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Brollies in the News: The Drop Umbrella by Ayca Dundar

In our blog today we turn to the world of umbrella news for a bit of inspiration. As part of her final project for her MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London, graduate Ayca Dundar has taken an innovative approach to the redesign of the umbrella, which we love, and we are sure you will too!

Ayca has simplified the structure of the umbrella's canopy down to six parts, allowing it to recover from being blown inside out and being inverted by the wind.

Her inspiration for finding a new solution was the mass of broken umbrellas she found strewn on the streets of London on a rainy day! So she collected a few of the broken umbrellas, took them apart and decided that the problem was a result of their intricate opening mechanisms and frameworks. She notes:

"Their complex structure makes them fragile and non-repairable,"
And adds:
"They are so rigid that they turn inside out and break during strong winds."

Her innovation is the Drop umbrella, which has a very flexible structure, allowing it to bend during strong winds and quickly return to its original shape.

Using a simplified structure of six parts, which are also easily repairable, their flexibility and movement depend only on the properties of the material itself, rather than hinges and joints. Furthermore, it can be conveniently twisted to close the umbrella into a compact flat disk for ease of portability.

A waterproof fabric is used for the canopy, which is stretched over two plastic-coated spring steel strips. An aluminium pole is then attached to a 3D-printed plastic handle.

Also, as a result of its simple design, it makes its UK-based manufacture more cost effective than traditional umbrella designs, which are frequently made from parts sourced from the Far East.

All in all, we think it is a wonderful design, and it will be interesting to see if it is taken further into full-scale manufacture. What do you think of the design? Would you buy one?    
Created On  13 Jul 2014 20:25  -  Permalink


want one.NOW!
Have they been manufactured yet and if so where can I buy one?
Posted By: Helene - 28 Sep 2014 21:30
What a brilliant umbrella. My grand-daughter would love this. Where can i buy one please...
Posted By: Sandra Ridley - 6 Oct 2014 10:41
I am on this page because I was hoping to buy one!
Posted By: Chris Smith - 15 Dec 2014 10:56
Where can You buy a new drop umberella?
Posted By: Paul Cheshire - 15 Dec 2014 16:27
Where can you buy this umbrella? I've seen other people ask the same question on other sites. It looks a great, compact design and ultra modern.
Posted By: Gwyneth Jones - 17 Dec 2014 18:32

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