Our Hardest Floor Gets Glamourous

December 8, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring

There are six color offerings for Stiletto Strand Bamboo Flooring listed from left to right: Brushed Havana, Brushed Sahara, Cerused Eclipse, Cerused Espresso, Cerused Pearl, and Cerused Taupe.

Your boots were made for walking all over our Stiletto strand bamboo floors.  Stiletto is as fashion forward as you are, and it’s just as tough. Its timelessness, however, doesn’t end with its attractiveness. Stiletto is built to stand up to whatever you put down.

The need to design a bamboo floor that shattered the stereotypes has arrived.  Being strong wasn’t enough, this new floor had to be striking.  On one hot New York City day, Stiletto was born.  This floor takes bamboo flooring to the next level with its color, texture and style.

Stiletto is a 100% bamboo floor made using strand technology.  It’s more than 2 times the hardness of red oak.  Don’t let Stiletto’s luxuriousness fool you. It’s urea formaldehyde-free for better indoor air quality

Product Attributes:

  • Strand bamboo composite flooring
  • 7 Coat Poly and Seal Finish
  • No added urea formaldehyde resin system
  • Dimensions: 9/16” x 5” x 72”
  • Weight: 70lbs/box
  • Strength: 3500 psi
  • Passes CA Section 01350 Emissions Standards
  • See CSI for ASTM Test Results
  • Visit www.plyboo.com for warranty details

Good things come in pairs.  Combine Stiletto with an underlayment system to fit your installation needs.

Stiletto is commercial grade flooring, ideal for your business. Stiletto flooring is the toughest around. When this tough as nails floor is paired with PlybooFit for Retail underlayment system, incredible things happen. The system’s ¼” recycled rubber pad absorbs shock which will give your employees relief when in long-standing situations. Stiletto paired with PlybooFit for Retail subfloor system is a popular choice in salons, cafes, and retail establishments.

Living in a condo or shared space? Stiletto is for you.
Stiletto flooring is twice as strong as your old floor, and 5 times as stylish. Whether you like entertaining guests, have a family, or pets, Stiletto can stand up to whatever you toss at it. In multi-family living situations, we suggest pairing Stiletto with PlybooQuiet, an acoustic reduction subfloor system. PlybooQuiet absorbs the pitter patter of not so little feet, and all the knocks of your busy life.

 

GreenBuild 2011

October 13, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring

For 3 days, booth  #5239S was home to Plyboo’s best and brightest reps.  Representatives from Smith & Fong Co. and its Canadian distributor, Taproot were there to meet sustainability enthusiasts in the most anticipated tradeshow of the year.  Thousands came out to see what’s new in environmentally friendly products, and Plyboo did not disappoint.

The brand officially presented Soybond to an eager audience, with its bamboo panel products and flooring. The subranded Soybond products were a big hit amongst attendees at Greenbuild who had many questions about the new designation.

Soybond, a proprietary manufacturing system, is the designation for Plyboo products made with soy adhesives. As of summer 2011, the full line of PlybooPure (no urea-formaldehyde) bamboo flooring and bamboo plywood, as well PlybooSport bamboo sport flooring are manufactured as SoyBond.

The Soybond process takes a lot of complications out of manufacturing and in the end uses a formaldehyde free adhesive that’s more natural.  The end result is naturally formaldehyde free bamboo flooring and plywood, not to mention, yet another innovation for the Plyboo brand. Plyboo bamboo plyboard and bamboo floors that are Soybond manufactured will have this logo:

 

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.

Plyboo Bamboo Sport Flooring

August 12, 2011 in Bamboo Flooring, Installations

Get to know Plyboo Bamboo Sport Flooring with this informative video!

 

Interview with Kari Whitman

August 5, 2011 in Interview

Smith & Fong Co. did an exclusive interview with celebrity interior designer, Kari Whitman. In the interview, she outlines tips, tricks, and inspiration to incorporate her design aesthetic into you daily life.  To learn more about Kari, visit her website at: www.kariwhitmaninteriors.com.

Smith & Fong Co.: I read that you were an early adapter to environmentally focused interior design. What got you interested in this? When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

Kari Whitman: I’m from Bolder Colorado, a Tree Hugger Hippie, there’s no other way to be. I’ve never NOT been green. To recycle and reuse, even for a modern sleek home, I find pieces to redo, mix old with new, to find more personality in diversity. Older products are typically made with better ethics and better quality materials. I bring things down to the wood frame and re cover them.

SF: I first became acquainted with your work after seeing what you did with the home of Jessica Alba. Was she initially interested in green design or is it something you were able to explore together?

