Umbra is a fashion-forward producer of furniture, home decor, and other inventive housewares. Its innovative and contemporary pieces are affordable and artistic, from draperies and wall decor to furniture and bedroom accents. The word umbra means shade in Latin, coming from Umbra's first product ... Read More : stylish window shades. Umbra was established in 1979 by graphic designer Paul Rowan, who was inspired to create something that served a purpose while being interesting and enjoyable to look at. In 2010, Umbra developed a new best-seller, the Balloona stool's small stool wrapped entirely in colorful, tightly stretched unblown balloons. Placed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Decorative Arts and Design Department, the Balloona stool is a symbol for pioneering home furniture.