Giving Samples a Whole New Purpose

By Matthew


In its 11th year Spec Simple’s Save a Sample drive went national and reached even more deserving design students! The mission of Save a Sample is to collect unused brochures, flooring, textiles and any other samples left over at design firms and donate them to accredited design schools across the country. Previously only the New York schools benefitted from this great cause, but this year Spec Simple was able to reach out to schools nationwide, letting many more students reap the benefits of this would-be trash. In addition, generous manufacturer sponsors have contributed funds towards a scholarship. Having collected more than $50,000 over the years, even more aspiring designers dreams have come true. This year Danielle Galland accepted the scholarship on behalf of Parsons the New School and Lovejoy Duryea for SVA. To add to the fun, Spec Simple awarded six “Top Boxers,” who were picked based on their ability to put together a creative and exciting combination of samples in the boxes their firms gave out. This year winners included Nicole Moudis of Ted Moudis Associates, Mallory Ortman of daSILVA Architects and Lauren Haber of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, taking home some fabulous prizes such as Stighansen’s IQ Light and Kohler’s Karbon Kitchen Faucet. With over a decade under its belt, the Save A Sample drive has clearly made a name for itself. Design firms, such as HOK, SOM and TPG Architecture, have begun collecting their samples all year around, in anticipation of the annual event. We’re sure this drive will only be getting bigger and better and wish it continued success in the years to come!

1. Nicole Moudis (Ted Moudis Associates) wins Hightower's Scribble chair. 2. Jana Van Singel and Courtney Sempliner (STUDIOS Architecture) wins Humanscale's Diffrient World Chair. 3. Mallory Ortman (daSILVA Architects) wins Stighansen's IQ Light. 4. Eileen Ragsdale (TPG Architects) wins Kohler's Karbon Kitchen Faucet. 5. Lauren Haber (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP) wins BriteObjects's Webble: Active Footrest. 6. Kaleena Brzozowski (HOK) wins the UM Project's Country/City Light.

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