Be Better Dart Board
Exhibit: DART x DESIGN 2017
'Be Better Dart Board -
Always strive to be your best;
settle for no less.'
This minimal dartboard challenges one to 'go big or go home.' Clabots developed it for Frog Design's invitational exhibit for New York Design week.
Pal Bottle Opener
The Pal Bottle Opener stands tall with a form that looks more like a piece of decor than a functional object. But make no mistake; like any good friend, it is there for you in a pinch, opening a bottle with the perfect amount of leverage without even denting the cap. Pal is made from 3D printed steel, allowing for beautifully precise connections in a minimal form.
Aqueous Wall Planter
Client: OTHR 2016
This droplet-shaped planter is crafted in 3D printed porcelain, with the option of a 3D printed gold steel or bronze hook. Clabots was intrigued by the idea of combining two materials into a singular form using the 3D printing process. The planter’s duality makes use of each material’s inherent properties: polished metal for an ultra-precise bracket and porcelain for a smooth, voluminous container.
Ipseity Wall Hook
This strikingly-detailed rectangular wall hook is crafted in 3D printed bronze steel. Clabots wanted to use concave objects to highlight and display the beauty of 3D printing. Similar to the grain in wood, the 3D printing process creates natural grains. Clabots’ design accentuates this natural fingerprint throughout the face of the hook, allowing the piece to act as art whether or not it is in use.
Basket Weave Rug
Client: Hem 2014
The Basket Weave rug was an intricately-woven mixture of wool and cotton, available in five colors. When designing this rug, Clabots wanted to create a minimalist piece in a single color, where the interest lay in the texture rather than the graphic.
The Bias shelves comprised a set of four that could be arranged in endless configurations of regular and irregular patterns. Clabots’ design was reminiscent of industrial crates, but his modern slant created new visual interest as you mixed and matched them. These shelves were designed to nest into one another for easy shipping, and the four-way keyhole hangers enabled the shelf to hang in any orientation.
Bliss Wool Rug
The Bliss rug featured a slate background offset by contrasting cording. Clabots designed the rug as a textural piece, with oversized loops to generate a feeling of depth and texture. The muted tone allowed the piece to work in any space, while the subtle hints of color complemented your room's palette.
Sonneman Spring '15 Catalog
Client: Sonneman 2015
Clabots worked with company president Robert Sonneman to update the catalog’s layout for their Spring ’15 Additions. Building on motifs rooted in the brand’s visual identity, Clabots unified the brand by presenting the company’s various lamp styles using a minimalist grid and single graphic language. Clabots also personally retouched many of the images.
Habitat Collective Branding
Client: Habitat Collective 2015
Clabots developed the branding for Habitat Collective, a new eCommerce home goods platform. The process included strategic planning, working with the client to identify their customer base, research their cohort companies, and develop an identity and brand guide for future implementation.
Icypod Branding and Packaging
Client: Muntech 2015
Clabots developed the branding for Icypod, a personal cooling device. The process included strategic planning, working with the client to identify their customer base, researching their cohort companies, and developing an identity and brand guide for future implementation and packaging.
Client: Fab 2014
Clip was a configurable sofa system, consisting of 5 modular parts that could be rearranged in hundreds of variations. The bent plywood back-support easily clipped in and out of position, and could be used for various functions, such as a tray for resting your drink. The same mechanism used for locking the back support in place also connected the base units to lock configurations in place.
Client: Fab 2014
Clabots designed the Cup Sofa to have its own personality, while also transforming and adapting to different settings. Its sculptural profile was combined with clean and graphic lines. This created a key silhouette that could range from playful to refined, depending on the sofa color (6 options) and the style of the sofa’s leg (2 options).
Client: Fab 2014
This sofa family was born from the business pain-point of SKU management. Clabots conducted extensive market research while designing this sofa, and he determined that most customers wanted one of three sofa sizes and a chair. Using this knowledge, Clabots designed a set of sofas with back cushions that could be configured to look minimal or mid-century, and two sets of legs from which to choose.
