PlybooSquared makes a Cameo on TakePart.com

July 21, 2011 in Installations, Uncategorized

As you know, PlybooSquared was featured in the EcoFabulous Modern Living House in the Dwell on Design Show in Los Angeles last month. It was a wildly successful showing, and the media center made with Plyboosquared bamboo plywood and bamboo veneer got lots of attention; it even makes a cameo in this video featured on TakePart.com.

Inside Ecofabulous’ Modern Living Showhouse from TakePart on Vimeo.

The house was recently sold on Ebay to a lucky individual.

Contact sales@plyboo.com if you’re interested in purchasing PlybooSquared plywood or veneers. For flooring visit: www.plyboo.com/plyboodirect .

Plyboo in the Big Easy: 2011 AIA

May 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

Angus Stocks of Smith&Fong Co. was the envy of the office last week as he spent his days in steamy New Orleans for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2011 Convention.  Plyboo had a booth at the highly anticipated show in collaboration with our Southern affiliates.  It was a high energy event and one to remember. (All photos by: Sergei Hasegawa)

Smith&Fong Co. Booth at the AIA show after setup.

This close-up shot really details the Deco Palm Flooring.  The cabinetry in the shot is made with our Durapalm product.

Here’s a clearer view of what guest saw at the show when walking by.  You can see that the venue was massive!  Of course, this picture was taken before the madness began… the calm before the awesome.

Here’s a close up of a cabinet made with Plyboo’s edge grain bamboo plywood and next to it, you can see large samples of the product, including the Deco Palm plywood.  Notice the feeling of depth it gives.

What do you do with Plyboo Bamboo Flooring and Plywood?

April 18, 2011 in Interview

From time to time, we receive images of projects and installations of what individuals build with Plyboo’s plywood. It’s inspiring to see so much talent and such a diverse set of applications. Bamboo is such an incredible material, and very appropriate to utilitarian and aesthetic ends. Today’s post focuses on an incredible craftsman: Miro Buzov.

Plyboo: Miro, so that you know, I’m a huge fan of yours. I saw a photo of the wine rack and the cut-outs repurposed for coasters. Wow! Was it your original intention to do that?
Buzov: Nicole, thank you it means a lot to me. Yes it was my original intention to do that. It actually serves several purposes, the cut outs can be used as coasters but also give the guest of the cafe the option to touch and look at the material used for the cabinet. Another thing about this is, I always respect the money my customers invest in a project. In case of the cabinet which the referred wine rack is a part of, Durapalm was used and at it’s price point I feel my customer should get as much of the material they paid for.

Plyboo: Are there any designers in particular that you keep in mind when designing?
Buzov:I was born, raised and educated in Germany, there are many who influence my designs but not really anyone in particular. Generally said I prefer modern European designs and bamboo gives me the option to introduce warmth to designs which by others not familiar with this style often are referred to as minimalistic and cold. I find bamboo products to be the perfect medium to break through this barrier. And yes come to think of it, there is always Michael Cheng.  Love his stuff, not to mention what he does with concrete.

Plyboo: What attracted you to Plyboo’s materials?
Buzov: Gosh, I have to think back a long time. I don’t want to give false dates but it really all started sometimes in the early to mid 90′s when Plyboo introduced (or at least I found out about the company by then) flooring in Germany. I used Plyboo back then for flooring and early on I actually made my own plywood out of the flooring boards, as sheet goods where not offered at this time. I just simply love the look and feel of it. It machines well with any equipment I have, it finishes up with as little as just some oils if needed and is super durable. For sure, sustainability was a major factor as well, even so many years ago.

Plyboo: I saw what you did with the bar/cafe with the alternating color bands. Seriously, how did you do it? I’m in awe!
Buzov: I always keep every single little bit of material, so often I consider some waste from other jobs for new projects. I have been making counter tops and cutting boards for years using left over Plyboo plywood strips. So, for the drum design I decided to go into my stash of goods. We build a tapered form and individually glued on 3/8″ thick bands alternating amber and natural Plywood. It also took a lot of sanding to get it all to look right. Here again the strength of the material itself allowed us to build it this way.

