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Looking down the palm road for 2017, we are in the process of developing a palm research program with Oregon State University, one of the premier wood science research universities in North America.

Since 2000, the Brower Youth Awards has recognized outstanding young leaders who are making strides in the environmental and social justice movement. Under the umbrella of the New Leaders Initiative, the Brower Youth Awards provide an elevated platform to showcase and honor the accomplishments of young leaders. 

Each year, six young people based in North America are awarded this prize, joining a growing and diverse group of green leaders who are publicly recognized for their sustainable projects, innovative ideas, and informed actions.

Though not well understood in modern design circles, palm has been used for interior design applications in tropical environments from the Pacific Islands to India, Africa and the Caribbean for centuries. However, a few western designers as far back as the 1900s have explored this mysterious, unpredictable and curious material.

As some of you might know, palm is not new to Smith & Fong. Our work in palm began in 2001 with the development of the resource; subsequently learning our way around this fascinating and little understood non-wood material.

Since then, we have steadily grown our palm program with successful installations at The San Diego Central Library, Aveda Corporation, the Japanese Consulate, Hotel W, Starbucks, UCSF, and the Kansas City City Hall Building, to feature a few.

Several Reveal Collection C5 panels have found a prominent place in the redevelopment of the Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel (formerly the Palm & Fountain Terrace Hotel), the fourth Disney hotel to operate in Japan; this one a simple, casual property designed specifically for families travelling together.