Rooted in the easy minimalism of classic Scandinavian design, Clabots designed the Gather Table to have four identical L-shaped legs that link together to create the base and support for the tabletop. Clabots wanted the assembly to be an exercise in simplicity. He paired it with a set of chairs that fit perfectly against the table’s curved edge to create a seamless and streamlined silhouette.
The Gather Chair was rooted in the easy minimalism of classic Scandinavian design. Clabots designed the chair to complement the Gather Table, with the chair’s wide back and generous curves mimicking the table’s circular shape. When pulled up against the table’s edge, it made for a seamless fit and streamlined silhouette.
The Duple Lamp was a compact, sculptural wooden lamp that was equally charming when sitting on a desk or mounted on the wall. Like the rest of Fab's Nordic collection, Clabots designed it for easy assembly.
Clabots designed the Signal lamp to be an adjustable-height pendant or a sculptural table lamp. The cord entered through the top of the handle and exited on the side next to a metal bracket, around which the cord could be wound to shorten its length.
The Fetch Lamp was the perfect combination of design and utility. An elegant accent, Clabots designed it to also serve as a neat storage space for small knickknacks. The unique, inverted shape of the lamp’s base turned commonly-held design conventions on their heads while adding a touch of elegance.
This beanbag chair was designed to be more than just a staple in a kid’s playroom; Clabots approached this design as he would any other chair. It boasted an upright, ergonomic silhouette that was chic enough for a living room while retaining the sink-into-it quality that makes bean bags so popular. It also could connect with two others for a full sofa.
Client: Fab 2014
Inspired by classic Scandinavian design, Clabots designed the Venture Desk with the lightest of decorative elements. His design allowed for assembly with the minimum hardware, and the structural components of the desk added a graphic element. This created the optical illusion of the diagonal third leg piercing through the surface.
Fab SOHO Showroom
Clabots collaborated with PJ Matan and Kiel Mead to design the Fab Pop-up Store in SOHO for the debut of their #happymodern collection in May of 2014.
Client: Nonlinear 2011
The Slip Watch was the first product that Clabots released through Nonlinear Studio. The skewed posture of the watch put a new “spin” on the classic archetypal watch shape. The piece was intentionally minimal, with proportions that were almost predictable. However, its skewed posture made the watch appear to be slipping off the band, like a moment caught in time. The shape also offered increased ergonomic functionality, as the wearer could view the timepiece with less turning of the arm. The band also penetrated the casing at the 9 and 12 hour markings, giving reference to an otherwise unmarked face.
Client: All-Clad 2012
All-Clad sought to reach a younger demographic of cooks with their B3 anodized aluminum line of cookware. For the launch, they enlisted Clabots to design cookware that would meet the visual and ergonomic needs of their more design-savvy audience while maintaining an important balance with their iconic brand language.
Client: Amplifiear 2012
Clabots designed the Amplifiear to correct a design flaw in the iPad 2, in which the speaker faced away from the user rather than toward. The attachment also gave a considerable boost to higher frequencies, increasing the crispness and clarity of the sound as well as the volume. Clabots used Kickstarter to crowdfund the project and received 456% of the funding goal.
Clabots designed all the packaging for Amplifiear. The packaging was designed to be 100% recyclable, like the product, itself. The card stock of the packaging the was responsibly farmed from renewable forests, and the packaging was approved by both the Apple Store and Best Buy as meeting their stick-packaging standards.
In 2010, Clabots designed and built the Amplifiear eCommerce platform. Clabots art directed all photography and coded a custom theme for the site in CSS.
Exhibition: Core77 Open 2012
Inspiration for this chair came from the common use of a wheelbarrow as a lounge seat during break time on a worksite. Clabots considered this functionality, and he selectively adapted the form of a traditional wheelbarrow to highlight its most dynamic lines. The structure brought a new purpose and character to a timeless and familiar object.
