Here’s a prime example of a product solving a first-world problem: Phone-Brella lets you text and hold the umbrella at the same time.

Unusual Umbrella Stand

(Photo by Masahiro Minami)

I noticed this interestingly shaped umbrella stand over on this Spoon & Tamago post covering this year’s senior thesis exhibition of the Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan.

Can anyone tell me the name of the student that created this piece? I’d love to add it to the post.

Goggles Umbrella

My reader Bjerg made my day by pointing me to these Goggles Umbrellas. If this product doesn’t have a built-in happy factor, I don’t know what does. Totally wishlisted. Now, if only I could figure out how to order from this site.

(And yes, I am slightly obsessed with umbrellas, after all, it’s one of the reason why I met my wonderful husband!)


Clouds and Umbrellas make me happy. Considering that one of Ella’s walls is light blue, these wall clouds would look amazing.

(thank you Dave)

Brelli: Bamboo Umbrella

Dave and Fabian of Holstee fought the rain this morning and came to visit me at swissmiss studio. As they were walking in I noticed Dave’s supercool umbrella. Knowing how careful they select products they own, I wasn’t surprised to hear that this was a fully biodegradable umbrella. And yes, it’s available in their shop.

Anyone who’s been in NYC after a storm has seen it – the streets and trash cans are filled with the super cheap black umbrellas, destined to sit in our landfills for hundreds of years. This is the worlds first fully biodegradable umbrella. It is made of 3 materials bamboo, organic cotton and a patented biodegradable bio film. It’s great to look at, but don’t be fooled, it is designed to withstand winds up to 40 mph – common street umbrellas will barely make it past 12mph.

Brelli: Bamboo Umbrella


This is for you G!


Hey G: Thank You for being my Umbrella!

Umbrella Contraption


Japan’s Umbrella Shoulder Holder let’s you keep your both hands free in the rain to carry your stuff. Buy it at Amazon Japan for USD$26. This would come in especially handy for when I am pushing Ella’s stroller in pouring rain…

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Polite Umbrella


The Polite Umbrella folds up when you squeeze past people on the sidewalk. Watch a video over on JooYoun Paek’s site.

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An inflatable Cloud/Umbrella


Created by Dutch designer Joonsoo Kim, the Cloud Umbrella is carried around in stick form, and then inflated into mini-cumulus clouds of protection when the rain starts to pour. Made me smile and want one.

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Umbrella Bloom


Bloom by Sam Spenser.

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it’s raining umbrellas


on the verge of tears, originally uploaded Marta V.

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umbrella today?


Umbrella Today is a supersimple site that tells you if you are going to need an umbrella today or not. Just put in your zip code and ‘eh voila!’ This totally made me smile. G and I met because of his umbrella… (enter happy sigh here)

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Vending machine sells ideas for things to do


Vending machine sells ideas for things to do

UPDATE: I got an email from the inventor of the FUN-O-Meter. His name is Jake Bronstein. Check out more about his idea here.

(thank you scott)

handsfree umbrella


Hands-Free Umbrella, Ryo Masaki, 2005 (why does she have her hand up there at the handle if it is supposed to be hands-free?)

Owl Umbrella Stand


Owl Umbrella Stand



“The Nubrella is worn with a harness, and closes around its user like a clear, private cocoon, guaranteed never to turn inside out.”

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gigantic VW website

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water pistol umbrella


This unique, funnel shaped umbrella harnesses the flow of rainwater down into its handle, a water pistol. The user can fire at will, maintaining a constant flow of water as long as rain continues to fall!

typography umbrella


Splashed with more than 80 typefaces from Veer’s Umbrella type collection, the Pitter Patter umbrella shields you from cloudbursts with a burst of typography. Set in blue type on eight panels of black fabric, with a wooden handle and automatic release.

umbrella pot


The umbrella pot is an ingenious invention as the collecting rainwater actually serves a purpose: watering the plant. I *love* it!

(via productdose)

Milo is a rain-o-phobic


“Milo” – Milo is rain-o-phobic, so he carries an umbrella with him at all times.
(8″ x 10″ and is printed on 8.5″ x 11″ | $20.00)

rainbow umbrella

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Color Wheel Umbrellaicon: I think it’s time for me to introduce a new category: Umbrellas. Right G?

Pileus: The Internet Umbrella



Pileus is an umbrella connected to the Internet to make walking in rainy days fun. Pileus has a large screen on the top surface, a built-in camera, a motion sensor, GPS, and a digital compass, and it provides two main functions; A Social Photo-sharing and A 3D Map Navigation.

The photo function is connected to a major web service “Flickr”. A user can take photo with a camera on the umbrella, and pictures are uploaded to Flickr in two minutes with context tags via a wireless Internet connection. Users can also enjoy themselves watching photo-streams downloaded from Flickr …with simple operation of wrist snapping.

Pileus: The Internet Umbrella. Made for you, G!

stand umbrella


This stand umbrella had me rejoice and grin. Fabulous!

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