Umbra (company)

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Founded 1979
Founder Paul Rowan and
Les Mendelbaum
Headquarters Toronto, Canada
Products Housewares

Umbra is a Toronto-based designer and manufacturer of houseware. (The name umbra means shade in Latin). The company was founded by two childhood friends in 1979. The company now sells more than 2,000 home products, sold through 25,000 retailers in 75 countries. The company's products are recognized by a stylized "U" printed on each item.[1][2]

Umbra Concept Store in downtown Toronto



  1. ^ "Umbra's new flagship offers design in action". The Globe & Mail. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  2. ^ Jacob, Wendy (1999-12-05). "Shady beginnings". The Toronto Star. 
  3. ^ Toronto Sun article on Umbra designer Karim Rashid

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