A graduate of RISD, Clabots is an award-winning designer who has developed successful products for multiple industries
Throughout his career, Clabots has designed products across multiple industries, ranging from highly-engineered, injection-molded products to furniture and textiles. His design methods are neither industry- nor style-specific; instead, he uses design to find solutions that bring value to both his clients and their customers.
Formally trained as an industrial designer at the Rhode Island school of Design (RISD), Clabots' first entry point into the creative industry was as Lead Designer at Dror. There, he led the product design and interior design departments. In this role, Clabots developed a wide range of products, including a trivet for Alessi, a bathroom cabinet for Boffi, a chair for Cappellini, and a full range of affordable furniture and bedding for Target. He also led the team in designing a luggage collection for Tumi, which received multiple patents for a mechanism that Clabots conceived for their zipper-less, expandable, hard suitcase. At Dror, Clabots has also led the design of commercial interiors for companies such as Levi's Footwear and Creative Recreation. His work at Dror won the Red Dot Award, the Good Design Award, and was selected for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Permanent Collection.
At Nonlinear Studio, which Clabots founded in 2010 and ran for three years, he designed a full anodized aluminum cookware set for All-Clad, a watch that sold at the MoMA Design Store, and an iPad periphery device. As Design Director at Fab.com, starting in 2013, Clabots designed full lines of furniture and soft goods, along with a sofa collection.
Most recently, Clabots designed a shelving system and rugs for Hem, and various products for the startup he co-founded, OTHR.