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Materials-Focused Works by Sam Linders

Design Academy graduate Sam Linders presented two new, materials-focused designs during Dutch Design Week this year. Take a look.

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Wobble-Up is designed for those wanting an adaptable living environment. The carpet squares easily transform into “wobbling” spots for sitting on the floor when needed. Linders takes mechanically punched plastic squares and embroiders them into colorful patterns that fit together into a mosaic carpet or the clever seat. Wobble-Up was Linders’ graduation project.

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Soft Blues is a project that takes the shavings from tanned leather fibers and reuses them to create other things. With natural resources running out, recycling and reusing materials is key. Leather is a precious, yet durable material and it produces fiber shavings when it’s tanned. Normally the shavings go to waste, but Linders sought ways to use them in different ways that focus on the material itself. The goal was to show the different surfaces and shapes that can be made from the wet blue shavings, some of which give the appearance of stone or marble.

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Wobble-Up photos by Sam Linders and Sjors Kanters.
Soft Blues photos by Sam Linders.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.