Umbra x Pratt 2009 Design Competition

by Tisha Leung Now in its fifth year, the Umbra/Pratt Design Competition proved once again that the collaboration is a natural fit, with the winners showing off their clever prototypes at this year's ICFF. The competition, open to undergraduates and graduate students in Pratt’s Industrial Design program, focused on the theme Need vs Want, challenging designers to create meaningful and compelling products that would be …

Umbra Tie Clock

by Tisha Leung The Tie Clock is Umbra’s latest repurposing design taking up well-worn ties from Goodwill and giving them new life as a clock. Designed by Alan Wisniewski for U+ Collection, Umbra's higher-end division, twelve ties act as the hour indicators with a pewter-faced timepiece. The cravats, scoured from the thrift shops in Canada are outfitted with wire frames slipped inside to keep them …

Mystic Wall Clock

The Mystic Wall Clock is a quiet addition to the new crop of products on Personal Interior Design, the Swedish internet shop. With no numbers and barely discernible hands, it's certainly not the most efficient timepiece. But what it lacks in logical components, it makes up for in eeriness. Designed by Matt Carr for Umbra, the clock's hazy finish lends an ethereal notion to the …