NY Gift Shows – Exploring the Market

August 16, 2018 |

As Submaterial continues to develop new product lines, we’ve begun looking into ways to break into the gift market.  While we design a new category of residential products, we’re excited to share some of the experiences along the way. NY…

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Create & Curate by Knoll

July 9, 2018 |

Studio Transformation Earlier this month, our studio transformed from an active production line to a neatly arranged venue space for Create & Curate, a Knoll design event. Hosted at Submaterial, Create & Curate attracted local designers and architects and allowed…

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Submaterial Attends ICFF

June 5, 2018 |

2018 ICFF The 30th Annual NYC International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) brought in over 36,000 attendees and almost 900 exhibitors from the design industry earlier this month. This four-day platform for international design connects professionals from the industries of building,…

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Submaterial studio pups with wool felt

Pets in the Workplace

May 15, 2018 |

Company culture is an important aspect to consider when choosing where to spend a forty-hour work-week. One unique benefit to working at Submaterial is the ability to bring pets to the studio on a regular basis. Often times, people want…

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Wool Felt Dog Toys

April 17, 2018 |

Over the past few years, our dogs have been stealing strips of wool felt from our fabrication areas. Inspired by their love for felt, we began making simple knots in scrap and turning them over to our dogs. Although we’ve…

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Local Design Community

April 3, 2018 |

This year, Submaterial is increasing local brand awareness. Working with world-class companies like Google, Knoll, and Gensler, it is time to connect with our local design community in our home state. We are reaching out to Albuquerque’s top design firms,…

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Southwest Creations Collaborative logo with Submaterial Figure no. 1 wallcovering image background.

Southwest Creations Collaborative

March 15, 2018 |

In today’s age, we finally see communities pulling together in support of women. In honor of International Women’s Day last week, and National Women’s History Month, we want to highlight a local company providing women an opportunity to utilize trade-skills,…

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The Life of Wool Felt

February 15, 2018 |

Wool felt comes from sheep’s fleece, which is pressed tightly into a sheet fabric while applying moisture. Since it is a 100% natural material, wool felt is biodegradable and rapidly renewable. A common question we hear at Submaterial is, “can…

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2017 Design Trends

January 15, 2018 |

With a new year, we naturally think of the future and how we’re going to tackle the next twelve months. Although we are definitely looking forward, we want to share 2017’s top selling design, largest order, and common color selections….

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women in design logo over submaterial wool felt wall panel design

Women in Design: Holiday Auction

December 11, 2017 |

Volunteer-driven, Women in Design is an organization dedicated to supporting women in the design industry. Established in 2012, the group immediately drew in over 75 women from various design backgrounds. WiD hosts regular events to encourage networking, mentorship, and education…

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Doggie Dash & Dawdle – Community Involvement

November 7, 2017 |

For Submaterial, this year has been about networking and outreach. Throughout the year, we have been initiating donations to many important causes, both financially and through material donation. We have also been making conscious effort to get to know designers in…

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wool felt dog wig on submaterial studio dog

Spooky Scraps

October 31, 2017 |

Halloween at Submaterial is a fun opportunity for employees to utilize scrap material for original costume designs. Many employees make their own costumes, incorporating our scraps of wool felt in a variety of colors. Since employees are experienced in the…

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wall panel designs in white, blue and red

Form, Function & Acoustic Design

October 23, 2017 |

Acoustics are important in every space, whether in a home, office, retail space, or even outdoors. By minimizing unwanted noise, one can focus on the sounds or conversations intended for the respective programmatic design. HOW SOUND WORKS Minimizing sound is…

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Local Industry: Molecule Design

September 8, 2017 |

In the design industry, the local market plays a key role in success, as presence encourages other designers, provides jobs in the design field, and it keeps money turning in the local economy. Submaterial began its involvement with the local…

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ABQ “Local Art Hive”

August 9, 2017 |

As a normal byproduct of any fabrication and design studio, scrap material is always looking for ways to be transformed into something new. Submaterial typically generates felt and cork scraps, and we thoroughly enjoy finding creative organizations who can distribute…

