De Gulliver, An Inspirational Design by Davy Grosemans

“Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.”
― Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels


Swift’s Gulliver travels the world to see that everything is rather small or rather big. More strikingly, this judgment of scale is only to be challenged by pure comparison. On the other hand, Davy Grosemans depicts a different Gulliver.

Davy Grosemans is a Belgian product designer who has amazed me from the moment that I came across with “De Gulliver”. De Gulliver is a unique design that abstracts and melts down the notion of norm. It is a parasol in the shape of a simple umbrella. Hence, it is actually tricky to call it small or big. It can be considered big for what we call an umbrella while having a decent size of a regular parasol which is absolutely alluring.

While creating a beautiful design, Grosemans makes it all the more inspirational naming it “De Gulliver”. This fascinating design deeper than the surface is traditional yet contemporary, unique yet familiar and most obviously little yet great.


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