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  • Umbra

    from Buffalo, NY

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About Umbra

Natalie Kruch, designer of the Balloona Stool and a Canadian native born in 1985 in Edmonton, Alberta, was a third year undergraduate student at the University of Alberta, when she created a version of the stool as part of a class assignment. "I have an affinity for bright colors and was researching the use, re-use, and appreciation of everyday objects," explains Kruch. She ultimately completed the Balloona independently the summer before graduating. Umbra saw her prototype at the February 2007 Toronto Interior Design Show, where it was being exhibited in the University of Alberta booth.

In January 2010, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Decorative Arts & Design Department added the stool to its permanent collection. "The Balloona Stool is a joyously original object," commented Kathryn Hiesinger, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700.

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