This umbrella stands and hangs on its own while reducing UV rays by 90 per cent

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Products on Saturday 8 November 2014

Rainy days are such a hassle to deal with. You are either screaming at yourself – silently, please – for not bringing an umbrella, or fretting where to hang or dry it inside a crowded space. Calm down with this ‘stay-brella’ designed by Nendo, whose ingenious forked handle allows it to stand very independently on its own, stay resolutely up against a wall or hang gracefully along a table edge.

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This outdoor umbrella shields and charges your mobile devices at the same time

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Monday 6 October 2014

You can now enjoy the outdoor breeze while being shielded from the sun with this umbrella that also lets you recharge your mobile devices as you roam. It does this with its 4 solar cell panels located on the umbrella’s canopy, which block up to 98% of the harmful UV rays and convert sunlight into electricity which is accessed via two USB ports in its pole.

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Rainshader: a giant rain helmet for the savvy sports fan

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Products on Saturday 24 August 2013

It’s no wonder the next generation of umbrella technology is coming out of the UK. If the stereotype is true, the rain never stops over there. So someone needs to do something about it. According to the team at Rainshader, their revolutionary umbrella design is the next step in evolution for all you sports spectators. […]

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Beautiful Shade umbrella by Fumito Kogure and Shinya Kaneko

Demi He Contributor

By Demi He in New Products on Thursday 13 June 2013

Inspired by summer and the Japanese term “Komorebi” or “sunshine filtering through foliage,” the Japanese duo Fumito Kogure and Shinya Kaneko managed to bring together the two concepts and develop something simple yet beautiful out of a mundane object. This transparent umbrella can be bought here.

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BLUNT umbrellas

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Design on Friday 4 January 2013

Our traditional defense against rain, the umbrella, gets a revolutionary update. BLUNT umbrellas utilize a special Radial Tensioning System that distributes the tension when opening the umbrella, making it easier to open. This simple, yet useful, redesign takes the umbrella to a whole new level.

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Afrosol: handcrafted parasols from Africa

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By Nastasha Sale in New Products on Wednesday 8 August 2012

Afrosol is an amazing creation that was born in the heart of the deep south and headed by a curly haired beauty, Claire Homewood. They handcraft African sun parasols using wire bamboo and other material, but each one is completely unique and is made by the talented local community. They are a perfect festival accessory: vibrant and quirky.

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Colorful umbrellas over the streets of Portugal

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Tuesday 7 August 2012

Over the streets of Agueda, Portugal, hundreds of colorful umbrellas float above pedestrians’ heads. The umbrellas are hung from promenades overlooking the streets, providing both shade and a cool view to those walking under them. Luckily, photographers Patricia Almeida and Diana Tavares documented this amazing event for those who were not able to experience it […]

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Give rain the finger with your umbrella

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Saturday 12 May 2012

The rain won’t let you go out and play? No point cursing under your breath. If the skies won’t stop these flashes of lightning, get outside with a brolly and flash it the finger.

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