Submaterial Lobby Installation

September 19, 2019 |

After several years without a centralized front entrance to greet our clients, a front lobby experience has been a priority for our new space. The Submaterial team produced an experiential design incorporating our business partnerships, company values, and conceptual intrigue….

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Submaterial Wool Felt at Hummingbird Art Camp

August 15, 2019 |

Hummingbird Music Camp For over sixty years, Hummingbird Music Camp has been giving elementary and middle school age children a place to learn and grow in their musical and creative talents. The structured environment gives young campers the opportunity to…

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Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity

August 5, 2019 |

Habitat for Humanity “A hand up, not a hand-out” Through Habitat for Humanity‘s new-construction program, partner-families and members of the community come together to build homes from the ground up. Partner-families purchase the homes provided by Habitat, but with a…

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New Product Line – Fall Release Sneak Peek

July 15, 2019 |

Submaterial Fall Release After over thirteen years working with clients in the field of commercial design, Submaterial is adding a dynamic line of products for the home. Although it seems like a new branch for the company, Founder + Creative…

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Submaterial Summer Event: MiiR Vacuum Insulated Bottles

July 3, 2019 |

MiiR Spurring from a tragic accident with life flashing before his eyes, Brian founded MiiR to create something bigger than himself. His goal was to fill the obvious need for a less cumbersome and reusable water bottle, while also making…

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Submaterial Summer Event: Cocopotamus

July 2, 2019 |

Cocopotamus is operated by a young and ambitions husband and wife duo specializing in chocolate truffles with a wide flavor range. See how they’re made here! It is worth noting Cocopotamus is the chocolate provider for the Oscars, Golden Globes…

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Explora’s Studio Inventivo – Custom Installation

June 24, 2019 |

When established in 2006, Submaterial relied heavily on custom product orders for both commercial and residential clients. However, over the past five years, our company has been almost exclusively selling a standard collection of Wallcovering designs. We are grateful for…

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A’19 – A Materials Playground

June 13, 2019 |

AIA Conference on Architecture   Intended to provide those in the Architecture and Interior Design professions with material and brand options, the AIA Conference on Architecture is “A Materials Playground.” With over 600 booths, manufacturers range from door handles and…

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It’s Moving Week!

May 15, 2019 |

Certificate of Occupancy is in hand, and the time is finally here! Our studio is in the process of moving production operations into our new building, nearly tripling our square footage. We’ll start with all our fabrication materials and tools,…

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WiD + Submaterial Creative Event

April 15, 2019 |

Women in Design New Mexico Over the past two years, our team has connected with many local designers through networking events and a few lunch & learns. One influential relationship we’ve established is with Women in Design NM, a volunteer-driven…

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New Building Tour – Under Construction

March 14, 2019 |

Front Lobby Over the next six weeks, Submaterial is transitioning from seven separate suites to one large building. Our new space is nearly tripling our square footage and we’ll finally have dedicated spaces for product photography, lunch, a coffee station,…

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HeartFelt – Philanthropy by Design

February 18, 2019 |

HeartFelt Event In early February, some of the best San Francisco Bay Area designers put together artworks for the charitable silent auction, HeartFelt. Hosted at Gensler, the event name draws on the month’s theme of love and felt remnant material…

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2018 Design Trends

January 16, 2019 |

Each January we are intrigued to see trends in product orders from the previous year. While the 2018 trends are similar to those of 2017, we did notice a few products jump in popularity and color preferences shifted from cooler…

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WiD: 5th Annual Holiday Design Competition & Auction

December 5, 2018 |

Women in Design (WiD) Women in Design is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to supporting women in the design industry. The New Mexico Chapter hosts the Annual Holiday Design Competition & Auction, where original wreaths and ornament sets are sold via…

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Keeping it Local – Holiday Shopping

November 21, 2018 |

As the end of the year approaches, many of us are looking for that perfect gift for each of our loved ones. To aid in your search for quality gifts, we’ve put together a list of our local favorites! Oropopo…

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36th Annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle

November 8, 2018 |

Event The 36th Annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle is a celebration of the bonds we have with our pets, organized by Animal Humane New Mexico. The event includes two separate 5k runs and a 1-mile dawdle suitable for pets of…

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Submaterial at Habitat for Humanity

October 16, 2018 |

Habitat for Humanity Mission In a world where more than 80% of the population lives in poverty, Habitat for Humanity has made it their mission to help provide affordable housing options in over 1400 communities around the world. With programs…

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Submaterial Open House

October 2, 2018 |

Brief History Design and manufacturing company Submaterial has evolved out of a few lost years in art school, two failed companies, a passionate interest in design and a lifetime of knowledge gained through multiple positions in the furniture and lighting…

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Albuquerque Economic Development – Local Installation

September 17, 2018 |

Albuquerque, New Mexico – The Land of Enchantment Albuquerque is celebrated for its diverse culture, unique blend of cuisine, and breath-taking skies. Situated between a vast mountain range and a winding river, the city is nestled into the landscape and…

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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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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

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: Holiday Auction

December 11, 2017 |

Women in Design is a volunteer-driven 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 continued 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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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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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:

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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:

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