KW: She hired me because of my green knowledge. She understands sustainability and she will do everything she can to be non toxic. Jessica knows the value of creating a healthy home and worked with me to promote her standards through a designer’s aesthetic.

SF: What were the aims in the Alba home? Indoor Air Quality? Using rapidly renewable materials. What were the two of you going after when you collaborated on her home?

KW: Mold testing is a standard for about 65% of the homes, especially for a baby’s room. There are many issues about vocs (volatile organic compounds). So everything down to cleaning supplies was an issue. No quick fixes using chemicals. For maintenance, we used a combination of hemp oil, vegetable oil, and a splash of tea tree — wipe and clean everything, even on wood floors, they look great.

SF: I read in an interview not too long ago where you mentioned our Durapalm product (thanks by the way!) What drew you to it initially and what made you feel it was a product worthy of recommending by name?

KW: Plyboo is easy to work with as a company, has the most variation with different dimensions, and a large variety of products. I’m obsessed with Durapalm and it’s many ways of being used, along with coconut palm products having so many textures and tones. I love all the different grains. It is a sleek, yet gives an organic feel, but it can also look modern. Because it has a sleek look, I love to add metals to create a balance and harmony.

SF: Which projects did you use our products in? Do any come to mind? I am currently working on an estate, in Texas. We are creating furniture pieces with Plyboo, and possibly incorporating flooring. We might even use some of the materials to create an indoor and an outdoor look. In Aspen, with Tony Banderas’ house, I am using Plyboo to modernize a very rustic cabin to have a better balanced feeling.

KW: What challenges do you face when suggesting ecologically friendly building materials to homeowners? Challenges with manufacturers are finding those who are actually green and meet high sustainable standards. I want to use smaller companies, who are passionate. I do a background check to make certain they live up to what they say. Also getting a client to understand that green products can be sleek and modern.

SF: I see that you have a pretty large influence in green design, and you’re covered quite heavily in popular magazines. What advice would you have for a homeowner interested in making more environmentally sound design decisions — improving indoor air quality for instance? What advice do you have for renters?

KW: Find pieces of furniture, which are timeless. Also refurbish, reuse and give another life to a product. Take a chair and gut it. Perhaps use a beautiful royal blue fabric with cream piping. You can after five years take that same chair and use a silver grey fabric with nail heads and create an entirely different look. There are fantastic green no voc paints. I like AFM Safecoat. Take a few of their vibrant colors, add some lighting at lamps plus (a store known for green products, kooky and funky with a bit of hollywood glam). Find a few pieces of lighting, add some timeless pieces of furniture, use a Plyboo woven palm panel in a key place, and you have great design. It does not have to put you into debt to make your space sleek and well designed.

SF: Which eco-focused media do you follow? Any blogs in particular?

KW: I read the Bolder Magazine, Bolder Daily Camera, my home town is so profound they seem to be one step in front of everyone else. They even started their own sustainable place, Boulder Sustainability Network. CU has an education center which is tremendous. Dwell is great for ideas. Also Solar Row, reading from my roots, listen to lectures from CU sustainability project.

SF: Do you feel it’s difficult to transition into running a sustainable household?

KW: Not at all. Once you take steps, starting with cleaning solutions, fabrics, carpets — they all add up to a better organic aesthetic. You can feel the healthy environment. it becomes evident!

SF: I noticed that you’ve also done commercial design, and even have extended your brand to designing pet spaces. Is there any one area you feel people should really reconsider impact on their immediate environment when making their design to-do lists?

KW: Design with Paws in Mind, my book, is in the works. Pets and children, should use durable, non-toxic products. Chemicals and petroleum based products interact with pets and kids. I recommend when working with Don Henley when they were expecting their child, to look at all household cleaners. We also made certain that no carpet or other materials on the floors were going to be toxic. As we researched chemicals used in carpet I became more ware of how unhealthy carpet can be with all the added chemicals for stain resistance and simple binders they use for backing. Kids and pets are so interactive with materials that we focused on natural organic flooring and coverings. Also, take a look at Greener Pup Dog Beds. Remember use natural products, meaning few chemically developed fragrances and harsh solutions. The more simple it is the better.

SF: What would you like to see happen with the future of interior design?

KW: I’d like to see mandatory laws to really guide. I’d also like for sustainability not be a trend but a reality, from fad to a way of life. We should figure out a way for really green companies to be noticed and validated and be successful.

The views expressed are those of the interviewee and may not necessarily reflect the views and policies of Smith & Fong Co.