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April Showers Bring Chic Umbrella Stands

Keep your foyers dry with these six elegant designs

By Sophie Sobol

Rain rain go away, come again another day. The rainy season in Toronto has arrived and with the wet weather comes the usual jumble of rain-resistant apparel, clogging up entryways and doorframes alike. But as the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. If this beautification is true of other April benchmarks, should your piles of umbrellas not get a makeover too? Help tuck away that seasonal clutter with a stylish umbrella stand that acts as both a storage solution and a statement of high design. This roundup showcases six elegant offerings that elevate your space – and won’t rain on your parade.

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Brennan Leather Umbrella Stand

While Ralph Lauren may be better known for its iconic polo shirt or teddy-bear apparel, the designer brand’s home furnishings are equally as sophisticated. The Brennan Leather Umbrella Stand, available in Black or Saddle, features soft calfskin leather and hand-stitched details. This elegant, equestrian-feeling stand speaks to the brand’s long history with high-quality leather – not to mention Western-inspired goods. $1,035, from Ralph Lauren Home.

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Drizzle Black Umbrella Stand

Keep your foyer neat and tidy with this CB2 exclusive with a sophisticated silhouette. The Drizzle Black Umbrella Stand features a minimalist design of thin vertical bars that is strikingly simple yet also highly functional. Made of powder-coated iron, the product stands tall at 20 inches in height. $149, at CB2 Canada.

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FiddleHead Umbrella Stand

The FiddleHead Umbrella Stand by Toronto designer Hollis+Morris presents a simple yet purposeful profile. With one cold-rolled steel cable that connects the wooden base to the ring above, this elegant design makes effective use of empty space to create a subtle silhouette. Available in oak (white, natural, black) or walnut, as well as black and white steel, you can find it for $758, at Hollis+Morris.

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Artek Umbrella Stand 115

Originally designed in 1936 by Alvar Aalto, co-founder of Finish design company Artek, the Artek Umbrella Stand 115 inspires elegance with a thoughtful design of birch and brass. Made in Finland, this umbrella holder is composed of three solid pillars in supple birch wood plus two hand-bent lamella loops, which require the force of two people to bend. A brass bowl forms the base of the structure – which will eventually develop a brilliant patina after years of raindrops from dripping umbrellas. $1299, at Quasi Modo Modern Home.

Designlines Umbrella Stand Roundup

Umbrella Stand 0510

What could be more refined than umbrella storage made purely out of glass? The Umbrella Stand 0510. from German design firm Schönbuch features hand-blown glassware, available in either clear or smoked. This beautifully crafted statement piece can also be used as a tall standing vase for floral bouquets – perfect for when April showers finally turn to May flowers. Pricing upon request, at Klaus.

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Umbrella Stand Artman

Combining elements of hotel boutique design and stylish home decor, the Umbrella Stand Artman offers a glamorous alternative to a traditional outline. Designed by Dutch design company Eichholtz, the product is available in silver or gold colourways and features a black drip tray to contain water droplets. Ideal for large gatherings, with three main storage compartments, it can hold up to six umbrellas. Available through Eichholtz, pricing upon request.


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