Umbra is about original design, 36 years worth of innovation, of finding simple, thoughtful solutions that respond to everyday challenges, and providing pleasure from the objects that accessorize our lives. Our goal is to reinvent everyday design.

Eugénie de Loynes

Umbra Design Lead

Designer Eugénie de Loynes was born in France, but spent much of her childhood abroad in Reunion Island and Japan. She credits this to her curiosity about the spaces and objects around that surround her. To Eugénie, design is about making connections with people and she makes a point of connecting to the past by studying historical objects and how they were made. As she states, “design is more than just a pretty face, they have to provide a function and to last”.

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David Green

Umbra Design Lead

David Green had a fine arts background before focusing on Industrial Design. To him, design is exciting, “it’s about seeing the world in new ways and re-imaging the objects around us.” David’s story is about finding inspiration all around him from a quiet coffee shop to a day at the beach with his boys. David reminds us that design is rarely right the first time. “Really great design is born out of a series of failed experiments. The key is to always be open to trying something new.”

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Adrienna Matzeg

Graphic + Product Designer

Adrienna Matzeg came to the Umbra Studio as a textile and surface designer with a background in both analog and digital processes. To her the Umbra Studio is a great place to explore her creativity by working with a diverse group of designers. “The thinking that comes out of a multidisciplinary studio allows everyone to solve problems in a new way.” Adrienna finds inspiration all around her but is most motivated by, “finding the connection between the products (she) designs and the people who will ultimately use them.”

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Edward Lee

Umbra Product Designer

Edward Lee has always had a love of “hands on creative experiences”. His interest in Industrial Design comes from a love of cars and sees the objects around us much like you would look at car design. To Edward, “the objects around us teach so much about the people in society…they are snapshots in time into the way people live.” Edward strives to create simple objects that connect with people.

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Matt Carr

VP Design, Umbra + Umbra Shift

For VP of Design, Matt Carr, his role has changed a lot over time, but if you ever catch him on an airplane you will likely see his sketch book. He appreciates the solitude of travel to get new ideas on paper. He leads the design group and overall creative direction at Umbra and appreciates the role original design plays in the organization. "At Umbra, original design is the heart of our business. It's ingrained in our culture, whether in design, finance or production. It's how we maintain the stability of our company and develop long-lasting relationships with our customers. It's exciting to contribute design that creates ever-changing living experiences."

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Laura Carwardine

Umbra Product + CMF Designer

Umbra designer Laura Carwardine notes that "what people put in their homes is representative of who they are. We all enjoy curating the space we live in-it's a way to connect." Creating engaging, affordable designs that consistently express the consumers' style and capture their viewpoint is the challenge that she, and the rest of the Umbra team face everyday.

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Sung wook Park

Umbra Design Lead

"Simplicity leads to the clearest idea," emphasizes Umbra designer Sung wook Park. It takes constant observation, discipline and talent to engineer a perfect balance of style, simplicity, quality, and value. Each new product has to tell a story and build a relationship with the consumer. Its ingenuity and performance should reveal the product's unique design.

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Wesley Chau

Umbra Product Designer

"Offering ease of experience, new behaviours and non-traditional approaches to accomplish a task," are to Umbra designer Wesley Chau the elements that make original design imperative to Umbra. The Umbra customer expects a clever yet well-made, on-trend yet timeless aesthetic, and above all, a functional product at an affordable price. Delivering these features in every design is what sets Umbra apart.

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