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Such thing as a MCM umbrella?

Postby bitzala » Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:25 am

Any suggestions for a good modern patio umbrella in aluminum?
Is there any particular style associated with MCM era?

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Postby Miguel » Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:05 am

This umbrella is a good design (the perforated aluminum creates shade), but only one of a few custom made in 1961 for Freeborn Hall in UC Davis:

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Postby moderns-r-us » Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:47 pm

This one has been discussed before here.

http://www.brownjordan.com/default.asp? ... 11108&ps=u

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Postby robbhouston » Sun Jul 23, 2006 6:48 am

Although not a genuine MCM solution, I've been considering a 'shade sail' as a way to create shade over part of my patio. They're very striking and have a modern look about them...

http://www.shadesails.com

I'd likely go with a triangle version in pure white...2 points anchored on the house somehow (roof?) with the 3rd point anchored to a post (maybe a 2"x12', also white) set in concrete beyond the edge of the patio. Might even have that post lean away from the house slightly, and be a bit higher than the house mounted anchors to create a subtle butterfly effect off my low pitch roof. To make it even more distinctive, the post could taper down narrower towards the bottom.

My builder/carpenter friend would probably think I was mental if I described that to him...ha! That never stopped us before.. :)

Just ideas...hope they're helpful.

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Postby Joe » Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:40 am

there are some in the current CA Modern. Brown-Jordan Co

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Postby bitzala » Sun Jul 23, 2006 7:52 pm

Thanks for all the great suggestions.

Miguel-- I really like the UC Davis creation. Too bad no one's making it.

MRS-- thanks for the link. Kind of interesting and a variation of the above, I'm assuming. I found a place in Pasadena that carries them, so I'll check it out in person.

Robb-- I love the shade sail. It wouldn't work for our house, but I think it's very cool.

Thanks, Joe-- do you know which BJ are in CA modern? Was it the "sun spot" style or another?

Here's another one that I found-- kind of modern, I think.
http://www.dfiro.com/dfiro_design/index.html

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Postby scowsa » Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:39 pm

I love the shade sail. It wouldn't work for our house, but I think it's very cool.


Note that local canopy installers can often make "shade-sails" in all types of shapes using the same fabrics, plus you have the option of more color choices.

We recently had one made by a guy in Long Beach and it was cheaper -- per sq. ft. -- than a shade sail.

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Postby Joe » Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:42 pm

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Postby happy modernists in MN » Tue Jul 25, 2006 7:56 am

hi bitzala!
i don't think that these are aluminum umbrellas, but maybe just cool umbrellas to add to the list. for a while i was really into scanning old magazines & books... i have a crapload of jpegs of decorative screens, carts, outdoor furniture...
i know that the one umbrella is out of the book googie, and the other is out of some 1950's handyman mag. i had some lofty idea that i was going to make everything i couldn't find or afford... since i had the baby i've given up on that for a while!

good luck with your umbrella search!
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Postby bitzala » Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:47 pm

Hey, Joe-- thanks for posting the picture. Looks good.

Lonely modernists-- thanks much. Very helpful to see the umbrellas in a mid-century context. They look like the sun-spot style that Joe and MRU posted. And they're starting to grow on me.

I also found another modern umbrella by Tuuci that could work. Like the sun spot, the "zero horizon" has a zero vertical canopy profile, so it doesn't interfere with your view.

http://www.tuuci.com/collection_zero.html

scowsa-- thanks for the tip.

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Postby sumu » Fri Jul 28, 2006 4:44 pm

Good 'ol Sunset had a "How To Build PAtio Roofs" book from the 60's that had a couple of ideas. Circa 1964.

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Postby sumu » Fri Jul 28, 2006 4:46 pm

Also, sometimes schools dispose of their old 60's fiberglass outdoor seating, tables and umbrellas. Could probably pick up some for a song.

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Postby Emily Vandergeld » Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:09 am

bitzala wrote:Hey, Joe-- thanks for posting the picture. Looks good.

Lonely modernists-- thanks much. Very helpful to see the umbrellas in a mid-century context. They look like the sun-spot style that Joe and MRU posted. And they're starting to grow on me.

I also found another modern umbrella by Tuuci that could work. Like the sun spot, the "zero horizon" has a zero vertical canopy profile, so it doesn't interfere with your view.

http://www.tuuci.com/collection_zero.html

scowsa-- thanks for the tip.


Wow great stuff! looking for unique umbrella designs for my lawn, what are your thoughts on https://www.poggesiusa.com/ umbrellas?


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