Do Umbrella Stands Need Designers?

Do Umbrella Stands Need Designers?

Regina Yunghans
Nov 4, 2008

We've seen Jeff Koons' infamous puppy vase used as an umbrella stand. And we've seen Karim Rashid's anthropomorphic design for holding umbrellas (pictured after the jump). These vessels, while admittedly functional, come at steep prices of $6,000 and $300 respectively...

These are Karim Rashid-designed umbrella stands. They sell for something like $300!

In actuality, an umbrella stand simply needs to do the job of holding umbrellas until you need them and collecting them when they're damp from use. There are lots of objects out there that can do the job (well and with beauty), saving you the big bucks for another day. So, AT readers, we're asking you: What have you used as an umbrella stand in your home? Please let us know in the comments below.

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