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J.Neal Architecture & Design


The Notch is a furniture piece designed for a client who purchased a 400 sq/ft condo in DC and needed an all-in-one type unit that includes bed, desk, tv, and plenty of storage, to allow their bedroom to also be converted into a living room.  Notch was constructed using all 3/16″ carbon steel and reclaimed white washed reclaimed oak.  Modularity being essential to the build for easily assembly in the tight space.

rendering of the unit and how it would operate in the space


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“notch” your average murphy bed

under construction


a close-up detail of The Notch hinges, a lot of work had to be done to make sure they held up under the moment forces of the shelves



Be sure to stay tuned for the final product pictures!

Sini Cooper

Check out this beautifully executed art installation J.Neal Design was able to work on in collaboration with Theo Pinto Studio and Revlon’s SinfulColors. Check out the process photos below.

Revlon Artist Installation

Learn about the transformation with behind the scene photos of the process!


Carness Shop Drawing - 09.30.15

We’re defying gravity through structural design and making something beautiful along the way.


The welders hard at work making the supports to help this project get off the ground! This is where art and structure meet beautifully.


Setting the stage for the final step. The important part is to make sure the car is secured and we’ve been putting in long hours to make sure it’s ready for liftoff.


getting the car all prepped


J. Neal hard at work making sure the structure is sound.

work in progress


This was an immense project for the J. Neal Team and we’re happy to have been a (small) part of this!

Custom Stairs

One of Jneal Design’s many specialities is doing custom stairs, whether as part of a full scale project or as a one off and stand-alone feature for a client.  We recognize that stairs are a very particular puzzle for our clients, they serve as an essential means of circulation that must stand up to today’s rigorous code and by proxy are often by necessity a focal point of any given space.  We are passionate about providing our clients with modes of circulation that help bring their space together cohesively rather than become an object divider.  Stairs should be a worthy experience in use, and a sculptural element otherwise.

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Concrete Sinks and Vanities

Jneal works to make the essence of custom design accessible by virtue of a modular approach and an ability to take advantage of contemporary technology.  We can create custom molds with digital media which can then be machine fabricated for a final hand poured process.  We have partnered with friend of the firm EarlyBird Enterprise to create beautiful custom pieces for our own projects, and are open to commissions for stand alone projects.  Custom concrete finishes can have blended colors and materials in the mix including glassworks.

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Cube Cubed originated from a particular client challenge that lead into the development of an innovative handrail system. Constructed from 6061 Aluminum, the central component of this handrail – the cube – acts as a multi-axial point that gives the system a plethora of orientation options. This combined with the innate beauty of highly refined CNC routed aluminum alloys and careful craftsmanship give Cube Cubed an aesthetic that is rivaled only by its adaptable functionality.

Customized systems available for sale. Call or email for details.


Wind Chimes

These wind chimes were a byproduct of the Cube Cubed design process, inspired when one of the cubes fell onto the concrete floor of the machine shop sending out an impressionable sound. This item was an exploration of the tonality of slotted aluminum w/ simple connections to emphasize the uniqueness of its resonance. The chimes were milled on lathe and slotted with a milling machine, all the rest of the materials for the finished product were found at the local hardware store.





X-crete Stool Prototype

The idea for the X-crete prototype was birthed out of a simple cardboard model and then developed into an exploration into digital fabrication and mold making.  After completion of the mold, there was a single but sequenced pour yielding a finished stool. This process explored the ability to fabricate modular building components with an emphasis on structural stability.

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Artisan infant mobile created utilizing laser cut museum board layered with dichromatic film with a unique quality of reflecting a variety of colors while simultaneously casting shadows of alternate color. The mobile was modeled after the Sugar Maple, inspired by the color variations in the film, each leaf of the mobile resonates with the colors of Autumn.

The mobile was shown at the Gallery 788 in Hampden for a collaborative show with Fab Lab Baltimore entitled:  CODE Culture. The exhibit was an interdisciplinary examination of digital fabrication and design that explored the growing impact of digital fabrication and design across disciplines including; art, design, engineering, science, and education, as well as its broader social implications as evidenced in the Maker Movement. The show also examined the role of the various institutions that foster these works, from grassroots open-access fab labs and hackerspaces, to private research-based labs.


Reflection Resonance

A lighting installation and performance while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for Visual Space:  The Lighted Environment.  This installation was apart of an event held for the donors/supporters of new facilities on campus. The dinner portion took place in the BBOX, MICA’s new experimental theater, with a performance taking place in the atrium space of MICA’s new gateway building. 

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