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More comfort: new sun umbrella products

Ambiente by Glatz © Glatz

The sun umbrella is one of the classic sources of shade. In order to keep a cool head in the garden and on the patio even when the temperatures are getting hotter, there are now a number of models and solutions. We present current design for effective sun protection.

With the increasing shift of living outdoors, the requirements for sun protection have also increased. Garden umbrellas should be designed as well as possible, be intuitive in operation and at the same time be able to withstand extreme weather conditions. Today’s models therefore involve not only robust processing and design, but also especially weather-resistant materials.


Solmotion by doppler © doppler

Technology for more operating comfort

The increasing need for more comfort in the “green living room” is addressed by current sun umbrellas with technical refinements. Thus, for example, the Austrian manufacturer doppler has installed a solar-operated motor into the “Solmotion” model. The hanging sunshade, which can be rotated 360 degrees, can be automatically opened and closed by remote control or by pressing on the pole.


LED battery light by Schneider Schirme © Schneider Schirme

More than sun protection

The times in which sun umbrellas simply provided shade have long since passed. Newer models also function in the dark. LED strips in the struts of the umbrella ensure bright evening hours and use solar energy to provide them. Also cleverly designed is the round lamp for reading and creating a mood from Schneider Schirme. It can be fastened in the sliders of most commercially available hanging sunshades with a bayonet catch and need not be removed when closing. Additional current options for a functional expansion of the classic sun umbrella are, for example, electric fires for cooler barbecue evenings.


Salerno by Schneider Schirme © Salerno

From small areas to XXL design

Because space in the cities is precious, sun umbrellas also offer an increasing number of solutions for limited outdoor spaces like balconies or rooftop patios. The “Salerno” model from Schneider Schirme is especially well-suited for smaller urban balconies. The umbrella can also be opened, closed and bent in the smallest possible space between the balcony railing and the storey above. There is also XXL design suited for the opposite case of a large amount of outdoor space: cantilever umbrellas with a pole affixed at the side, such as the “Ambiente” model of the Swiss manufacturer Glatz or the “Kandinsky” umbrella of the Italian brand Magnani have a diameter of five metres.


Umbrella stand by Plinthit © Plinthit

Innovation in detail

An alternative to traditional sun umbrella stands is offered by the two Danish designers Josefine Osterby and Christian Jacobsen with their “Plinthit” model. The stands combine a special closing system with specially designed sandbags. The slim base of composite material guarantees stability while sliding engineering enables the attachment of any conventional sun umbrella.


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