Designer: Tibor Kalman and Emanuela Frattini Magnusson for the MoMA
Size: 37" diam
In 1992 the MoMA Design Store introduced the original Sky Umbrella by legendary graphic designer Tibor Kalman and Emanuela Frattini Magnusson. This collapsible umbrella's exterior gives away nothing more than a plain, black canopy. Once opened, the interior reveals a cheerful blue sky dotted with fluffy, white clouds. The umbrella's surprising blue-sky interior echoes the playful career of Kalman, whose work is featured in the Museum's collection. Kalman once again used the visual motif of the Sky Umbrella in a 1995 issue of Colors, an award-winning global magazine where Kalman served as the founding editor-in-chief. The umbrella conveniently folds to a small size, making it easy to transport and ideal for travel. Made of sturdy nylon with an automatic open/close mechanism.
Defying expectations, the Sky Umbrella's black exterior hides a bright, sunny pattern on the inside. That surprising blue-sky interior echoes the playful career of Tibor Kalman, whose work — including a Talking Heads album cover and a paperweight resembling crumpled-up yellow legal-pad paper — is featured in MoMA’s collection.