This Umbrella's Built-in Bluetooth Reminds You Not To Forget It

There's a never-ending debate when it comes to buying umbrellas: Do you spend a lot of money on an expensive one you'll probably end up losing, or do you buy a cheap model that will most certainly break in a light breeze? Davek wants you to go the former route, and is now upgrading its umbrellas with Bluetooth in the… »2/26/15 3:40pm2/26/15 3:40pm

Watching an umbrella get hand made is more captivating than I thought

There's a bit of a chicken or the egg thing for me when it comes to umbrellas. I never spend too much money on umbrellas because they always break. Or do they break because I never spend too much money on them? After watching this titillating video of a beautiful umbrella being made, I think I know the answer. »1/07/15 11:52pm1/07/15 11:52pm

This Umbrella's Unlosable Sleeve Is Always Hiding In Its Handle

An umbrella isn't any more or less effective if you keep it wrapped in that thin fabric sleeve when not in use, but many of us just prefer it that way. It makes it easier to stash in a bag, and yes, there's a sense of panic and disorder when it goes missing. Thankfully, Nendo has ensured that will never happen again… »11/20/14 9:48am11/20/14 9:48am

A Clever Standing Umbrella Drips Dry On Its Own Two Feet

Sometimes all the extra effort required to carry an umbrella and deal with the soaking wet mess afterwards almost makes it seem like you're better off just facing the rain unprotected. But by simply adding a small pair of feet to the handle, the clever designers at Nendo have managed to make wrangling an umbrella a… »11/04/14 11:21am11/04/14 11:21am

Solar-Powered Umbrella Automatically Inflates When the Sun Shines

A passing cloud can make the sun's rays a little more bearable on a hot summer afternoon. Which is presumably what inspired the Netherlands' Studio Toer to create this cloud-shaped parasol that automatically inflates whenever the sun is shining, providing some much-needed shade without you having to get off your comfy… »3/31/14 12:00pm3/31/14 12:00pm

A Strong Case For an Umbrella With a Bendable Handle

As useful as an umbrella is for staying dry when it's pouring rain, they can be a pain to deal with when you get back inside and they're soaking wet. But designers Liang-Hock Poh and Ming-Hung Lin realized that by simply making the umbrella's handle flexible, it was far easier to hang somewhere for drying, and easier… »2/28/14 9:20am2/28/14 9:20am

This Unique Umbrella Will Never Flip Inside Out Because It Already Is

A Japanese company may have finally solved the issue of umbrellas flipping inside out during nasty storms with a new, rather brilliant design: why not have the umbrella inside out to begin with? You'll probably need to take a few minutes to wrap your head around the concept, which actually has several advantages over… »11/04/13 10:49am11/04/13 10:49am

The Last Umbrella You'll Ever Buy Can Easily Survive a Wind Tunnel

Taking inspiration from a motorcycle helmet, which protects riders from the elements without hindering their line of sight, Stephen Collier created the Rainshader to be the next generation of umbrellas. And given it can survive Gale Force 7 winds up to 40 miles per hour, it could be the last brolly you ever buy. »5/09/13 11:29am5/09/13 11:29am