Blunt Umbrellas

So it’s December and Australia overall is to-ing and fro-ing about how it’s going to be: sunny, overcast, hot, cold; there’s no one consensus yet.

I thought it might make sense to showcase a bit of design ingenuity and creativity with a practical element that I can’t even fathom didn’t exist before .

Meet Blunt Umbrellas, a piece of New Zealand design that – when they take off – will do away almost completely with umbrellas that turn inside-out, fall apart or poke someone in the eye.

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They were created by a Kiwi engineer, Greig Brebner and with their patented blunt ends, have redesigned not only the practical elements of the umbrella but its aesthetic, reinventing it as something of a style piece – in bold colours as well.

The umbrellas withstand the strongest winds, having been tested in gales of up-to 117km per hour, which is only made possible thanks to the favourable tension dispersion throughout the entire canopy of the item. It involves all other sorts of engineering intricacies that I won’t go into here, but you can read about at their website.

Either way you look at it, it’s a cool, different and oh so necessary accessory we can’t do without when the skies go grey that now has a cool, different spin on it.

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