Founded in 2001, notNeutral was born out of the idea that architecture is more than just a building - it is everything in the designed environment. As the design-child of, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, notNeutral was a way for our award-winning transdisciplinary design firm to expand its horizons. We believe that that there are many stories to be told in our designs and we tell them by creating objects as a part of your daily rituals. From your morning coffee to your evening tea, notNeutral will be there for every moment of the day. Our belief is that in every individual design there’s a unique experience waiting for you.
It's all about the experience - notNeutral expands the design process to a broader view, thinking about how people will feel when they use our products. New products are conceived out of holistic group collaboration. Once the idea for a new product is born (whether through self-generation or consumer demand), we start to develop its design thinking about 4 specific criteria to heighten the experience and synthesize the design: function, inter-object relatability, character, and culture. A product’s ability to maintain a unique sense of character and relatability while functioning well in its respective role is paramount when it comes to design. That’s what we at notNeutral strive for -- product design that is culturally iconic.
Our team here at notNeutral is truly one of a kind. We are an ensemble of creative minds and thought leaders brought together with the common passion to bring you the very best in tabletop products. From architecture, to economics, to music, our diverse backgrounds contribute to our holistic design process and approach to developing iconic products.
Julie Smith-Clementi, CEO
As president and CEO of notNeutral, Julie united her passions for architecture and creating holistic environments, leading to an iconic line of bold, accessible objects for the everyday modern lifestyle.
Jessamyn Davis, CFO
Jessamyn combines her experience building infrastructure in entrepreneurial companies like ours with her passion for design to make strategic decisions for the growth of notNeutral.
Frank Clementi, Design Lead
As an integral leader in product design, notNeutral would not be possible without Frank’s talent and passion for creating items that inspire their users.
Chiaki Kanda, Creative Director
Specializing in bringing the perceptual world to fruition, her work allows her to provide meaningful solutions to everyday needs when using notNeutral products.
Clancy Pearson, Designer
In addition to serving as an active product designer, Clancy is our director of design technology, constantly informing and teaching us the emerging technologies that allow us to visualize our ideas.
Adam Pierce, Director Operations
As our operations director, Adam employs his fine organizational skills and disarming sense of humor to keep our entire retail operation running smoothly.
Hannah Block, Sales Director, Coffee
Having previously worked as a barista, taking the lead as sales director of “all things coffee” was a no-brainer, and Hannah has proved to be a tremendous asset to the growth of notNeutral.
Tedd Buffa, Sales Representative
Ted has always surrounded himself with creative people and his time with notNeutral has been no exception. He enjoys working in a place that nurtures his soul and cultivates his artistic spirit.
Orlando Pina, Shipping Manager
As our shipping manager, Orlando keeps track of all of our inventory, ensures we have enough product in stock, and processes and securely ships each of our individual pieces to customers.