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For those of you who work in a professional design office, you know how quickly we become inundated with samples of all sorts. From rubber to glass and everything in-between, we can’t help but find ourselves on the receiving end of sample shipments, momentarily entranced by the possibilities of their novelty. A recent contest sponsored by carpet manufacturers Bentley Prince Street and Tricycle resulted in some of the best examples of upcycling we’ve seen in a while: from wine carriers to benches, these designers took to the task of finding real, new uses for their excess carpet samples. The winner of the contest was the Rugburm lounge chair, pictured above, designed by a group at RSA. The design incorporates 42 samples and takes advantage of their flexible and weight bearing properties. <a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/Inhabitat/Interiors;article=articlename;kw=content1;sz=300x250;ord=123456789?"
About This Project “Used carpet and rugs generate around 2.6 million tons of waste per year” Can one or two recycled carpet tiles change the course of a smilingly endless waste stream? Design objects that maximize the reuse and recycling of discarded resources are our goal.