Design Philadelphia

October 19, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring

There’s no better time to be in Philadelphia because for 10 days, the most thought provoking, useful, and innovative design will be on display at Design Philadelphia 2011 hosted across several local venues.  The event kicked off on Thursday, October 13th and will continue until Sunday, October 23rd.

Smith & Fong Co., the makers of Plyboo, along with EcoSupply and Fessenden Hall Inc. sponsored the talented design students of Philadelphia University earlier in 2011 with a challenge to build artwork, furnishings, or whatever they could imagine that highlighted the qualities of Plyboo’s bamboo plywood. An awards night was held by Fessenden Hall Inc.’s Center for Architecture on Saturday, October 15th for the participating sophomores.

The students work emphasized the grain and workability of the bamboo plywood products, particularly Plyboo’s edge grain orientation bamboo plywood.

Below are a few of the amazing completed products of the students who took up Fessenden Hall and Eco Supply’s Plyboo Design Challenge.

Here’s Marty Perkins standing next to his design.

Detail shot of Mr. Perkins’s Plyboo bamboo chair


“Oko” lamps by Christian Loos

This “PlybooBloom” chair was designed by Kubarius Kerner

The Rock-a-Boo Rocking Chair by Kristina Gaudio

Michael Shannon’s “Lotus Lamp”

“Apollo” folding screen by Steven Metzner

“Chi-eez” Lounge chair by Dante Porcelli

Christian Ost’s “Sunburst” lamp

Special thanks to:
Lyn Godly, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, Philadelphia University: School of Design and Engineering
Mark Havens, Associate Professor, Industrial Design, Philadelphia University: School of Design and Engineering
Michael J. Leonard, Interim Academic Dean, Philadelphia University: School of Design and Engineering
The Students in Spring 2011 Design II, Philadelphia University: School of Design
ECO Supply Center
Fessenden Hall Incorporated