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Ample Sample Launches Fifth Annual Design Challenge

The competition challenges designers to find new uses for retired carpet samples; the winner will be showcased at this year's NeoCon show


Ample Sample Launches 5th Design Challenge

Steven Rothe's CynchStool won the 2010 competition. A classic combination of form and function, this stool can meet realistic stresses while weighing less than 30% of a comparable design of solid carpet tile. It is also completely recyclable at the end of its life span.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Ample Sample, the design contest challenging designers to upcycle retired carpet samples into useful goods, has launched its fifth year of competition. The contest calls on the design community to rethink the carpet samples monopolizing their resource libraries and reimagine them as raw materials for other purposeful objects. The finalists will be showcased at NeoCon World’s Trade Fair 2011 and featured on the Ample Sample Facebook page and website, complete with blueprints and instructions for building their designs.

Each year hundreds of thousands of carpet samples are spec’d for projects around the world. Every sample, like the product, is composed of high performance materials for durability, beauty and strength—essential qualities for a multitude of design applications. But when the project is complete, too many of these quality samples end up in local landfills. Ample Sample urges designers to “Read Between the Stack” and develop alternative uses for these bits of quality textile.

Last year, the judges selected “Cynch Stool” by Steven Rothe as the 2010 challenge winner. Rothe’s functioning prototype was featured at NeoCon World's Trade Fair along with other finalists, “Parabitat” by Rob and Stacey Crawshaw and “House for Flowers” by Alexandru Andrusca Antonel.

Judges for Ample Sample 2011 include Royce Epstein from Kling Stubbins; Christian Rushing from Kennedy, Coulter, Rushing & Watson; and Keisha Banks from Spartan Surfaces. Winning designs will be judged upon criteria of aesthetics, purpose, ease of creation, creativity, durability and number/volume of carpet samples used.

Complete criteria for designs, instructions for entries, and previous years’ winners and finalists are available at The contest is open to architects, interior designers, students and designers of all disciplines. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. on May 25, 2011.

About Tricycle:
Tricycle launched a transformation of the interiors industry in 2002, with design tools and services using digital product simulation to eliminate wasted time, money and natural resources. Since then, the company has earned international design and sustainable leadership honors. Tricycle is committed to bettering economic, environmental and social profitability for manufacturers in the commercial and hospitality sectors of the interiors industry.