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27 February 2021

Introducing our 2021 Inspirations

This year’s Inspirations pay homage to the iconic work of Slim Aarons, one of the most famous photographers of the 20th century. Aarons (1916-2006) portrayed high society, aristocracy, authors, artists, and business tycoons in their own surroundings, oftentimes poolside where pops of color from eye-catching patio umbrellas became focal points unto themselves, almost as famous as the people that surrounded them.

In his own words, Aarons loved to photograph ‘beautiful people in beautiful places, doing beautiful things.’ For Outdoor 2021, Santa Barbara Designs re-imagines several stand-out umbrellas in ‘those beautiful places surrounded by those beautiful people’ in its 2021 Slim Aarons American Icon Collection. The collection borrows from the following Aarons photographs: Poolside Glamour-Palm Springs, CA 1971, La Concha Beach Club in Las Brisas resort in Acapulco, Mexico, January 1968, and Chateau Saint-Martin, Vence, Cote d’Azur, France, 1986.

Introducing the Slim Aarons American Icon Collection

Poolside Gossip | Kaufmann Desert House, 1971, Palm Springs, CA 1971

Perhaps the most famous of Slim Aarons’ photographs, this image features a fashionable Canary Yellow two-tiered patio umbrella situated at the far end of the swimming pool. This iconic umbrella has become an important element of the shot, which depicts beautiful people in bell bottoms and midriff tops engrossed deep in “poolside gossip.” (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Image of Slim Aarons Photograph
The Poolside Gossip Umbrellas

Stacked Umbrellas Image

Las Brisas Hotel | Acapulco, Mexico, January 1968

This image depicts the apartments and pools at the La Concha Beach Club in Las Brisas resort, on a leisurely summer afternoon. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Image of Slim Aarons Photograph
The La Concha Beach Club Umbrellas

Stacked Umbrellas Image

Chateau St. Martin | Chateau Saint-Martin, Vence, Cote d’Azur, France, 1986.

This image features an outdoor luncheon by the swimming pool of the Chateau Saint-Martin, a luxury hotel in Vence on the Cote d’Azur, France, 1986. The building was once a Commanderie of the Knights Templar, dating back to the 12th century. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images)
Image of Slim Aarons Photograph
The Chateau St. Martin Umbrellas

Stacked Umbrellas Image

Be sure to visit our new 2021 Inspirations page, where you will see all of our new creations.