MoMA Exclusive: Designer Ellen Van Dusen brings her research into color theory with this vibrantly patterned multicolor umbrella. Featuring Dusen Dusen’s signature multicolor stripes and smiley faces, it also has a multicolor handle and wrist strap so you can make a maximalist statement on every rainy day. The Dusen Dusen Multicolor Umbrella opens and closes automatically with a button located on the handle and is made from metal, plastic and nylon. It measures 11l x 2w x 2”d, 21”diam. when open.
DesignerEllen Van Dusen
SizeClosed: 11l x 2w x 2"dOpen: 42" diam
MaterialMetal, plastic and nylon
Year of Design2022
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“I have studied the visual system of color from all angles, specifically why we see color and why we are drawn to it. Color holds various meanings for different people and cultures, but with the same underlying principles of how we process contrast.”
“I think color relationships are more important than any color on its own. I see it sort of like different keys in music—as long as you keep the relationship between notes the same, you have the same song.”
“I have always been drawn to color in a visceral way. I've gotten particularly into stripes in my own work as it is one of the purest forms of putting color together—it allows color to do all the work.”
Designer Ellen Van Dusen launched her brand Dusen Dusen in 2010 with a line of womenswear featuring original prints on versatile silhouettes. In 2015, she expanded her brand with the introduction of Dusen Dusen Home, which now includes towels, a bathrobe, a tissue box and a trash bin. The designs are characterized by vibrant colors and stripes, inspired by fine art and Van Dusen’s research into how our brains react to color.
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