15 Cool And Creative Umbrellas
Rain, rain go away, come again another day…:) That is exactly how I feel right now. I was soaking wet this morning after getting to school and I most certainly wished I had such a cool umbrella like these ones.
Umbrella is one of those things you probably wouldn’t like to use very often. Reality is, here in San Francisco you definitely need it though.
Although umbrella might seem like a common, everyday item that has been there for ages, the very first working and folding umbrella was made only in 1969 by Bradford E. Phillips. After 40 years, there is roughly thirty three million umbrellas sold each year in the US alone, worth $348 million. Most of them are made in China, and the city of Shangyu alone has more than a thousand umbrella factories.
Let’s have a look at some of the world’s coolest umbrella designs and pick the best one.
Humor and surprise are two of the designer Tibor Kalman’s hallmarks, as witnessed by this view of a blue sky on a most probably gray day. MoMA’s witty umbrella with an eternally cheerful sky is known and enjoyed throughout the world.
Wheel and Seal Umbrella. Terrible weather can make anyone easily depressed. For this reason, Taiwanese designers have created “wheel” and “seal” umbrellas for children. First design features wheels that leave impressions of smiley faces on the floor using puddles left over from the rain. An alternative version titled “seal umbrella” stamps wet smiley faces on the pavement. (Designers: Yu-ting Cheng, Yu-hsun Chung, Shaw-chen Chen)
Probably one of my favorites because I had a hard time holding my coffee today and my umbrella:) A handle will let one hold a paper cup or a coffee cup while holding onto the umbrella. (Designer: Ek Design)
As water pours over the surface, potential energy from raindrops slamming onto the conductive membrane called PDVF transforms into electrical energy powering embedded LEDs sending your umbrella ablaze with light. The heavier the rain, the brighter the light to help you see your way. (Designer: Sang-Kyun Park)