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meet the submaterial team

May 5, 2017 |

Submaterial thrives as a direct result of the enduring commitment of our staff to an extraordinary level of craftsmanship. We are so grateful for the efforts of this talented group of makers and we’d like to share some of their…

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learn through play

January 20, 2017 |

Here at Submaterial, we believe and appreciate the process of learning, the importance of making, and the value of helping members of our community come together. Through a partnership with a local program called Wemagination, we are proud to donate…

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submaterial awarded best of year by interior design magazine

November 6, 2014 |

Thank you Interior Design Magazine for recognizing our Figure no. 2 wool felt and cork wall covering as the best fabric wall covering of the year! The 9th annual Best of the Year Awards received more than 2000 submissions, so we are definitely feeling the love….

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chaircuterie 2014

October 18, 2014 |

While Submaterial has often participated in the Design After Dark events benefiting the Design Council programs of the Denver Art Museum, we were very excited to be selected for the new Chaircuterie event. One hundred creatives were asked to craft 25 full-size chairs, 50 miniature chairs and 25 two-dimensional chair…

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fall newsletter 2014

October 7, 2014 |

New Products – Inspired by urban and agricultural land forms as seen from the air, the new Aerial wall panel from Submaterial softens harsh acoustics with its dimensional surface of wool felt and natural cork. Hand-cut, commercial quality wool felt is meticulously assembled on a…

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aerial wall panel 6.3.14

June 3, 2014 |

We’ve been busy in the Submaterial studio exploring prototypes for our fall product releases. One of our favorites is this new wool felt and cork wall panel we have decided to call Aerial (since the surface reminds us of aerial land photographs). The mosaic-like…

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index color-blocked wool felt and cork wall covering

May 22, 2014 |

Submaterial created a custom version of our Index Color Blocked wool felt and cork wallcovering for our Canadian client Imperial Oil. The tiles were enlarged to 12″ H x 24″ W and the stripe orientation became horizontal instead of vertical. Since the material…

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spring newsletter 2014

April 22, 2014 |

Options – Did you know our popular Wall Panel 067 is available in 26 shades of Spring? We love this rich, red-orange piece completed for a recent Los Angeles residential project. You can also choose from bright greens, yellows and blues to add…

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in the studio 4.18.14

April 18, 2014 |

We’ve had a lot of fun working on this wall panel 067 for one of our Los Angeles clients. This shot is an early process shot before the vertical tabs are in place. Matt looks like a giant! The tabs…

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custom wool felt wall covering for pearl district marriott

April 10, 2014 |

We’ve just received a beautiful set of project images from SERA Architects in Portland OR. They specified a custom version of our wool felt and cork wallcovering for the Pearl District Marriott Residence Inn. Can’t wait to share all the great shots…

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winter newsletter 2014

February 14, 2014 |

Explorations – Winter in the high desert can be brutally cold and drab despite the ever-present sunshine. Driven indoors, the Submaterial studio has been finding inspiration in materials we don’t often get a chance to work with.  Recently, a return client…

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fall newsletter 2013

November 20, 2013 |

Customizable Design – One of the most important design features of Submaterial products is the adaptability built into everything we create. By allowing designers to modify not only colors and materials but also dimensions and scale, our work can be transformed to suit…

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interior design 2010 spring market tabloid

May 10, 2010 |

Submaterial is honored to be included in Interior Design magazine’s 2010 Spring Market Tabloid. Our felt wall panel 068 was featured for it’s eco-friendly aspects.

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design milk is now fortified with submaterial

February 25, 2010 |

Evidently my marketing campaign is paying off…thank you to Jaime for the nice post on Design Milk. Read it here: http://design-milk.com/submaterial/#more-30046

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check out submaterial on re-nest

February 23, 2010 |

Cambria Bold at Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest blog did a great posting today about Submaterial and the new color felt wall panels. Check it out at: http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/wallpaper-graphics/wool-felt-wall-panel-from-submaterial-109583

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