There can be any number of explanations for the Japanese passion for reinventing the umbrella. We’ve seen many iterations of the redesigned. But the latest comes from Oki Sato of Nendo, who has focused his energy not on the canopy or the ribs but the handle.
The stay-brella is “an umbrella whose handle makes it not only stable when in use, but able to stand on its own when turned on its handle,” says Sato. And the handle’s unique shape also allows it to “hang securely from tables and stay propped up on a wall when not in use.”
The fabric of the umbrella has been coated to prevent 90% of UV rays and is attached to a six-spoke frame and black handle which splits at the bottom. Most umbrellas have to be stored or put away in an umbrella stand or just in a pile on the ground, but Nendo’s new design offers the ability to “Stand on its own when turned on its handle, hang securely from tables, and stay propped up on a wall when not in use.”
A wrist strap attached near the end of the stem can secure the protective device to the arm.
The handle also serves to make the umbrella more stable to the holder when in use.
The umbrella comes in eight colour variations and is sold exclusively at Japan’s Seibu department stores. Covet Lounge will take you on a journey inside the Design world! Please don’t forget to subscribe and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.