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BLUNT - THE WIZARDS OF WEATHER CONTROL
The team at Blunt abhor the idea that umbrellas are at the forefront of the throwaway culture. (And we whole-heartedly agree!)
Blunt's quest is to change the consumers acceptance of built-in obsolescence and shoddy workmanship one BLUNT™ umbrella at a time.
Blunt umbrellas are the result of merging a truly revolutionary design with the values of quality workmanship and painstaking material selection. Combine this with a mad scientist testing regime, and they have created an umbrella you will be super proud to own.
Putting it bluntly, their umbrellas are the single most significant advancement in umbrella design, in over a century... or even longer.
Who really knows how long, but they are without doubt, the world's best umbrellas - designed in New Zealand.
A revolution in umbrella design.....Blunt derives its name from the clever fact that there are no sharp points at the edge of the canopy, making it super safe as you wander the streets, feeling safe and dry. The low profile and tensioned canopy allows the Blunt umbrella to sit effortlessly in the wind and provide maximum protection from the elements.
The Blunt's innovative design means the canopy will not tear at the tips or easily turn inside out.
The push-pull runner makes the Blunt easy to open and a concealed catch keeps the Blunt closed when not in use.
The radial tensioning system (RTS) redirects, transfers and distributes the effort used in opening the umbrella throughout the entire canopy surface. The RTS creates a strong, aerodynamic umbrella with no sharp points - the Blunt umbrella.
The radial tensioning system (RTS) consists of three parts:
- The double struts utilise all the force used to open the umbrella and redirect it outwards to the floating ribs.
- The floating ribs of Blunt Umbrellas are telescopic - allowing them to extend towards the canopy edge. As the ribs extend upwards and outwards they transfer the force from the struts to the edge of the canopy.
- Opening like little umbrellas themselves, the Blunt tips evenly distribute the outwards force from the ribs along the edge of the canopy.
“Structurally, the Blunt falls somewhere between suspension bridge and NASA space probe” - THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Umbrellas are just another hateful piece of urban luggage... the Blunt umbrella’s intelligent design might actually convert this hater" GIZMODO
"Its architectual integrity is as unbroken as the dome of St. Peter’s” - WIRED MAGAZINE
Canopy: Quick-dry polyester, UVR classified
Shaft: Anodized aluminum (Metro = combination of Al and Steel; G1/G2 = FRP)
Material, handle: ABS / TPR (rubber)
Akira Isogawa is one of Australia’s most iconic designers. Born in Kyoto Japan, Akira moved to Australia in 1986 where he studied fashion design at the Sydney Institute of Technology, drawing inspiration from contemporary Japanese design.
Blunt has teamed up with this iconic designer to create two iconic umbrella designs. We bring you the BLUNT Lite UV with Akira's Bird garden design.
Akira’s work is heavily influenced by his Japanese heritage and the floral motif is widely used in traditional Japanese textiles and garments such as the Kimono. The bird which appears in the ‘bird garden’ design is the Japanese sparrow, which is native to Japan and symbolises loyalty and love.
Slim, stylish and as sturdy, the Blunt™ Lite is the lightest full-length umbrella to date. With the curved, genuine leather handle adding a touch of class, this is a fine choice for those that like to swing a folded umbrella while they walk (in between rain showers, of course).
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