© Kawasumi Lui 2010

Popbrella: Popbrella is my second umbrella in the series. I arrived at the concept when I was looking through the book Collapsible and saw the Photographic Light Reflector. I immediately wanted to use it as the canopy of an umbrella, which would allow me to completely discard the rib design of conventional umbrellas. A major challenge though was to attach the pole without getting in the way of the canopy’s folding. The string pattern is a solution to a vexing problem: the only layout that would not tangle in the folding was a triple connection, but using only three strands deformed the circle. See a short youtube clip here.