About

We are Umbra.

We are a global housewares product design company.
We bring thought and creativity to everyday items
through original design.

Our Story

Founded in 1979 in Toronto, Canada, Umbra is a design company recognized for bringing intelligent houseware products to customers around the world.


Originality is deeply rooted within the company’s foundation. Umbra began when graphic designer and co-founder Paul Rowan needed a window shade in his apartment. Unable to find one that fit his taste and price point, he created his own. Paul then teamed up with childhood friend, Les Mandelbaum, and together they began to re-imagine everyday items into modern designs – Umbra was born.


Together with its international team of designers, the company values creating products that are original, modern, casual, functional and affordable. Today, Umbra is sold in over 120 countries.

The Umbra Store

Located in Toronto’s creative Queen West District, the Umbra Store is a uniquely engaging space to view and shop the full Umbra and Umbra Shift collections. We welcome you to touch and feel our assortment of original products and engage with our store associates and product designers in the upstairs design studio.

Umbra Shift

Umbra Shift is an extension of Umbra that focuses on contemporary influences in the design community. For more than 30 years, Umbra has broken the mold by creating entirely new categories that apply thoughtful design to everyday items. Umbra Shift revisits these roots with a roster of established, emerging, and in–house designers who share Umbra’s passion to re-think things, designing personal objects they themselves would want to give or use at home. The result is a collection that expresses diverse points of view, yet sits together with a shared belief in ideas that are functional, familiar and forward thinking.

Join Us!

We share a vision of creating original, modern, and casual design for every room in the home. Curiosity, creativity and a passion for design are common characteristics of Umbra people around the world. We work out of more than 15 different countries, collaborating and pulling the best out of each other and ourselves. We are a private company with more than 30 years of experience in our industry—still led by our original founders.