For ages, outdoor umbrellas have been a pet peeve in my Summer entertaining routine. The umbrella pole is centrally located in the outdoor table — right where my chip and dip bowl belongs! — or it sits on a stand beside a table, so not all diners can enjoy the shade. So UK-based company Barbed deserves a round of applause for its Tablabri Table and Shade, which has four poles on each corner, leaving the tabletop itself unobstructed! Better yet, the umbrella poles can be stored underneath the table when not in use and the umbrella can be removed and machine washed. Why didn't anyone think of this sooner?
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