‘Shade architecture’. That’s how TUUCI describes its products. The Miami-based company designs and manufactures shade structures that act as functional art installations, opening like carefully choreographed flowers and sitting on patios, beachfronts, boat decks and terraces like elegantly rendered modernist structures. Its parasols, cabanas and lounges are built not only to endure the harshest windswept, sun-drenched and moisture-rich landscapes, but also to create an intimate relationship with the environments in which they exist.
TUUCI’s aesthetic is inspired by ocean-side living. The ‘Shade Blade’, part of the Marine collection, is designed for installation on the rear fishing deck of a boat, while the award-winning ‘Manta’ parasol is a smoothly mechanised, dual-winged beauty that resembles a graceful manta ray. TUUCI also makes semi-permanent shade systems –constructed with nautical artistry from marine-grade materials, including stainless steel, teak and anodised aluminium, to endure stormy weather conditions – with names that sound like America’s Cup contenders. The ‘F-1’ parasol can withstand winds of up to 65mph, making it perfect for hurricane-prone areas.
TUUCI’s unique brand of sun-blocking lounge engineering can be seen around the luxe pools and sundecks of Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons hotels, but the company is also grounded in a respect for the wider outdoor environment it inhabits. TUUCI’s environmental sustainability programme includes efforts to reduce solid waste and recycle plastic, aluminium, steel, paper and cardboard. Product components are 100 per cent recyclable.
The company’s aim is to share natural comfort in its most basic form – a place in the shade. It brings thoughtful design to shade architecture while pushing the envelope of durability and function in the most extreme environments on earth.
Marvel of choreography, as it is engineering
TUUCI talks sunshine, hurricanes and shade architecture with Wallpaper*
Watching the Automated MAX Cantilever coming alive at the touch of button is as much a marvel of choreography as it is engineering. Does TUUCI design the way the shade performs so that it delivers a beautiful dance for users as it rises and falls? TUUCI takes great pride in the overall aesthetic and design of its umbrellas. It is what sets us apart from other designs. The operating speed, control system and movement of its products are as much about artistic design as safe and reliable engineering. It’s still mesmerising to watch the fluid motion of these large umbrellas opening with seamless movement and precision-engineered design.
What is the inspiration behind TUUCI’s products? TUUCI demands that quality material must meet the best designs and engineering possible. The marine industry offers the best starting point for expanding on creativity to meet customer needs and desires. Yacht sails and nautical aesthetics are strong design inspirations, and TUUCI uses durable materials that allows its designs to face the harshest environments and last a lifetime.
Is marine life also a design reference? Marine life, such as manta rays, provide direct design inspiration. Some products pull direct shapes and aesthetics from nature, while others are more subtle nods to the marine world.
In what ways has TUUCI changed and improved on existing modes of shades and parasols? Quality, aesthetics and ease of use are areas in which TUUCI has made great advancements over other designs on the market. TUUCI also designs products with modularity in mind.
The company is based in Miami, which is known to experience some extreme weather conditions. Are TUUCI shades built to survive hurricanes as well as heatwaves? TUUCI designs and engineers all of its products to withstand the elements of every environment each product line is intended for. The best quality fabrics, materials and electronics are used to create designs that can withstand high winds, saltwater environments, blazing sun and the like. Customers can be confident that designs are engineered to stand the test of time with simple installation and manageable routine care.