The Sky Umbrella's exterior gives away nothing more than a plain, black canopy and a simple wooden handle. Once opened, the interior reveals a cheerful blue sky dotted with fluffy, white clouds. Made of sturdy nylon covering the photo-process-printed sky on polyester with a durable wooden shaft and handle with a manual open/close mechanism. The Sky Umbrella was introduced in 1992 by the MoMA Design Store, which was designed by legendary graphic designer Tibor Kalman and Emanuela Frattini Magnusson. 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.
Classic black on the outside, opens up to a bright clouded blue sky on the inside.