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The Samurai Umbrella is the first in the Umbrellas for the Civil but Discontent Man series that was conceived in 2007 by materious. The product concept extends from Sigmund Freud’s writing about how men (in particular) must check their natural aggressive tendencies if they want to live in civilized communities.  The contentment to be had in expressing their aggression is traded for the security and predictability of well-mannered social life.

Umbrellas for the Civil but Discontent Man combines a symbol of gentlemanly refinement — the full-sized, dark umbrella — with an element of more manly sword-bearing times.  The umbrellas offer brief psychological respite from the dictates of social amiability; aggressive fantasies are allowed and encouraged on the daily commute to the office.  The effete civilian’s grasp of the handle takes him into the world of the masterful samurai, the medieval barbarian, or the triumphant cavalryman.

Click to learn more about the original designs of materious.

concept for samurai umbrella
© 2007 materious. Patents Pending

“Humans are not gentle, friendly creatures wishing for love, who simply defend themselves if they are attacked, but that a powerful measure of desire for aggression has to be reckoned as part of their instinctual nature.”  -Sigmund Freud

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