In Japanese, Aki means “Autumn”, and it is specially in this season that its usefulness as an umbrella stand becomes apparent.
Rodolfo Bonetto, who designed it in 1975, looked to essentials when creating this minimalist and amusing, but absolutely efficient and complete object. Made in rotomoulded polyethylene, Aki is designed with four holes to accommodate that same number of umbrellas, whatever the shape and size. It can be used indoors or outdoors since, by its very calling, it has no problem with water and even on the rainiest days, introduces a dash of good spirits thanks to the range of colours in which it is available.
Born in Milan in 1929, Rodolfo Bonetto abandoned a successful career as a jazz drummer to devote himself to the profession of designer. He started up his own business in 1958 and in the years that followed worked in a large number of industrial fields ranging from the designing of tooling machines to clocks, lamps, ski boots, surgical lasers and motorcars. Being self-taught, he was so keenly oriented towards design praxis as to provide an important contribution to the teaching of industrial design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm and later on at Isia in Rome. He was awarded eight gold compasses, the last of which was for his own professional career. He died in Milan in 1991.