Color and Material Designer (Contract)

Airbnb, San Francisco, California

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Samara is a design studio at Airbnb exploring new attitudes towards sharing and trust through hardware and software. This role is responsible for shaping the design of a product within Samara. Learn more about Samara here: samara.airbnb.com

We’re looking for someone with curiosity and passion about materials science and advanced manufacturing processes: how things feel, how they interact, how they age, how they adapt. We are looking for someone who’d be curious about local cultures, traditions, materials and products.


  • Develop concepts and prototype design of colors, materials and finishes
  • Develop custom patterns and combinations of different materials, colors, finishes
  • Work closely with industrial designers, engineers, and suppliers
  • Source materials of all kinds to demo and build prototypes
  • Track trends and apply the information toward advanced materials and designs
  • Develop and manage CMF material library


  • 3+ years CMF experience and evidence of exceptional ability
  • Expertise working with various textiles and trims
  • Expertise working with solid materials
  • Hands-on prototyping skills
  • Expertise and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
  • Exceptional visualization and presentation skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • Experience in fashion or automotive industries is preferable
  • Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator and Microsoft Office  

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