Umbra is a Toronto-based designer and manufacturer of housewares. Founded in 1979, Umbra now sells more than 2,000 home products, sold through 25,000 retailers in 75 countries. Umbra brings thought and creativity to everyday items through original design. Great design comes from creative thinking and Umbra is committed to nurturing talent by collaborating with new and emerging designers. Each Umbra product is an original design with the name of the designer recognized on the product.
Half of the world’s population now lives in urban centers where real estate is expensive and space is hard to come by. In Toronto alone, average condo sizes have shrunk by over 100 square feet over the last ten years. This has resulted in a trend towards making small spaces more livable and efficient. We need objects that make compact living exceptional. In being mindful of small spaces, Umbra invites designers to design innovative housewares that consider opportunities for multiple functions, storage, space efficiency, personalization, dual utility, entertaining, and other micro-living concerns.
All results will be judged by a team of Umbra representatives on November 30th. At the time of the final presentation, the jury will decide how many of the projects will be further developed for presentation in New York City in May. The finalist’s projects will be brought to New York City and displayed at the 2017 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) or in an off-site exhibition as part of Design Week in New York City.