Bamboo Flooring, Installations
Angus 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.