Posts tagged umbrellas
2:00 pm - Mon, Aug 12, 2013
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There is a stunning metallic dome floating on the Bronx River in New York City right now—this fragile-looking structure is made of discarded umbrellas salvaged from the city’s streets and recycled plastic bottles. Created by husband-and-wife design team Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture, the Harvest Dome 2.0 had a predecessor that was accidentally destroyed while being installed—this newer and better version has been made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

http://designtaxi.com/news/359816/In-New-York-City-A-Beautiful-Floating-Dome-Made-Of-Discarded-Umbrellas/

There is a stunning metallic dome floating on the Bronx River in New York City right now—this fragile-looking structure is made of discarded umbrellas salvaged from the city’s streets and recycled plastic bottles.

Created by husband-and-wife design team Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture, the Harvest Dome 2.0 had a predecessor that was accidentally destroyed while being installed—this newer and better version has been made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

http://designtaxi.com/news/359816/In-New-York-City-A-Beautiful-Floating-Dome-Made-Of-Discarded-Umbrellas/

5:02 pm - Mon, Feb 25, 2013
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While we’ve highlighted some creative new uses for parts of “dead” umbrellas (our umbrella-related posts are grouped here), this idea’s new to us:
Combine an umbrella frame with one or more strings of icicle lights to yield some pretty unique lighting.
Spotted on Pinterest here. (For those of us wanting additional information: The original Pinterest pin links to a now-defunct blog here as the source; so, no info!) 
For earlier lighting-related posts, browse the Unconsumption Tumblr archive here.

While we’ve highlighted some creative new uses for parts of “dead” umbrellas (our umbrella-related posts are grouped here), this idea’s new to us:

Combine an umbrella frame with one or more strings of icicle lights to yield some pretty unique lighting.

Spotted on Pinterest here. (For those of us wanting additional information: The original Pinterest pin links to a now-defunct blog here as the source; so, no info!) 

For earlier lighting-related posts, browse the Unconsumption Tumblr archive here.

10:12 am - Sat, Oct 27, 2012
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Know anyone who’s looking for Halloween costume ideas?
There’s this (brief tutorial), from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories: How to build a better bat costume.
Find other uses for dead umbrellas here, and earlier Unconsumption Halloween-related posts here.

Know anyone who’s looking for Halloween costume ideas?

There’s this (brief tutorial), from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories: How to build a better bat costume.

Find other uses for dead umbrellas here, and earlier Unconsumption Halloween-related posts here.

9:57 am
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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

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

2:07 pm - Sun, Mar 25, 2012
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mollyblock:

I’ve long been a fan of artist Jean Shin; she’s turned discarded objects into really cool artwork. (We’ve featured some of her work on the Unconsumption Tumblr.) Here, I’m standing in front of one of her broken umbrella sculptures, in a private collection in Houston. (Taken with Instagram at Houston, Texas)

Spotted in the wild* yesterday, and Instagrammed**:
A Jean Shin sculpture made from broken umbrellas!
I (Molly) visited someone’s home, saw the umbrella installation, and wondered who made it. I was very pleased to learn it’s Jean.
For more of Jean’s work, including a link to a New York Times piece about her, see earlier Unconsumption posts here, here, and here. 
 *Actually, it was in someone’s gated front yard, but still, unexpected!
 **@Unconsumption’s on Instagram here, posting photos of interesting stuff, such as a pop-up installation built from used shipping containers, at the 2012 TED conference in Long Beach. 

mollyblock:

I’ve long been a fan of artist Jean Shin; she’s turned discarded objects into really cool artwork. (We’ve featured some of her work on the Unconsumption Tumblr.) Here, I’m standing in front of one of her broken umbrella sculptures, in a private collection in Houston. (Taken with Instagram at Houston, Texas)

Spotted in the wild* yesterday, and Instagrammed**:

A Jean Shin sculpture made from broken umbrellas!

I (Molly) visited someone’s home, saw the umbrella installation, and wondered who made it. I was very pleased to learn it’s Jean.

For more of Jean’s work, including a link to a New York Times piece about her, see earlier Unconsumption posts here, here, and here

 *Actually, it was in someone’s gated front yard, but still, unexpected!
 **@Unconsumption’s on Instagram here, posting photos of interesting stuff, such as a pop-up installation built from used shipping containers, at the 2012 TED conference in Long Beach
5:17 pm - Wed, Sep 28, 2011
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Rainy day wear:  
Broken umbrellas upcycled into skirts.
(Skirt by Cecilia Felli. Spotted by Marilyn Maciel, @MarilynM, on Crooked Brains. Thanks, Marilyn!)

Rainy day wear:  

Broken umbrellas upcycled into skirts.

(Skirt by Cecilia Felli. Spotted by Marilyn Maciel, @MarilynM, on Crooked Brains. Thanks, Marilyn!)

3:54 pm - Sun, Oct 24, 2010
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If your umbrella’s detached from its metal spine, tie or sew it back together with dental floss, which will last longer than regular thread. If your umbrella is beyond repair, or the spines/frame bent, use it as a drying rack. (via Real Simple)
Halloween bonus: Black umbrella fabric makes great bat wings!

If your umbrella’s detached from its metal spine, tie or sew it back together with dental floss, which will last longer than regular thread. If your umbrella is beyond repair, or the spines/frame bent, use it as a drying rack. (via Real Simple)

Halloween bonus: Black umbrella fabric makes great bat wings!

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