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SAMPLED. Sustainable Office Furniture

SAMPLED. is a line of premium office furniture made from NIKE Grind materials.

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SAMPLED. is a line of sustainable office furniture made from NIKE Grind materials including Rubber Granulate and Fiber Fluff. The initial line of furniture includes:

  • Work tables

  • Chairs

  • Coffee tables

  • Spatial dividers

The hard surfaces are a combination of bamboo and a compound formed from resin and the Rubber Granulate. Plush cushions will also be added using the Fiber Fluff as a filler.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

USC Iovine & Young Academy

Website (if applicable)

iovine-young.usc.edu

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Granulate
  • EVA Foam Injection Scraps
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • EVA Foam Components
  • Footwear Fiber "Fluff"
  • Full Grain Leather Scraps
  • Split Leather Scraps Coated
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

There will be two types of material usage: resin casted & stuffing. Hard surfaces will be made from casting the granulated material such as the Rubber Granulate in resin. This technique will be used for the tabletops, chair seats/backs, and other structural components. By varying the ratio of granulate particulates to resin, a number of different structural properties can be achieved (density, strength, flexibility). As we prototype molds for the resin casting, we also anticipate that we can create more complex curved shapes for more ergonomic designs for seating. This process is similar to https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/nike-design-with-grind/ideas/nike-grind-composite-board Nike Grind materials will be incorporated as composite substrates in resin and cast materials. In this way, we can turn amorphous material sets into controlled hard surfaces and materials to be milled, cut or formed into whatever shapes fit our needs. As such, simple planes and surfaces can construct tables and chairs. With the addition of soft Nike Grind materials (textiles, fluff etc) we can add upholstery and soft goods overlays to any number of the hard products. This includes surface padding to chairs ottoman covers for coffee tables etc. The other technique we will use is stuffing. Any of the plush surfaces will be stuffed with recycled fluff or scrap material. This involves taking a fabric casing and filling it with Fiber Fluff. This technique can be used for cushions, but by using denser materials, also for weighting (by filling hollow areas with the heaviest granulated material). For example, the base of the coffee table could be weighted with Rubber Granulate. Together, we’ve estimated that up to 50% of the raw material from the office furniture line will be NIKE Grind materials, and as we develop and refine the casting methodology, we can increase that ratio further.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

We are targeting medium-to-large sized companies that purchase office furniture on a large scale (e.g. not buying chairs and desks one at a time for each new employee). Office furniture currently has high-profit margins, so while our increased manufacturing costs may lower our profit margin, we can still compete with big names like SteelCase and Herman Miller.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

The will be 2 main channels of sales. One will be direct to the customer, through our online storefront. The online storefront will allow customers to customize the orders based on the availability of NIKE Grind materials in real time to match whatever space they are buying for. The second will be through established furniture vendors. Medium-to-large sized companies often have approved vendors that they buy their office furniture through, and are often the only places that they can buy furniture from in certain circumstances. These vendors typically resell name brand furniture like Steelcase and Herman Miller as well as lesser known brands. Our objective will be to get listed in the vendors’ catalogs that get distributed to companies, giving us a wide potential market distribution.

How is your idea innovative?

We are capitalizing on a corporate desire to maintain an eco-friendly image, bringing recycled furniture into a new market. Businesses have the resources to invest in bulk recycled furniture, which will lead to faster and more widespread adoption. Additionally, the uniformity but fun look that comes with the design based on Nike Grind materials is appealing to corporate offices which desire cohesion and visual attraction. In the end, our sustainable brand offers something new to the space.

What inspired this idea?

We were inspired to make office furniture because we saw it as a market ripe for disruption from a powerful brand identity driven by both style and sustainability. Office furniture is a commodity, and we believe we can deliver our own unique approach based on sustainability and branding.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

We are a group of 5 students (1 graduating) from the USC Iovine & Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. Between us, our talents include mechanical engineering, product design, and venture management in startups.

In what city are you located?

Los Angeles

In what country are you located?

USA

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

Becoming a Top Idea will allow us to fund the research & development of our concept further. It will also help prove the validity of our idea to any investors we approach for further financing our startup.

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I like the variety of furniture made from the Nike Grinds. Is the chair follows any ergonomics standards?

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