sometimes the new year is for discovering new things, other times for discovering things that for some inexplicable reason have escaped your attention in the past. umbra shift is one such example; an extension of global product design company umbra, focusing on contemporary influences in the design community, which i had not really been consciously aware of before.
the collection, which actually launched back in august 2014, revisits umbra’s heritage of applying thoughtful design to everyday items, through a collaborative of established, emerging, and in–house designers who share umbra’s belief in ideas that are functional, familiar and forward thinking.
i absolutely love the collection of products they have created and cannot believe that – apart from the hanger chair by philippe malouin – these pieces had not been on my radar before now. the cowboy coffee kettle by castor design, based on traditional open range fire brewing, have swiftly moved to the top of my wish list, and i love the sleek graphic lines of the tier side tables by jonah takagi, which draw from the architectural language of modernist 1960’s high-rises. the pleated vase series by msds studio is also incredibly beautiful; designed to accompany a plant through the different stages of growth, highlighting the beauty of the leaves through the handmade, geometric pleats… if only i could keep a plant alive that long!
what about you, have you come across umbra shift before?