Basil Bangs is Pretty Shady

No, we’re not hungover, but we are certainly shady. We make umbrellas after all! We make them for a couple of reasons, one of which is because we want to stay outside for longer without frying to a crisp, and another is because we want to do it in style. As it turns out, the crew at Pretty Shady share that same goal. It goes without saying that we were pretty thrilled when they asked us to develop a custom beach umbrella for them, which would sit alongside some other awesome sun-smart products (custom t-shirt by Lister anyone?!).

Happily, it’s no longer under wraps and we can show you all what we’ve come up with. One of our favourite fashion bloggers, Nicole Warne from Gary Pepper Girl loves it, and we hope you do too!

Basil Bangs Pretty Shady beach umbrella

Want to know the best bit? They’re giving these products away. Call them crazy, but it’s happening, and it’s happening here.

Basil Bangs + Marimekko = AMAZING

Who doesn’t know, and arguably love, the iconic Marimekko Unikko print? This beauty is certainly one of the Finnish design house’s best-known prints. As the story goes, it was created in 1964 by Maija Isola to prove to Marimekko founder Armi Ratia that a floral print could (and would) be amazing. And indeed it is, standing the test of time and looking as contemporary today as it did in the 60’s.

Recently, the lovely Suzanne from Bolt of Cloth in New Zealand got in touch about making up some umbrellas with Unikko and Joonas print fabric. This is how they turned out:


Amazing, right? Happy, sunny and beautiful…everything we want our umbrellas to be.

And before you ask…no, we’re not selling them ourselves but do get in touch with the team at Bolt of Cloth if you’d like a piece of the action!

Sydney Architecture Festival 2013


Today kicks off Sydney Architecture Festival 2013 and we’re psyched. We do love a great building. Running from 1-10 November, it’s ten days of talks, tours and exhibitions celebrating design in Sydney. Last year there were incredible underground tunnel tours (!!) and talks, and this year is not to be outdone with over 60 events scheduled right around the city.

Here are our picks:

The annual Lloyd Rees Memorial Lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Art is always awesome.

Ask an Architect series at Parramatta Library. Who hasn’t needed a professional opinion from time to time?

The exhibition Sydney Opera House 40th Anniversary: David Moore Photography Retrospective, at the Opera House, which documents the construction of the amazing building.

Blindfold Critique. LOVE this! What fun! Sydney artist and architect Professor Richard Goodwin will be blindfolded and taken to a well known piece of Sydney architecture & then asked to critique the architecture without seeing it or knowing where he is!

And lastly, Tin Sheds Gallery is hosting User Generated Architecture, with Raumlabor Berlin and Not Quite Square, two parallel projects that explore various architectural concepts and theories, including the hand made hippy houses of Nimbin to the utopian architectural experiments of the 1960s and 70s.


Image: The Generator, Raumlabor Berlin, Venice 2010, via Sydney Architecture Festival.

Basil Bangs at…the Fox Hotel Brisbane

We love seeing our umbrellas used in commercial settings, and the newly opened Dandys Rooftop at The Fox Hotel in West End, Brisbane is no exception. Our sun umbrellas look perfect in this sea of colour!

Featured umbrellas: Balmy Origami, Mi Casa Su Casa II, Wonderland, Calypso and Mr Huckabee.

Designed by Marc and Co, we think it looks like a pretty fun place to enjoy an after work tipple, and I hear their cocktails are pretty darn good. See you there!


Fox Hotel Brisbane 2


Fox Hotel Brisbane