These Artist-Designed Umbrellas Will Brighten Dreary Days
Cold, dreary days are nice to enjoy if you’re planning on cozying up inside but not as much fun if you have to leave the house. Enter: the SHED RAIN Artist Series. The Portland-based company is brightening up those damp days with their capsule collection of umbrellas designed by three favorite artists: Lisa Congdon, Studio Proba, and Katie Merz.
The umbrella shades reflect each artist and their unique signature style. Alex Proba of Studio Proba used her Field Study design to cover her canopy with organic shapes and vibrant colors. This emotive pattern packs a visceral punch to fight gloom often associated with gray skies.
Lisa Congdon’s umbrella serves as a reminder of brighter days ahead with its bright, taxi yellow lining, a handle of the same hue, and illustration titled Where The Magic Happens. The messaging is transmitted without ever saying a word.
For those wanting a more neutral option, Katie Merz’ Brooklyn Bank pairs a white lining and handle with hand-drawn illustrations – her signature graphic patterns, which mix graffiti with blueprints – on a black canopy top.
Beyond the artful shades, SHED RAIN might make you want to replace your ordinary umbrella for one of theirs. The 48-inch arc provides more than enough coverage for one or two people and its genius Reverse Close feature means that the water stays away from you when put away, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally brushing up against wet canopies. The frame is made of fiberglass and steel and the canopy is double layered with 100% recycled polyester fabric, ensuring durability for even the most torrential downpour.
Lisa Congdon’s design is currently available here, while Studio Proba’s model launches February 21, with Katie Merz’s version following on March 20.
To buy your new artist-designed umbrella, visit shedrain.com.