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Cool Idea: Ample Sample

Ample Sample challenges architects, interior designers, and home decorators alike to "Rethink. Reuse. Upcycle," and repurpose the carpet samples that they test for their homes and projects (and which are otherwise "destined for the dumpster") to make a design product from the carpet specimen. Creatives transform their carpet samples into design ideas, making a fixture, furnishing, or personal accessory meant for much more than a soft place to step your feet. Winning designs of annual Ample Sample contests are judged on criteria of aesthetics, purpose, ease of creation, creativity, durability, number/volume of carpet samples used, and promoted at NeoCon World’s Trade Fair 2008. I love how the contest brings attention to something oft overlooked and ignored as environmental waste. What other household items can you try to repurpose? Plastic bags? Scrabble letters? Light bulbs?

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anne_ anne_ 9 years
Great picture.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
I love anything that encourages repurposing.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I can't tell you how many carpet samples my old boss used to order just for a single project. We would have a pile that was probably 3' high. And she would just toss it in the dumpster. Then when she wanted to use one of the carpets again she ordered another sample. I tried getting her to think about her actions, but it was useless. I did have an idea of having the big carpet companies ban together and make a central sample drop off location for designers and architects. Have a space somewhere downtown and allow any samples from any manufacturers to be deposited. Its 1000 times easier then remembering to save the box. Call to get it picked up from fedex and return it to them.
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