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18 March 2022

Introducing our 2022 Inspirations

For the second year, we celebrate the work of photographer Slim Aarons, by reimagining umbrellas from his iconic photos. But– with a twist, and a nod to some of his lesser-known images. A colorful capsule collection based on three Aarons photos takes center stage for Outdoor 2022 and includes St. Tropez Beach, France, 1977, Poolside in Sotogrande, Spain, 1975, and Scone, Madam?, Beverly Hills, CA, 1952.

Aarons captured “beautiful people in beautiful places, doing beautiful things.” Many of those places were outfitted with colorfully commanding outdoor umbrellas which provided not only shade for the beautiful people, but additional visual interest for Aaron’s photos. Santa Barbara Designs proudly reimagines these original shade structures for today’s ‘beautiful people’ with its signature designer styles and a myriad of custom component options.

Introducing the 2022 American Icon Collection

St. Tropez Beach | St. Tropez, France, 1977

This colorful shot shows sunbathers enjoying a carefree afternoon at the beach, in the south of France. The image features umbrellas with alternating panels in bold hues, which we have re-imagined in our St. Tropez Collection. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Image of Slim Aarons Photograph
The St. Tropez Umbrellas

Stacked Umbrellas Image

Poolside in Sotogrande | Sotogrande, Spain, August, 1975

This image depicts young people enjoying a leisurely summer afternoon around the pool. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Image of Slim Aarons Photograph
The Sotogrande Umbrellas

Stacked Umbrellas Image

Since, Madam? | Beverly Hills, CA, 1952

Interior decorator James Pendleton, his wife and guests spend a quiet Sunday afternoon beside the pool at their Beverly Hills home, in this vintage photograph. 1952 (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images)
Image of Slim Aarons Photograph
The Scone, Madam? Umbrellas

Stacked Umbrellas Image

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