The Umbra Story:
UMBRA is a Toronto-based homeware design company born over 30 years
ago when graphic designer, Paul Rowan, couldn’t find a nice window shade
to hang in his apartment window. So, he made one and people liked it.
He soon teamed up with childhood friend, Les Mandelbaum, and Umbra
(in Latin, “shade”) was born. Les and Paul began reimagining everyday
items into modern ware.
Today, UMBRA is recognized all over the world for bringing intelligent
design to everyday items. An in-house team of international designers creates
original design that speaks universally and personally to a broad customer base.
The journey that started in Toronto continues—UMBRA designs can be found in over 120 countries.