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For his latest project, the young Czech Republic artist and designer Tadeas Podracky draws inspiration from two materials commonly used in Yuhang, China: oil-paper umbrellas and bronze. Coming across the Chinese craft of umbrella-making, Podracky created a table and stool set made from bronze.

The deconstruction of the umbrella shape lends a delicate air to Podracky’s otherwise solid furniture set. But Podracky’s Umbrella Table and Stool is more than just stunning design: it’s also infused with Chinese symbolism. “The Umbrella means inter alia protection from evil spirits and the circular appearance symbolized ‘fullness’ connotation of a beautiful life,” Podracky explains. The result is a beautiful marriage of traditional Chinese and contemporary culture. See more of Podracky’s work here.

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