The origami-inspired umbrella certainly looks cooler than most on the market, but its defining feature is far more functional. The Sa has no skeletal system at all.
At first glance, it looks like the umbrella got a minimalist upgrade. You don’t see the metal tip, the spokes, the imperfect folds when you close it, or the handle with the button/trigger just sitting there. The Sa Umbrella even goes so far as to hide the spiderweb of metal pipes that you see on the underside of the fabric once it’s open. Designed as a much-needed upgrade on the older umbrella, this one opts for a concealed magnetic opening mechanism, more durable and environment-friendly fabric, and a handle that just needs a twist to open, and a pull to close.
The Sa Umbrella is a winner of the Red Dot Award for the year 2015.
Designer: Matthew Waldman & Justin Nagelberg
The project is currently seeking funding on kickstarter