Used both by employees and guests alike, umbrella stands are always a welcome, functional addition to an entrance or a reception. The diversity of designs is surprising, especially given the relatively small size of the product group.
For example, Alvar Aalto’s triangular, 1936 ‘Umbrella Stand 115’ for Artek is an understated, lacquered birch design, a brass tray at the bottom adding a touch of luxury and sophistication. Dutch Original’s ‘Gispen 1017’ is another modernist classic, and is materialised in polished, tubular steel.
Eckhart Muthesius’s ‘Usha’ umbrella stand for ClassiCon, a broad, chromium-plated steel helix, with a black, wooden base, is more sculptural, and Isabel Gamero’s and Jordi Pérez’s ‘Plec umbrella stand’ for BD barcelona is an austere, orthogonal volume, with compartments for tall and telescopic umbrellas.
Charles O. Job’s ‘VIA’ umbrella stand for mox is a folded, dynamic, asymmetric design, which also provides two separate compartments. An even more playful approach is seen is ‘Capo Bastone, a plastic umbrella stand designed by Massimo Mussapi for Segis, where the storage compartment assumes an abstract shape of an umbrella, along with a crook handle.
Some designs aim for multi-functionality, such as Schönbuch’s glass ‘UMBRELLA STAND 0511’, which is in fact a large, tall vase, and can be used as such. Michele de Lucchi and Sezgin Aksu’s ‘Battista’ line for Caimi Brevetti contains sober steel coat stand and an umbrella stand, but also offers a third option where the two are combined, the coat stand simply acquiring an additional umbrella ring.
Lastly, Scott Fellows and Craig Bassam return to luxury with their abstract, minimalist ‘Umbrella Stand’, a rectangular, welded brass rack with a dense grid of cross columns delineating individual compartments.