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.