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These fabulous beach umbrellas from Sydney based Basil Bangs have had their fair share of pre-Christmas press already... but you know I don't mind jumping on the bandwagon occasionally when something is particularly gorgeous - and especially when there is a reader giveaway involved!
Basil Bangs was started by 3 friends who all grew up on Sydney's beaches, spending many a summer laying underneath a beach brolly. Mike Durante is an Industrial designer within the surf industry, Lauren Boyce has a background in marketing & advertising, and Nicholas Chapman has worked in the fitness industry for years. Also a surfer, Nicholas was a keen collector of beach umbrellas long before Basil Bangs was born... his personal collection served for a lot of inspiration for the design phase of Basil!
Basil's three founders worked for 2 years to create the perfect range of vintage-inspired beach umbrellas, with beautiful detailing such as the unique die-cast aluminium 'Basil Hinge', retro fringing and, on the premium Luxury stripe range, a beautiful beech hardwood pole. Their vibrant range was finally launched just this summer - and is already getting a lot of well-deserved attention!
I am always instantly enamoured with any local company who commit to doing just one thing really really well - although I must say I would be first in line if Basil decides to branch into larger garden / cafe-style umbrellas! I'm desperate for some shade in my teeny back garden and Bunnings just isn't cutting the mustard with their tired bottle green canvas offerings!
Lauren from Basil Bangs is a loyal Design Files reader (thankyou Lauren!), and has generously offered yet ANOTHER fabulous giveaway for Design Files readers! One lucky winner will be able to choose any umbrella from the Basil Bangs range, (valued between $220 - $450) and Lauren will package it up and post it out before Christmas... man you guys are SO LUCKY!
To be in the running, please leave a comment here before midnight tonight, Melbourne time! A winner will be selected at random and contacted by email. If you subscribe to these posts by email please don't reply, just pop over to thedesignfiles.net and leave your comment there to enter :)
*Update - this giveaway has now been drawn at random, and the winner was comment #334 - congratulations Alice! Thanks to everyone for all your fantabulous comments!
Huge thanks to the Basil Bangs team for this super generous giveaway... just in time for the holidays!