Spot and Swat
Exhibition: THREAT | AMDC 2012
Clabots designed this piece for an American Design Club’s Gallery Show, entitled THREAT: Objects of Defense and Protection. Designers were asked the question, “when you hear something go bump in the night, what do you grab?” Clabots instinctively conjured a bat, a classic defense weapon. Improving on an already near-perfect design, Clabots added the concept of a heavy-duty flash light, which allowed one to spot an intruder prior to taking action.
Slightly Awkward Lamp
Exhibition: CITE Goes America 2010
The defining beauty in people is often the characteristic that doesn’t fit the standard mold. The Slightly Awkward Desk Lamp was simple and minimal, but with a peculiar posture. The awkward stance of the lamp, with its truncated fourth leg, gave it life and personality while allowing it to balance as an ambient table lamp or a directional task lamp.
Clamp Coffee Table
Exhibition: LIFT HOLD ROLL | AMDC 2010
This ready-to-assemble coffee table employed four wood clamps as the table’s principal fasteners. The product was constructed out of pickled oak and steel clamps with a 1/2″ tempered glass top.
Clamp Desk Lamp
Exhibition: LIFT HOLD ROLL | AMDC 200 & CITE Goes America 2010
The Clamp Desk lamp was an adjustable task light that fixed to a table with an industrial wood clamp. The form of the clamp was extended through a 4" bend to support the shade.
Client: iHeart 2011
Entrepreneur Fatima Fazal approached Clabots with a new concept of heart-shaped utensils. Clabots helped her to translate her concept into a form made of biodegradable plastic that could be injection-molded for mass production. The resulting products have been sold in the MoMa store and Collette, and have been featured by Martha Stewart.
Andaz Maui - Artwork
Client: Rockwell Group 2011
Rockwell Group commissioned Clabots to develop a series of original “vintage” surf posters, which would be placed in the new rooms at the Andez Maui at Waile. The posters represented various traditional surf-poster styles, but with an edge that brought an eclectic feel to the modern room.
Client: Nonlinear 2010
In 2010, Clabots opened the boutique creative studio, Nonlinear Studio. Clabots designed the logo and branding for the studio.
Clabots designed and built Nonlinear’s eCommerce platform for its self titled watch brand Nonlinear. For this, Clabots art directed all photography and coded a custom theme for the site in CSS.
Slip Watch Packaging
Client: Cappellini (Work done at Dror.) 2009
Now a permanent piece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Peacock Chair resembles the physical aspects of a peacock and extracts metaphorical substance from its feathers. Clabots designed this chair to have structure and strength from the peacock-like folds, creating a comfortable lounge chair with no sewing or upholstery involved.
Award: Selected for Metropolitan Museum of Art Permanent Collection 2010
Dror For Tumi
Client: Tumi (Work done at Dror.) 2012
The Dror for Tumi Collection featured luggage that transformed to meet the modern business traveler’s ever-changing needs. The 11-piece collection included the first ever expandable hard-case carry-on for Tumi. Clabots’ revolutionary “living hinge” feature allowed one to adjust the bag’s depth and nearly double its overall capacity.
Award: Red Dot Award for Product Design 2013 ( International Expandable Carry-On )
Award: Travel & Leisure’s 2013 Design Awards ( Tote / Backpack )
Stack Book Shelf
Client: Target (Work done at Dror.) 2008
Clabots designed the Stack Bookcase for Target as a set of nesting trapezoidal boxes. Clabots found that Target’s customers needed a full-height bookcase that fit easily into a shopping cart and assembled in seconds with no tools. Clabots therefore designed the bookcase as a set of 4 boxes that stack vertically to form a single unit.
Spin Wall Clock
Clabots developed the Spin clock to rotate closed for compact shipping. Spinning the front cross pulled the others around and fanned the clock out into perfect alignment.
The Tilt Lamp transformed from a straight, stick lamp to an angled task lamp. Clabots developed the unique mechanism using the geometry of a tackle box. By developing a new mechanism based on simple mechanics, it was possible to offer the adjustable lamp at a low retail price.
