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Tech textiles to furnishing fabric - (Less Bad is No Good)

Innovative layering method for textiles scraps to create furnishing fabrics suitable for acoustic panels, rugs, upholstery etc.

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By layering the fabric scraps with sustainably sourced backing materials, a strong and uniquely textured structure is created. Particular attention should be payed to the stitching patterns, which can reflect regional craft heritage.

Acoustic panel/rug/throw: Specifically for small space living, this multi purpose object can be adapted to the needs of the home dweller. For example as a striking tapestry in a rental room that also helps to damped the sound of next door.

Upholstery: The multiple layers on this fabric create a strong and durable fabric, suitable for covering objects such as chairs and footstools.

At the end of life, the stitching can be removed and the whole construction disassembled into it’s separate parts -  suitable for reuse.

LESS BAD IS NO GOOD - the ultimate goal is for this product to be designed out, for it’s material source to not exist when Nike become fully circular.

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Mixed Apparel Textile
  • Mixed Footwear Textile

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

Base layer: sustainably sourced heavyweight linen Top layer: Nike tech fabric scraps Stitching: Heavyweight cotton (Additional top sandwich layer of linen required for upholstery)

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

Visual representations created from a sample made from Nike Grind materials.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

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

Acoustic panel/rug/throw: Young renters who want to add a personal touch to bland room, whilst improving the warmth and soundproof qualities of their room. Upholstery: Small scale furniture makers looking for innovative and unique fabrics to upholster their pieces, at a small cost.

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

I would make use of the large network of makers with a diverse heritage in the UK to submit stitching patterns. These would be regionally available once scaled into manufacture. I envision the collaboration of large businesses like Nike with smaller makers to drive the personalisation of this product. This would ultimately be a limited run of products, as Nike design out their waste completely.

How is your idea innovative?

The combination of traditional stitching technique and high tech fabric creates a new textural experience. As well as using Nike materials in a completely different way than they were first intended.

What inspired this idea?

I have a passion for playing with the structure of fabric to create new and exciting forms, and to experiment with the inherent flexibility of textiles.

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

My name is Hannah Smith, I’m a sustainable designer

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


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

Access to more Nike grind materials will allow me to experiment with the qualities of the fabrics. Support from Nike will aid me in scaling this to a manufacturable level.


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