Kitchen of the Year 2012

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Designed with award-winning flair, Michael Bright, of Bright Wood Works, Inc. took cues from the existing space and delivered a solution with style and an eco-friendly edge. Using Smith & Fong® Durapalm® Edge Grain Coconut Palm, Designer Michael Bright creates a warm earthy appearance that supports the natural palette of materials selected for this project. Paired with Richlite countertops, the aesthetic is streamlined and contemporary. “It’s so easy for minimalism to become cold,” said Bright. “So we chose our materials carefully in order to counterbalance that.” Speaking of the coconut palm paneling, Bright remarks: “It’s one of those things that everyone wants to touch. They also all want to hear the story of where it comes from.”

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St. Petersburg, Florida
Bright Wood Works Inc.
LEED Credits: 
Possible LEED Credits: IEQc4.4: Low Emitting Materials CA Section 01350: Passed Other: No added urea formaldahyde

Physical / Mechanical Properties - Durapalm Edge Grain Palm Plywood


3/4” x 36” x 72” 19mm x 914 x 1830mm


Three-ply, cross core construction.

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ASTM E84: Surface Burning

Class B

ASTM D1037 Dimensional Stability:

  • Linear Expansion: Parallel -0.09%, Perpendicular -0.04%
  • Thickness Swell: -0.82% average
  • Screw Hold (face / back / edge):
  • 346 lbs. / 312 lbs. / 250 lbs.

ASTM D4442: Moisture Content:

6-9% average

ASTM D5116-06: Organic Emissions [CA Section 01350]

Classroom scenario / Office scenario: Pass / Pass