+/- Bathroom Cabinet
Client: Boffi (Work done at Dror) 2007
+/- was a mirrored, bathroom storage cabinet with a unique opening system; when closed, it lay horizontal and could be used as a standard, over-the-sink mirror. The mirror then rotated vertical to open, which allowed for complete access to the objects inside the cabinet and use by people of all heights.
Award: Good Design Award 2008.
Swarovski Floor Chandilier
Client: Swarovski (Work done at Dror) 2007
This unusual piece displaced the chandelier from the ceiling to the floor. Clear strands wove together 6,400 Swarovski crystals in a grid pattern. When the frame opened, the grid transformed into two sweeping parabolas. The frame was later patented and branded as ‘QuaDror,’ a self-locking hinge system with no fasteners that Dror used in multiple products and concepts. In the floor chandelier, four incandescent strips were placed on the inner walls of the frame, which created a dramatic ambiance as the light glimmered through the curved web of crystals.
Client: BBB emmebonacina (Work done at Dror) 2007
The Lean folding sofa simplified the process of converting a sofa to a bed. It used a carefully-crafted series of pivot points that allowed gravity to do most of the work.
Try it Trivet
Client: Alessi (Work done at Dror) 2009
The Try It Trivet for Alessi was a reinterpretation of the humble exemplar, creating a conceptually novel and pleasurable item. The trivet was comprised of three arcs, each of which could be considered a trivet in and of itself. When assembled together, they created a stable support for multiple uses.
Award: Good Design Award 2010.
Client: Puma (Work done at Dror) 2005
Clabots wanted to distill a shoe down to its essence. For this concept shoe, he observed that most people would step on the back heel of the shoes to remove them. Therefore, Clabots designed a minimal form where the iconic side striping also functioned as a flexible fastener. This allowed the heel to flip down for easy exit and stay in the open position until its wearer latched it shut once more by sliding his foot in.
Levi's Footwear Showroom
Client: Levi's Footwear (Work done at Dror) 2005
The Levi’s Showroom centered around the main shoe display. Inspired by bridge construction, Clabot’s design translated the iconic trademark of Levi’s into a three-dimensional sculpture that morphed up from the floorboards. Below the suspended boards, a bed of rivets from Levi’s jeans was revealed. The showroom space was finished to have a weathered authentic feel, which contrasted the clean and starkly minimal office space in which it was set.
Creative Recreation Office Interior
Client: Creative Recreation (Work done at Dror) 2009
For this showroom, the objective was to reflect the essence of the Creative Recreation sneaker within the design of the interior space. The decor was split, contrasting a fresh, clean, minimal aesthetic against a weathered, raw, and rugged side.
Concept: TAIK 2003
The reimagined school desk rethought how we sit for long periods of time. The lower back support provided lumbar support when sitting upright, or it offered an elbow rest for leaning back. Storage for a bag was located under the writing surface. Clabots developed this while studying abroad in Finland, utilizing the advanced technical knowledge of the country’s wood-bending industry to mold this piece as one bent lamination form.
Always Upright Stapler
Concept: RISD 2001
Clabots designed this concept-stapler for Swingline. Conventional upright staplers tend to be top-heavy and topple easily. The Always Upright Stapler solved this dilemma. When struck by the clutter on your desk, it simply wobbled and rolled around on its base with a playful movement.
Award: Swingline Gersh Abraham Award for Design Excellence
Client: Ikea 2004
This concept lamp by Clabots won a design competition for Ikea at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, and was selected for production. It combined a hanging planter and a light. The branches and leaves of the plant hung over the shade, and the shadows created by the leaves gave the light an organic element - something artificial light typically lacks. Because of its dual use, the lamp was invisible beneath the foliage when not in use.
Award: Ikea Design Competition Winner 2004
Exhibition: AmDC show “Outside of Sorts” 2008