If you've read this blog a little while, you will know that in addition to beautiful interiors and design, there's nothing I love more than a beautiful piece with a bigger ethical or social mission behind it. Beautiful design doesn't have to be elitist or superficial, it can be about making our world a more beautiful place in all aspects, not just aesthetically.
Marisol umbrellas are hand made in Brooklyn using African wax print cloths that come in limited editions and have a brightly coloured lucite handle. Each umbrella comes with a lifetime warranty to encourage respect for the environment. WHile it is a for profit company, twenty percent of all net profits are donated to The City of Joy, a revolutionary healing and training centre which helps women in the Democratic Republic of Congo who have been victims of violence to rebuild their lives. What a beautiful product to support all-round!
All photos: Marisols