Poppins umbrella stand

Published on April 25, 2017

There are many umbrella stands but the archetype is designed for traditional long umbrellas with a hooked handles. Their intention was to create a three dimensional graphic piece that worked perfectly for both long and compact umbrellas.

The triangular shape was chosen as it fits well in any position in a room, including a corner, and it lets them tessellate beautifully. A simple series of holes enables furled or unfurled umbrellas of any size to be popped in without a problem. Poppins feels at the same time both serious and playful, the glossy plastic emphasizes its water proof qualities, but the form reminds them of a game; Billiards or perhaps Snooker triangle. By happy coincidence it is also the perfect shape for wine bottles!

The existing archetype for umbrella stands is designed for a long umbrella with a hooked handle. However, compact, extendable umbrellas are now much more popular so finding a solution that would work for both was Barber & Osgerby’s aim for this project; part of the Hello/Goodbye range for Magis. A simple series of holes worked best, enabling furled or unfurled umbrellas of any size to be dropped in. The chamfer around the top of each hole allows any rainwater running down the umbrella to be deflected into the hole, rather than onto the floor. Many card models were made to explore the best arrangement.

Finally, a triangular shape was chosen because it was found that it fitted well in any position: in a corner, or next to a piece of furniture and the layout of holes worked well without taking up much space.

Material: standard injection-moulded glossy ABS.

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