Umbra Shift Home Design at A+R

A selection of creative design objects now available stateside for the first time

For more than 30 years Toronto’s Umbra has held a significant presence in the homeware segment, though it’s their recently-established, contemporary design focused arm Umbra Shift that’s earned our attention this time. After being rolled out in the past few weeks in Hong Kong and Vancouver, the capsule collection has landed Stateside thanks to California-based design retailer A+R. The extension brand taps established, emerging and …

Unconventional Stools from UHURU

Two unique seats employ bronze casting and traditional Japanese wood-charring techniques

Though Brooklyn’s furniture brand UHURU was founded in 2004, it wasn’t until the debut of their 2010 collection of repurposed Coney Island boardwalk planks that UHURU went from a small design and build shop to having a piece in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In years since, UHURU has continued to utilize reclaimed materials—2011’s War Craft Collection used deck wood from …

Tadao Ando’s Dream Chair

An imaginative ode to the classic designs by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son

Founded in 1908, Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son is largely known for using natural materials, relying on refined design and the unblemished beauty of raw wood, wicker and leather to tell each piece’s individual story—while creating a cohesive brand identity. Although synonymous with legendary Danish designer Hans J. Wegner, who joined the company in 1949 and became one of the most celebrated Mid-Century …