- 9:57 am - Sat, Oct 27, 2012
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Here’s a fun and provocative line of thought for a Saturday:
How often does the kind gesture of sharing your umbrella with a companion end with the two of you awkwardly out of step, drenched instead of dry? Belgian designer Quentin de Coster sought to remedy this by creating a two handled or “BRANCH” umbrella for a sharing twosome. By taking second hand umbrellas and replacing them with a handle of his own design printed by the 3-D company Materialise, de Coster breathes new life into the mundane old umbrella.
De Coster originally created the BRANCH umbrella for the auction “Second Hand, Second Life” put on by the Belgian non-profit Les Petits Riens/Spullenhulp. His communal umbrella is both an invitation to share, but it also encourages you to walk in stride with your partner, and “to be less individualistic and take time,” he says.
More here: The Umbrella Built for Two: A Playful Rethinking of a Mundane Object | Design on GOOD