Dougan Clarke, a sailor who spent a decade working with sails, rigging and boat design, knows what stands up to salty, wet environments. His easy-to use and maintenance-free Tuuci Baymaster Cantilever (2010) uses a gas-piston mechanism to raise and lower the shade. Its stainless-steel components are each replaceable and come with a three-year limited warranty. "I sought to redefine what was previously known as an umbrella," says Clarke. "The resulting shade sculptures embody both form and function." The Baymaster Cantilever comes complete with a stand. Contract quality. Made in U.S.A.
Marine anodized aluminum alloy; stainless-steel components; UV-stabilized thermo-polymer; gas piston mechanism; UV-stabilized vinyl-coated polyester fabric with marine "sharkskin" reflective coating.
Born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida, Dougan Clarke's upbringing by the ocean has informed his approach to design. "Nature," says Clarke, "in all its wondrous forms and raw beauty, has inspired me through the years and brought me endless joy." Self-taught, Clarke spent 10 years in the marine manufacturing industry, where he gained an expert's understanding of the materials and engineering needed to withstand the corrosive effects of the sea, salt and sun. He combined that with his experience in leisure furnishings to launch Tuuci ("The Ultimate Umbrella Company, Inc.") in 1998.
Clarke says that the goal of Tuuci is to "complement the comfort and accessibility of natural environments through shade architecture." His aim was nothing less than to "redefine what was previously known as an 'umbrella."... Read more >