The brand concept came together one day in Bangkok over spicy salad and cold beers with old friends. With local knowledge in our corner and experience on our side, we dug into what we might come from such raw storytelling.
That's when we decided to take a jump into a deep unknown. Making bespoke products out of old things was nothing new, but adventuring through the intracoastal waterways of Thailand to buy vintage boats was. So was organizing a labor force, project plan, and actually getting something like this done.
Fortunately, we had the right people to work with and it all more or less went according to schedule. The boat owners looked at us like we were crazy and so did the owner of the boatyard we offered to pay to take this boat apart. Eventually, we made our point and everyone got to work.
At this point we had our minds focused on other (much smaller) products to make from the boat. When we finally got it all organized and saw how much wood we had, it became real clear we needed another perspective if we were actually going to use up this 18 meter boat.
Fast forward a few brainstorming sessions over sticky mango rice and cold Leo beer, and the idea sort of just laid itself out to us...Wood Flooring. That might just do the trick.
One thing that got prioritized real quick...build it better, more sustainable and don't hide this wood's well earned patina, show it off.
And thats how Kudmai Wood was born, or reborn. Kudmai means "Reborn" in Thai language. These floors are reborn from vintage boats to bring their story of a life on the sea to your next sustainable building project.