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24 April 2023

Your Choice: Wood or Metal?

Every umbrella from Santa Barbara Designs is built to last for decades. Whether you prefer the timeless charm of wood, or the sleek sophistication of metal, we build each frame to endure the elements, and stand the test of time. From the classic Mediterranean-inspired Santa Barbara Umbrella to the clean-lined simplicity of the Paseo, and the bold customization options of the Cirque and Double Decker umbrellas, each collection offers a distinct style to enhance your outdoor space. Embrace the timeless elegance of our wood collections, available in teak, oak, and mahogany, or opt for the contemporary sophistication of our metal collections, crafted in aluminum or stainless steel. To help inspire and inform, we offer some fine examples below.

Wood Collections

The Original Santa Barbara Umbrella

Since its inception in 1981, the signature Santa Barbara Umbrella has drawn inspiration from the vibrant umbrellas found in Mediterranean markets, becoming synonymous with superior shade protection. The frame is offered in solid natural teak, rich mahogany or hard rock maple. Choose either brass or stainless steel for the open/close system and fittings. Hubs are offered in wood or anodized aluminum.

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The Riviera Umbrella

The Riviera umbrella features a more sleek, streamlined frame, and is offered in premium natural teak, milled in our own Southern California woodshop. Offering versatility and style, this umbrella is home in both modern and classic environments.

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The Cirque Umbrella

Elevate your outdoor ambiance with the Cirque Umbrella, featuring a premium teak frame and a custom stripe pattern created by seaming two solid colors together. With a choice of a scalloped or keyhole valance, this umbrella offers endless color block combinations for a fresh and tailored look.

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The Mission Terrace Umbrella

Inspired by the elegance of California’s coastal missions, the Mission Terrace Umbrella is constructed in warm oak, and finished with a marine conversion varnish for added strength and stability. The unique grain pattern of oak is enhanced with the enduring elegance of brass hardware, combining durability with a classic design.

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Metal Collections

The Paseo Umbrella

The Paseo umbrella features a robust aluminum frame with a 16-gauge center mast, protected against corrosion with a specialized corrosion-resistant coating. With a choice of eight powder coat colors, the Paseo aluminum frame is expertly paired with polished stainless steel fittings, striking the perfect harmony between durability and elegance.

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The Paseo Stainless Steel Umbrella

The steel version of the Paseo umbrella is constructed of marine grade stainless, creating the ultimate modern streamlined umbrella. Available in a standard mirror polished finish, or a soft brushed satin.

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The Paseo XL Umbrella

For those seeking a larger shade solution, The Paseo XL features a 16-gauge aluminum mast with a 2.5″ diameter, and squared off arms for additional strength. With its increased diameter and high-performance features, this umbrella delivers the same sleek style and functionality of the original Paseo but on a grander scale.

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The Double Decker Umbrella

The whimsical design of the Double Decker umbrella features a two-tiered aluminum frame, inspired by mir-century modern architecture. Customize with a variety of valance treatments and powder coat colors.

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The Mirasol Umbrella

Experience old-world charm and celestial elegance with the Mirasol Umbrella. Its classic dome shape and a variety of signature and specialty valances make it a perfect choice for those seeking a stylish and unique shade solution.

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The Flamenco and Petite Flamenco Umbrella

Infuse your outdoor space with flair and fashion with our Flamenco and Petite Flamenco Umbrellas. Inspired by traditional Andalusian Flamenco dresses, these umbrellas feature frilled canopies with expertly tailored ruffles, adding a touch of spice and sophistication to any setting.

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Regardless of your preference, our wide range of quality materials and customization options make it easy to elevate your outdoor space, providing both style and functionality for a truly remarkable shade experience.