These colorful series of lighted umbrellas make reference to the many different ways we experience rain; from bold colors to a more subdued black pattern. They are beautiful fashion accessories that are also built tough and provide visibility and safety while walking in the rain at night.
- Amazing 6 ft circle of light.
- On/Off button on handle.
- 6 volt krypton bulb in a chrome housing (easily available for replacement).
- 36 in long, 43 in diameter canopy.
- Windproof: tested to 40mph without damage.
- Virtually unbreakable: fiberglass shaft and polycarbonate ribs insure that even when the umbrella gets turned inside-out it remains intact.
- Sterling silver clasp.
- 4 AA batteries offer up to 3 hours of constant illumination.
- Pongee Nylon: water shedding, stain resistant, dye-sublimated canopy.
- Trademarked Liquid Design #3 by Karacters Design Group.
- Weighs only 16 oz: the lightest illuminated umbrella available.
- Includes clear storage/travel tube with shoulder strap.
The Liquid Series Story: by designer Ian Bouchard
Often umbrellas are an afterthought. I remember going to a wedding where a sudden spurt of rain forced the wedding party (in tuxedos and expensive dresses) under a collection of golf and logo’d umbrellas…one was a lop-sided Miller Lite umbrella.
I’m a bit of a design geek and thought that printed canopies of the type I’d seen on some cool umbrellas (think Marimekko) would be interesting when under-lit by the light of our umbrella. This could supplement the safety aspect of the lighted umbrella with a “be seen” for fashion’s sake appeal. The beauty of the designs offset the image of “safety means reflective and neon/fluorescent colors” mentality.
The addition of sterling silver clasps and a clean package design helped position the item as a serious design item rather than a cheap gadget that might only last one year. I wanted people to consider that these umbrellas could be relied upon for many years.
The theme of the different states of water came after a group of us were recognizing the concept of the Inuit people having 60+ different words for snow. We on the West Coast experience many different forms of precipitation and ended up visualizing the different ways we experience water. The aesthetic is purposely clean and modern.
They’ve been awarded the GOOD DESIGN Award from the Chicago Atheneaum: Museum of Architecture & Design and the LOTUS Award among others.
I think part of the appeal of these is that they run from classic design-inspired (WATERBEADS) to colorful and bold (MONSOON), to subtle and pretty (RIPPLE EFFECT). The light, in and of itself, wouldn’t be so compelling if there wasn’t more than just the “user” to illuminate!