What looks at first like a classic black umbrella reveals a happy surprise when opened: a big, bright yellow smiley face on the design’s underside. Lightweight, portable and durable, this standard-size umbrella will make you happy when it rains.
The legend of the smiley face’s origin places it in 1971, when it was published as a symbol for happy news in the French newspaper France-Soir. Franklin Loufrani designed the smiley face for his column and invited viewers to “Take the Time to Smile!” Since then, Smiley has over become a happy icon that communicates positivity to the world. An emblem for anyone preferring to swap a narrative of despair with possibility and promise, the Smiley collection radiates a simple, universal joy.
Features of the Smiley Umbrella include:
- Designed to withstand windy weather with carbon fiber struts.
- Opens manually.
- Coated for full UV protection so you can also use the umbrella as a sun shield.
- Matching slip-on carry case.
- Standard size - 39”diam when opened.
- Measures 9.84l x 1.97w x 1.97”d when closed.
- Made from polypropylene, fiberglass, ABS plastic & acrylic.
DesignerSuck UK Design Team
Size9.84l x 1.97w x 1.97”d when closed
MaterialAluminium, Pongee Fabric, Plastic Polypropylene, Fibreglass, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Acrylic
Year of Design2022
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