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.

For all you detectives out there! Spies and scuba divers alike will appreciate the secret, goggle-shaped window umbrellas. (Designer: 25 Togo Studio)

The full body umbrella. The only umbrella that will keep you 100% dry. (photo by yamuhaton)

The Dualbrella. This merger of two umbrellas eliminates the jockeying for position that occurs when two people compete for adequate coverage underneath a typical umbrella.

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.[2] (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)

The inside out umbrella. This umbrella can be inverted into a small bag. (Designer: Seung Hee Son)

An umbrella that is worn on the back, providing rain and sun protection while keeping the hands free. Especially great for people who have children or need to run errands:)

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)

 

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~ by Colorful Soul on 03/01/2012.

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