Now in its third year, The Architizer A+Awards are the definitive global architectural award venue, with 90+ categories and more than 300 judges. It’s an opportunity to be recognized among the best and the brightest in the profession. It covers everything from design projects to finished products.

I had lunch with a friend at one of my favorite noodle houses in Oakland yesterday: Noodle Theory. It is a small place with a small menu that is both well-loved and well-patronized. Owner Louise Kao’s concept is simple: get as many friends and family as you can in one room on any day, offer a reasonably priced, seasonal menu featuring noodle dishes from various Asian cultures, infused with elements of California cuisine—and enjoy some great food. That’s exactly what we did.

Smith & Fong’s Durapalm Deco Palm paneling product finds its way into many surprising locations, including the Japanese Consulate in San francisco, the Newsome Law Offices in Orlando and, most recently, Kansas City, Missouri’s City Hall Building. The Deco Palm product is made from 100% plantation reclaimed coconut palm and is both sustainable and strikingly beautiful. There’s some justice for you.

I remember when we first starting manufacturing and importing bamboo flooring in 1993, telling a friend that “one day you will see a house for sale and it will describe an interior with bamboo flooring.” I was convinced that this would happen then, and it has happened, but in ways both different and larger than I had imagined.

Angus Stocks, president of Smith & Fong, visited the Surfaces flooring show in Las Vegas last month to see new innovations and confirm that bamboo flooring still has a strong foothold in the market. While at the show Angus stopped by the Misura men’s clothing store in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino to review a Plyboo installation of Neopolitan flooring. After years of high-traffic use it looked—and was holding up—great. The high-contrasting colors and fine consistent striations that make up the distinctive Plyboo Neopolitan look are unique to Smith & Fong.

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