Deco Palm Winner in IGDA, Feat. in New York House Magazine

September 15, 2011 in Palm Flooring

Deco Palm finds itself in the winner’s circle in two categories in New York House Magazine’s Innovative Green Design Awards, flooring and interior finishes. The highly decorative flooring and wall panels wowed the judges with its aesthetic charms and green resumes.

Deco Palm flooring won the best overall in the flooring category while the wall panels won an honorable mention. The material, functionality, and appearance were all impressive to the judges.

There was some debate over the sustainable merits of the product because it isn’t FSC certified. However, it was explained amongst the judges that Deco Palm, like all Durapalm products, is made from palm trees that have passed their fruit bearing years. These trees are no longer productive and will either die or be cut down to plant productive palms. Using them in the manufacture of flooring and plywood gives the palm a new life.

Some time ago, Alex Wilson, executive editor of Environmental Building News and Building Green said of the product, “Durapalm could almost be considered an agricultural waste product. It is a great example of a company recognizing an opportunity.

Newsome Law Firm, the company pictured in the article about the IGDA win, really did an amazing job with the install. The racing stripe detail using the Deco Palm was an incredible touch next to the stark contrast of the deep tones in the Durapalm coconut flooring which is so prominent. The eye can’t help but notice how textural and graphic the Deco Palm is in this setting.

Also pictured on the site are a reception desk, which is finished with the Deco Palm wall panels (honorable mention), and the wall and storage unit in the conference room. The space creatively utilized the palm products, which just feels so appropriate for the location and use. The photos were very representative of the product, and the warm response in the Innovative Green Design Awards are very encouraging.

It’s a great product and so easy to install. We really hope that homeowners and businesses will enjoy using the product as much as we do at the home office.

~nicole~

How to Make Bamboo Walls with Plyboo Plywood

September 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

You’ve seen them in magazines like Dwell, Architectural Record, and Sunset. They’re green, they’re beautiful and, let’s face it, they’re sexy. Bamboo walls are undeniably modern and easily adaptable to virtually any residential or commercial space.  The best part is that you can replicate these looks with ease. Look no further than a sheet of Smith & Fong’s Plyboo bamboo plywood.

Look no further than a sheet of Plyboo’s bamboo plywood.  Plyboo clearly has you covered for bamboo flooring, but with a little artistic vision and a conversation with your fabricator, you’ll soon find yourself teleported into the design major league.

Smooth and Simple

Bamboo plywood can be used like any other decorative plywood panel.  Frequently, bamboo plywood is installed with clips.  Z clips as they are known are part of an integrated clip and grid system that is fasten to the existing structural wall.   Believe it or not, we use this system frequently at our trade shows. It’s easy to install, set up and take down, and is sturdy enough for a permanent installation as well.

Using the clip system can really save time and cost on an installation, however, if you find that you’re not quite so skilled with home improvements, there are wall systems professionals that can help with large or small renovations.  Just do a Google or Bing search for “wall systems installers” and contact with them locally.

 

Did you know that there’s a service that specializes in installing wall systems only?  Run a search on Google, Bing, or any search engine platform and you’ll be presented with several companies that can assist you with your wall installation.  They’ll know exactly what to do if you explain what you’re after, so if in doubt, always keep this as an option.

The beauty of using Plyboo to make bamboo walls is the ease of use.  Of course there are more dimensional options that the materials can be applied.  These options, however are not as simple and most likely will involve the help of a professional.

The photo above shows the bamboo walls curved to give the appearance of fluidity, like a river flowing.

It does help to have some ideas in mind.  For instance, if you live in a small space, perhaps sliding walls to add a bit of privacy or to give a feeling of spaciousness.  In the photo below, this store built out their walls to show off their products.  The walls act as shelving — a very realistic and simple option depending on your needs.

 The walls are build out to artfully display the products in this store.

High Definition Wall Panels

There are, of course, other options for wall coverings using Smith and Fong products. The answer is tambour. For those who are not familiar with the term tambour, it is used to describe a flexible paneling product. How does it work? Tambour can be any material, wood, plastic, even glass cut into thin strips and laminated to a fabric backing. There is a small reveal at the width of each strip allowing the material to form and shape to almost any surface. Tambour paneling made of bamboo or palm can be shaped around a convex, concave, circular or flat surface with great ease making it a great friend of the do-it-yourselfer.

The image above uses bamboo tambour paneling. This installation retains warmth and is very inviting.

Bamboo Alternatives

So you’ve decided to re-design the wall surfaces in your living space and you are looking for something that says “you” in a truly original way. Durapalm paneling options might just be what you are looking for.  Durapalm panels come in a tambour option as well as two other really unique and user-friendly designs. These are the palm Woven and Deco palm designs. The Woven look evokes the sense of a basket weave pattern with its undulating overlap design. The feeling is both calm and soothing. The Deco pattern on the other hand, breaks this all up with a random multi-depth surface that is modern, unpredictable and highly energized. The Deco is truly a one of a kind look and feel.

Make It Yours

Whether you’re just look for a great texture and material to surface your walls with, or if you are looking for utility and function, the DIY or professional should find the range and variety of wall solutions available.