Plyboo: Do you typically work with bamboo, or do you use other materials like metals and plastics?
Buzov: I work with all media. Wood, metal, plastic, glass, acrylics and concrete as well. In a nutshell anything out there can be turned into something, new or reclaimed it does not matter. I do however prefer to use Bamboo and wood. That said, for a long time there was not a big market for bamboo plywood, for example it was hard to turn customers onto something new. That likely also has something to do with the are of North Carolina I operate in. Some things just take a little longer to get here if you know what I mean.

Plyboo: Back to repurposing, do you typically use waste or design using as little material as possible?
Buzov: I don’t particularly design projects with using as little as possible in mind, often it is just simply not possible in order to create the right look. However, since I always use everything which is possibly usable. You could say it is a little of both.

Plyboo:Do you have any other projects in mind using Plyboo?
Buzov: Currently I am in the process of designing a Sushi bar as well as a Banquet/Event hall. Plyboo like always is my first choice of materials presented to my customers. I hope to be able to use it for both projects in some way or the other.

All photos were taken by Miro Buznov

Wine Wave and CabArt with Plyboo Bamboo Plywood

April 1, 2011 in Admin

Last winter, student Stefan Schildge at Savanah College of Art and Design presented to his class a beautifully modern, eco-friendly “wine shrine” using Plyboo Materials. He made it in a class focused on wood bending techniques from Michael Thonet’s steam bending and laminating to the ancient and modern uses for plywood, both bent and flat. He designed his Wine Wave with famous designers such as the Eames, Gustav Reitfeld, Sori Yanagi, Marcel Breuer, and Alvar Alto and their use of plywood, wisa board, and veneer in mind. Schildge chose Plyboo because it is a natural material made with sustainable practices.

“Bamboo’s natural characteristics, especially its flexibility, lend themselves perfectly to the large curve of the Wine Wave, both in function and aesthetic, ” say Schildge. He wasn’t the only designer to be inspired by two natural beauties, wine grapes and bamboo, HandsOn Woodworking, designed a functional and highly aesthetic WineSlide, the initial wine art offering from CabArt.

“’CabArt’ has been a wine art design concept in my mind for years. The designs have a heavy Scandinavian Contemporary Art Design Influence due to my numerous visits to Norway,” says designer Liz Rui. The WineSlide is a 15″ x 30″ x 6″ wine cabinet made entirely with eco-friendly materials and finishes. HandsOn Woodworking‘s WineSlides are available and can be reserved by phone at 704-892-7720 or online at www.handsonww.com.

Schildge is still a student at Savannah College of Art and Design and expects to graduate in Furniture Design in Spring of 2012. He chooses environmentally sounds solutions whenever possible and is currently experimenting with other materials such as plastics and metal. He doesn’t presently have a website (but I’ll post it as soon as it’s available).

Both Schildge and HandsOn do a great job of exploring equally functional and beautiful uses for Plyboo’s bamboo plywood. “Upon discovering Plyboo”, says Schildge,” “I learned of all the new methods for manufacturing and using bamboo, such as plywood production, flooring and veneer. Plyboo’s use of isocynate-based 0-VOC adhesive makes it an even more ideal material.”

Update: Stefan Schildge now has a website. Please visit stefanaugustus.com!

Custom Condo with Neopolitan Media Cabinet

August 25, 2010 in Guest writer

by guest writer Adam Crain, with dbd Studios, LLC

finished Nepolitan bamboo media cabinet

In late 2009, we had a dream client. He approached us with the intent of refurnishing his entire condo in Washington, D.C. with custom work. We were given leeway to design pretty much whatever we wanted, so we set our main focus on the two opposing walls in the living room. Our first project was an undulating, over-the-top bookshelf that ran along the entry wall. Our design for that wall included hardly any straight lines, so we looked at controlling the ‘chaos’ along the opposing TV wall with a formal, lineated piece.

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