What to Do With Extra FLOR Tiles and Carpet Samples

We've been big fans of FLOR carpet tiles for ages now...they've proven to be a renter's affordable solution for our small home office, our stairway and soon, our living room, at a relatively modest cost. But what's equally impressive is what people have dreamt up as alternative uses for FLOR and other remnant carpet pieces around the home. Ample Sample is a site/annual contest dedicated to ideas illustrating how to "upcycle" the more than 700,000 carpet samples that are shipped to architects and interior designers each year into purposeful goods. Here are some of our current favs from last year's entries...

Our favourites in order above, some with instructions to make your own:

  1. The Rug Dish by MEYLENSTEIN (Tanja Meyle)
  2. Tulip Recycling Bin by Alesa Rubendall (Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC)
  3. pLoP ‘n’ pLaY Children's Activity Center by GS&P; Interiors, Birmingham
  4. mag rac by Erika Blank (Student- Utah State University)
  5. shoe REstore by Michelle Keeven (Lawrence Group)
  6. Accent Light by Man Tam
  7. Suspen(d)se by Jim Pinter/Mike Ritzenthaler
  8. Fil-a-ment Pendant Lamp by Aaron Petersen
  9. Carpet Sqr’d Chair by Rahman Polk (Azara Design Lab)
  10. Carpet Pet House by Helder Santos

Ample Sample is currently calling out for entries for their 2009 competition, and interested parties can enter here to be qualified to be showcased at NeoCon 2009 and featured on the website with blueprints and instructions for public consumption.