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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.