topographic umbrella stand by cmmnwlth topographic umbrella stand by cmmnwlth
feb 12, 2013

topographic umbrella stand by cmmnwlth

topographic ‘umbrella stand’ by cmmnwlth



using voids to contain umbrellas and collect bodies of water, new york-based design studio cmmnwlth have developed a topographic ‘umbrella stand’ with milled contours of natural landscapes. solid blocks of hardwood receive inset grooves for flush placement of the thin bent ply rails – giving structure to the holder. on stormy days, excess liquids would fill the voids to create miniature a lake-like scenery.



umbrella stand 3/4 view context



top view; topography voids



3/4 product overview



topographic detail



milling outcome detail



DWG views

  • would have been more interesting if they had used actual well-known earth topographies like the Great Lakes or the Grand Canyon.

    JJ says:
  • I disagree with JJ, I think leaving a less recognizable topography allows the design to look more unique, independent maybe. I’d think that a Grand Canyon shape would even make it seem cheesy in a way, like a souvenir shop decorative item

    Buddha says:
  • creative ideas of umbrella stands, I think, quite useful and good looking.

    ellea says:

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