All posts tagged: umbrella

Stay-Brella by Nendo

This clever “stay-brella”— created by the Japanese design firm Nendo exclusively for Seibu department stores in Japan — has a forked handle design that gives it a foot to stand on when not in use. This little feature also allows the umbrella to easily hang from tables and stay propped up on a wall when drying. The umbrella comes in eight different colors and has a strap to hang from the arm. A special surface coating reduces UV rays by 90%, a great feature in a country where folks use umbrellas for sun protection as much, if not more often, than rain protection. All photos by Akihiro Yoshida.

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 …