All posts tagged: New Zealand

Blunt Umbrellas

If the site of a tortured, abandoned umbrella sticking out of a trash bin makes you feel sad for both the umbrella and its former (and presumably drenched) owner, then you should check out Blunt, the newest brolly in town. Available worldwide from the New Zealand-based Blunt Umbrellas, this rain cover has an aerodynamic design that might even outlive you. Design engineer Greig Brebner founded Blunt Umbrellas on the concept that umbrellas should not be sucked inside-out or poke you in the eye while you are innocently walking to work. Brebner’s design intends to accomplish both goals by reengineering the umbrella from the handle up. According to the site: The Blunt solution is a uniquely tensioned canopy combined with a flatter aerodynamic profile. This revolution in umbrella design also eliminates any sharp edges and weak points. The result is an unflappable aerodynamic structure that sits effortlessly in the wind and provides maximum control, even in the most demanding weather conditions.The Blunt performs better and lasts longer thanks to its revolutionary Radial Tensioning System. Blunt has been tested to …

Blu Dot Rugs

In May, the Minneapolis-based design collaborative Blu Dot added its first collection of rugs to the company’s line of modern furnishings. Cush and Dash are both made of New Zealand wool with a cotton canvas backing; Cush is twisted to create a thick, pillowy shag and Dash has the texture of a chunky braid. Last Newspaper, made of recycled newspaper wrapped in cotton, gives me one more reason to hope that print news survives. Both Cush and Dash come in 6’x9′, 9’x9′, and 9’x12′ sizes; Last Newspaper in 4’x6′, 6’x9′, and 9’x9′ sizes. Prices range from $999 to $1799 for Cush, $749 to $1499 for Dash, and $149 to $399 for Last Newspaper. To take a closer look, visit Blu Dot’s retail store at 140 Wooster Street in New York City or visit their site.