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Designer and sometime bass player Jonah Takagi strives for a cantilever effect by centering the table legs at the sides instead of the corners for this elongated version of his Tier Series, inspired by the Mid-century International Style. Born in Tokyo and raised in New England, the Rhode Island School of Design grad’s powder-coated steel tables joins the lineup at Umbra Shift, an offshoot brand tasked with looking at everyday objects with new verve from Toronto-based Umbra.
It’s not very often that a global enterprise takes the opportunity to revisit its early days but, with Umbra Shift, a household name is doing just that. Conceived as a brand extension of Toronto-based Umbra, a design leader in home products for more than 30 years, the offshoot line harkens back to the company’s original creative impetus with a diverse assortment of freshly minted home goods. The brainchild of Umbra’s design director Matt Carr, the collection draws on the talents of both emerging and established designers—Harry Allen, Hlynur Atlason, Fugitive Glue, Albert Lee, Paul Loebach, Philippe Malouin, MSDS, Lukas Peet and the Umbra Studio—for its selection of carefully crafted furnishings and objects. As Matt puts it, “These are all things we actually want to take home.”