NEW YORK—Save A Sample!, the New York-based design industry recycling drive, is expanding to more cities across the U.S. Design firms in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. will now be able to donate boxes of unneeded design materials to students at local design schools.
Started in 1999, Save A Sample! offers a solution to design firms overflowing with materials and to design students thirsting for them. Save a Sample! creates a "second life" for unused brochures, fabrics, finish cards and other samples from design firms throughout the country. This environmentally-friendly venture provides design colleges, schools, and arts organizations with materials for their resource libraries and classrooms. Save A Sample! also raises money for Resource Library Scholarships at participating design schools.
"We've always wanted to expand Save A Sample!’s reach to benefit a larger number of design firms and design students," says Suzanne Swift, Save A Sample!'s creator and president of SpecSimple.com. “With the help of industry sponsors and local furniture dealers, we will finally be able to do so."
"With more design firms around the country finding a good home for their samples, a greater number of design schools and their students are in for a treat," adds Swift.
In addition to distributing samples, Save a Sample! has set up a scholarship program for participating students and prizes for participating A&D firms. Supported by local chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Save A Sample! has collected over 10 tons of materials and raised over $50,000 in scholarships since its first drive in 1999. Last year's scholarships were distributed to the Art Institute, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Kean University, the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts.
Save a Sample!’s impact on the design world is noteworthy. According to Linda O’Shea, design chair at Kean University, "Save A Sample! offers our students access to the newest architectural materials and finish products available. I have seen a great improvement in terms of creativity, innovation and imagination on student materials and finish boards since being involved in this wonderful program. It is like Christmas morning in the design studios when the Save A Sample! boxes arrive at our school!"
This year's Save A Sample! drive runs from April 5-7th, 2011. For additional information about the program, please visit the organization’s website.