Posts Tagged ‘jealousy’



June 9, 2008

The finest umbrellas I have ever seen can be found here.

It’s just this sort of gorgeous, funky, punky, loopy design that I aspire to create. With illustrations by Evgeny Kiselev (look at the blog, just look at it) and a fantastic printing process unrestricted by the usual triangle-by-triangle layout, this beats everything forever.



May 14, 2008

I knew that there’d be someone in Seattle to kick my arse at the umbrella game. It’s famous for its rain and its big building which looks a bit like a giant flat umbrella (to the eyes of someone who has been writing this blog non-stop all week, almost everything does).

This umbrella is part of Design Commission’s December Gallery show, Chance of Showers: A Showing of Umbrellas and Benefit for 826 Seattle. Jen kindly linked me to their page on the Etsy shopping site and sparked immediate salivation from all who could see it.

Gorgeous, what? It’s a shame they’re not waterproof.

Oh, Vancouver kicks my arse too.



May 13, 2008

Found whilst idly browsing Gizmodo (what did I say?), this Pileus umbrella is just a prototype at the moment but when it comes out will have a projector in its handle that shines photos or video onto the canopy. And I start thinking that I might as well go out of business before I’ve started – who can compete with that?

Then I see this! It’s going to have the internet in there too. Oh, and a built-in camera, a motion sensor, GPS and a digital compass. Flickr photos will project out to the world. Directions will be given. Geeks will faint in the street (providing it’s dark and they can see its full spleandour).

It’s lovely, it’s wonderful, it’s making me very jealous. But at least I can console myself now that it is way way out of my league.



May 9, 2008

Another umbrella that makes me want to cry. They made a gorgeous LED umbrella when I thought I was going to invent that myself (it’s okay, I have plenty of inventions left). And if looking like a replicant isn’t cool enough, this one makes you look like a Jedi.

Look at it! Just look at it! I may pass out from excessive geeklove.



May 9, 2008

I have been pondering eco-friendly umbrella design for a while and as always, someone got there first.


This, however, is not recycled but biodegradable and comes from the people at Brelli who claim it withstands heavy downpours and high winds whilst being completely biodegradable within 5 years.