Rain Room by rAndom International at the Barbican

Nine of the best rain-inspired designs

Two unusual umbrellas were popular this week as the rainy season made itself felt across large swathes of the Northern Hemisphere, so we've collected together some of the best rain-related designs from the pages of Dezeen.


Stay-brella by Nendo

Stay-brella by Nendo

The two-pronged handle of this 16-spoke umbrella by prolific Japanese design studio Nendo allows it to stand up on its own.

Stay-brella by Nendo

Nendo described the product as "an umbrella whose handle makes it not only stable when in use, but able to stand on its own when turned on its handle, hang securely from tables and stay propped up on a wall when not in use." Find out more about this design »


Kinetic Rain by ART+COM

German design collective ART+COM installed over a thousand rising and falling metal raindrops in Singapore's Changi Airport to create a calming centrepiece for the airport's departure hall.

Kinetic Rain by ART+COM

Suspended by steel wires, the raindrops were computer-controlled to move up and down in choreographed patterns. Find out more about this design »


Sa umbrella by Justin Nagelberg and Matthew Waldman

Sa Umbrella by Justin Nagelberg and Matthew Waldman

A pair of American designers launched a crowdfunding campaign to develop this umbrella, which replaces the traditional metal-framed canopy with a flexible fabric structure that folds like origami.

Sa Umbrella by Justin Nagelberg and Matthew Waldman

"Since the material is flexible when not in tension, it can easily bounce back into shape, even when exposed to high winds," explained co-creator Justin Nagelberg. Find out more about this design »


Rain Room by rAndom International

Rain Room by rAndom International at the Barbican

Interactive designers rAndom International installed their Rain Room – a space where visitors could play in a perpetual shower of water without getting wet – in London's Barbican Centre in 2012.

Rain Room by rAndom International at the Barbican

Cameras were used to detect human movement and continually move the drops away from visitors as they moved through the space. Find out more about this design »


Drop umbrella by Ayca Dundar

This umbrella design by Royal College of Art graduate Ayca Dundar is made of just six parts, allowing it to fold down into a flat disc for storage and easily spring back into shape when blown inside out.

Drop umbrella by Ayca Dundar

Dundar came up with the design after dissecting a number of broken umbrellas found in the street. "Their complex structure makes them fragile and non-repairable," she said. Find out more about this design »


The Weather Yesterday by Troika

The Weather Yesterday by Troika

Not just about rain, British design studio Troika's lighting installation for the 2012 London Festival of Architecture poked fun at the UK's obsession with weather in general.

The Weather Yesterday by Troika

The LED lights on the five-metre-high sign changed to show passers by what the weather was like at the same time the previous day, so they could see whether the weather was better or worse. Find out more about this design »


Warriors of Downpour City by Anne van Galen

Warriors of Downpour City by Anne van Galen

Design Academy Eindhoven student Anne van Galen created a collection of clothing and accessories for a future world where the rain never ceases as her graduate project, which was shown at Dutch Design Week last month.

Warriors of Downpour City by Anne van Galen

"I was fascinated by the behaviour of people in the rain," Van Galen told Dezeen. "How they move, react and function. I spent hours just looking at people in the rain." Find out more about this design »


Sardines wellington boots by Estel Alcaraz

Sardines by Estel Alcaraz

Made of injection moulded thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) – a highly elastic, recyclable plastic – these lightweight waterproof boots can squashed down to a fifth of their original size.

Sardines by Estel Alcaraz

Designed by Barcelona-based Estel Alcaraz, the boots come in a range of bright colours and feature an elasticated strap that can be used to keep them together when folded. Find out more about this design »


Bitfall by Julius Popp of Spherical Robots

Bitfall is a giant rain-printing machine that uses magnetic valves to produce water droplets that create moving imagery as they fall.

Dezeen loves... Bitfall

It was installed on a street in Paris during the Nuit Blanche festival in 2005, and displayed words selected from news websites by a computer programme to create an "information curtain" of water. Find out more about this design »