Made in the Shade

Courtney Mueller, May 15, 2007

Today, there is no such thing as a plain umbrella. Choices range from color selection to texture and tilt options as technological advances take the category to new heights.

 The Isla ShadeMaker umbrella by Shadescapes USA is the company  The Isla ShadeMaker umbrella by Shadescapes USA is the company's original design, featuring a sidepost that rotates and tilts to follow the sun and, when not in use, can fold to the mast in a compact vertical format.
 An aluminum pole with rattan-like design highlights the 11-ft. double-wind vent umbrella from Palm Springs Rattan & Garden Classics, also featuring a manual crank.  An aluminum pole with rattan-like design highlights the 11-ft. double-wind vent umbrella from Palm Springs Rattan & Garden Classics, also featuring a manual crank.
 Brass hardware complements the wide canopy of the Milano Market Parasol from Barlow Tyrie, featuring multiple pulleys to ease the raising of the parasol.  Brass hardware complements the wide canopy of the Milano Market Parasol from Barlow Tyrie, featuring multiple pulleys to ease the raising of the parasol.
 Galtech's Autotilt Series offers feminine appeal, complete with designer options such as valences, coordinating binding and tassels, for the ultimate in customization and style.  Galtech
 From TUUCI, the Crescent Parasol is highlighted by sweeping arcs that cascade to polished trillion ends, creating contemporary style with clean lines and a touch of nostalgia.  From TUUCI, the Crescent Parasol is highlighted by sweeping arcs that cascade to polished trillion ends, creating contemporary style with clean lines and a touch of nostalgia.
 Rotational tilt capabilities highlight patio umbrellas from Ratana Home and Floral, which also feature a variety of fabric colors and texture selections.  Rotational tilt capabilities highlight patio umbrellas from Ratana Home and Floral, which also feature a variety of fabric colors and texture selections.
 Terra Furniture has added the Riviera market umbrella to its line, available as a 9-foot octagon or 8×10 oval.  Terra Furniture has added the Riviera market umbrella to its line, available as a 9-foot octagon or 8×10 oval.
 From Padma's Plantation, the Outdoor Bay Harbor umbrella combines polyester fabric with wood, metal and brass, complemented with a pulley system to open and close the parasol.  From Padma
 Ideal for today  Ideal for today's larger casual dining tables, Treasure Garden's Easy Track umbrella features a lift system that operates with a simple push of a finger — with no cords, cranks or pulleys.
Innovative in design, the Mo bo ma folding sunshade from Accents by Design features a slightly curved aluminum frame, adding a sculptural element to the umbrella.    Innovative in design, the Mo bo ma folding sunshade from Accents by Design features a slightly curved aluminum frame, adding a sculptural element to the umbrella.

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