Ample Sample Design Contest Promotes Capet Sample Reuse

April 16, 2007

Chattanooga, TN – Bentley Prince Street Inc., Floor Focus magazine and Tricycle® have teamed up on Ample Sample 2007, a design contest open to entry until May 15.

More than 700,000 carpet samples will ship this year, helping architects and interior designers move closer to choosing the perfect carpet for installation into their projects. Too often, after they have served their purpose, samples are not sent back to the manufacturer for recycle or reuse and are destined for the dumpster (and ultimately America's landfills). Even with the development of SIM from Tricycle to reduce the number of samples, which is in use at Bentley Prince Street, physical samples are still important design tools, for final product selection and client presentations.

Ample Sample 2007 challenges designers to "Rethink. Reuse. Upcycle", and repurpose these samples, after their usefulness to a design project. Recycled materials became valid design elements only because designers chose to see them as such. The same could be true of carpet samples, which are beautiful, fashion-forward, high-performance pieces of textile.

Entrants will create designs that transform samples into a beautiful and/or functional fixture, piece of furniture, or any interior product a designer can create. Winners will be promoted at NeoCon® and in Floor Focus, and will have plans of their design posted for free to forward-thinking designers around the world.

For more information and to enter, visit

About Bentley Prince Street
Based in Los Angeles County, CA, Bentley Prince Street is a leading manufacturer of commercial carpet for corporate, healthcare, hospitality, institutional, residential and retail interiors. All Bentley Prince Street brands are defined by leadership in product design, style, customer service and sustainable practices. Bentley Prince Street is continually searching for improvements to compete successfully in a more environmentally aware marketplace and to develop new process and product innovations that will contribute to its Mission Zero™ goal of zero environmental footprint by the year 2020. Bentley Prince Street is a subsidiary of Interface Inc., a global provider of floor coverings and textiles for commercial interiors. For more information, visit

About Floor Focus
Floor Focus
is a monthly magazine of analysis and education for the floor covering industry's interconnected business sectors: retailers, distributors, contract dealers, manufacturers, architects, designers and commercial end users. More information can be found at

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. In the four years since, 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.

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