The Origami Umbrella

Matthew Waldman (of New-York based design lab Nooka) has come up with "Sa", a weather-proof, geometric umbrella.

Inspired by the Japanese art of origami, the Sa uses planer tension to extend and contract, eliminating the need for the flimsy metal skeletons which never hold up in a blustery storm. In addition to keeping the design light, the concept also means that the entire umbrella can be fabricated from the same material throughout.

The Sa is opened by twisting the umbrella handle, and kept closed via embedded magnets along the canopy. "Sa", a derivative of the Japanese words for "umbrella" and "rain", will be available in cyan, yellow, magenta, black, grey and white.

 Waldman has teamed up with Justin Nagelberg on the project, which is currently listed on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. It can be ordered for a starting pledge of $69, with shipping expected in March 2015.

Video of the Week - The Origami Box

This box is one of my most favorite origami boxes out there. This one is made by Tomoko Fuse who has made some amazing origami boxes in the past.

In Japan giving gifts is a big thing in their culture. The gift wrap, tsutsumi, is an important part of the gifting. People spend a lot of time on the wrapping part. Some gifts are placed in handmade origami boxes, called hakos.

The origami box shows the receiver that you took time to make the gift wrap yourself, and that you respect the person you are giving it to.

Go here for the diagram of the box.

Video of the Week

How to make the Twistar or Origami Medial Rhombic Triacontahedron.

I never knew this model with the "floating"spikes was so easy to fold. I thought it required glue, but it is not needed! Putting it together is a bit of a hassle but still relatively easy. The locking is not great but when the first two complete 5 module spikes are ready, the locking is not so bad.

Magnificant design by Miyuki Kawamura with close resemblance to a Medial Rhombic Triacontahedron and the Daniel Kwan's SSMART Dodecahedron.

World Origami Days

The World Origami Days are almost here. Celebrate origami by spreading the joy of paper folding during the upcoming World Origami Days, held each year from October 24–November 11, a celebration of the international community of origami!

Help make origami as visible as possible: teach a class, fold on the bus, give your friends origami, exhibit your models. The possibilities are limitless, just as with origami itself.

November 11 will be Origami Day in Japan.

October 24 is the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer (1898-1992), who founded the first origami group in America. She was also one of the founders of the British Origami Society and Origami USA. A dynamic woman, she was delighted in the magic to be found in a piece of paper and wanted to share it with the world.

Go here for a list of events scheduled for World Origami Days.

Please visit OrigamiUSA for more information.