notNeutral City Plates New Orleans
notNeutral’s City Plates series examines some of the world’s most fasinating cities, their cultures, and their histories.
New Orleans - pop. 485,000 (2006); 1.4 million (pre-Katrina)
America’s capital of culture – devastated by floods during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The massive scale of the flooding is frightfully apparent; the white area on this particular plate represents the parts of the city that were flooded.
One of America’s richest cultural bastions, New Orleans is still struggling. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this plate will go toward the recovery and rebuilding of 1300 acres of City Park that experienced serious damage to grounds, trees, infrastructure and facilities.
These porcelain plates measure 12” across, with each city’s downtown core printed on a black background. Key buildings are represented with red icons, while rivers and public spaces are shown in vivid blue and green.
Each plate is boxed and includes a key to the buildings and spaces included on the plate.
Welcome to notNeutral’s world. notNeutral is the product design company affiliated with the award-winning Los Angeles based architecture and design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios.
Growing out of a close collaboration between these two companies, products are inspired by gardens, buildings are inspired by plates and patterns are inspired by urban plans. Their designs emerge from their desire to synthesize the world around them. They create bold, colourful and innovative products that encompass all categories of the modern lifestyle: Gift, Garden, Dine, Home, Kids. Their vibrant, confident and streetwise products are unique and accessible, expressing individuality and choice.
notNeutral has built a unique following that attracts young-spirited, colourful individuals who are looking for designs that express their style. They’ve become known to design savvy consumers as the alternative for innovative colour palettes, a contemporary take on the ordinary and design that is unquestionably not neutral.