Umbrella stand

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Umbrella holder outside a store

An umbrella stand is a storage cabinet for umbrellas and walking sticks. Usually to be found in the hall at the entrance of a home or at the entry point of a building.

In the most complex shape they are complemented with a hanger, a mirror and the umbrella container itself (see photo).[1]

At home the umbrella stand is used to hold umbrellas when not in use. In offices, the use is limited to rainy days[2] when employees and visitors need to carry an umbrella: By folding and inserting the closed umbrellas upon entering the building and collecting them again when leaving the building. The action in this case is to prevent entering the wet umbrella in the building wetting the floor all over.[3]

Umbrella containers[edit]

Two ceramic umbrella stands by the Japanese Masahiro Mori.
Old umbrella stand in a museum, Sri Lanka

Umbrella containers are objects that generally consist of a cylindrical tube[4] or with a square base, medium size (30–40 cm), where umbrella placed closed and in vertical position. In addition to a functional piece of furniture, it can be an aesthetic object for the decoration.

They are manufactured in a wide variety of materials: pottery,[4] plastic, metal and wood.[5] Today, one can find very avant-garde, particularly in metal and other combinations of metal and plastic materials or metal and glass, etc...[5]

In Japan, umbrella stands with locks are designed, which are safer and protect umbrellas from thieves.[6]

Umbrella Bag Dispensers[edit]

Wet bag for wet umbrella

A more recent variant of the umbrella stand used in modern retailers is the umbrella bag dispenser, which allows the user to insert the umbrella into a disposable waterproof bag when entering a building so as not to get the floors wet. This obviates the need for multiple umbrellas to be stored in the stand and the potential for improper retrieval of the wrong umbrella. This is placed at the entrance to shops and hotels and other commercial buildings where storage of large numbers of umbrellas could be problematic.

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  1. ^ C. J. Petersen (1 April 2008). House Beautiful: The Organized Home: Stylish Storage Solutions for Every Room. Hearst Books. pp. 222–. ISBN 978-1-58816-682-1. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  2. ^ Nicolás Casas de Mendoza; Calleja y Compañía, Pablo (Madrid) (1868). Tratado de agricultura española teórico-práctica. Pablo Calleja y Compañía. pp. 210–. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  3. ^ Andrew Bender; Wendy Yanagihara. Tokyo. Lonely Planet. pp. 15–. ISBN 978-1-74059-876-7. Retrieved 26 February 2013. ..Umbrellas are for outdoors and should not be carried indoors when wet – use the umbrella stand by the entrance..
  4. ^ a b Kyle Husfloen. Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2008 Price Guide. F+W Media, Inc. pp. 348–. ISBN 978-0-89689-531-7. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b Original umbrella stands
  6. ^ "Japanese Umbrella Lockers". Retrieved 2017-01-17.

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