Today, Umbra is recognized all over the world for bringing intelligent design to everyday items. An in-house team of international designers allows us to come up with original designs that speaks universally and personally to a broad customer base. The journey that started in Toronto continues and the brand’s designs can be found in over 120 countries.
Umbra is a Toronto-based homeware design company born over 30 years ago when graphic designer, Paul Rowan, couldn’t find a suitable window shade to hang in his apartment window. To fix the dilemma, Paul decided to make his own which was an instant success with those who saw it. He soon teamed up with childhood friend, Les Mandelbaum, and Umbra (Latin for ‘shade’) was born. Les and Paul began reimagining everyday items into modern ware which has led the company to where it stands 30 years later.