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Blow up umbrella stand

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The first items of the “Blow up” family, whose production was launched in 2004, registered an immediate international success. This because they brought a wave of fresh air into our domestic landscape, sometimes almost too rooted in their form/function ratio. Their method of construction is reminiscent of the forms of recycling typical of urban conglomerates in the third world, at least as we Europeans might imagine them, but this is done poetically, skilfully respecting the basic requirements of the relevant objects. I believe this approach is a good example of Lightness and Consistency, two of the literary recommendations of Italo Calvino. Diameter (inches): 13′′ Height (inches): 19¾′′ Family: Blow up