Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Umbra, a Toronto-based company with a wide collection of casual and contemporary home accessories, redefines plain and simple homeware with Umbra Shift — a collection of functional and creatively-designed home pieces with minimal aesthetic and embodies function and an element of curiosity.

Umbra Shift, an extension of Umbra, is a collection of modern, easy-to-use home accessories exhibiting function, practicality and design.The collection showcases the works of Umbra in–house designers who were asked to re-think things and design personal objects they themselves would want to give or use at home. 

One of the highlights of Umbra Shift is the Coiled Stool. Inspired by the highly admired traditional basket-making techniques of the Philippines, the Coiled Stool is made with hand-woven threads covering a rattan core. Aside from a comfortable tractor seat, the Coiled Stool also has a bar stool version which fits easily into casual and formal environments.  

In addition to the Coiled Stool are Umbra Shift’s other contemporary house pieces such as the Brick Lamp, an adjustable LED task lamp for the desk or shelf; Hanger Chair and Nest Caddy. 

 Umbra, which means "shade" in Latin, was born when graphic designer Paul Rowan custom-made a window shade for his apartment, and teamed up with his childhood friend Les Mandelbaum. 

“We are truly excited to bring this collection of thoughtfully designed and well crafted products to an international design stage. Note that a few pieces from the collection were handmade right here in the Philippines,” says Umbra Design Director Matt Carr.

Today, the award-winning company employs an international team of in-house designers and global network which make its original designs available in over 120 countries. The full collection can be seen at the Umbra Store in Toronto. 

The Umbra Shift homeware are available in Dimensione, One Parkade, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.

To learn more about Umbra and its wide range of home accessories designed for modern living, visit www.umbra.com and umbrashift.com.

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