U211, a repairable umbrella designed to last

Pocodisegno design studio extends the umbrella’s life cycle through a special mechanism that allows to replace only damaged parts and not throw away the rest. 

Designing and consuming objects in a new way in order to meet contemporary needs. With this aim in mind, Pocodisegno design studio reimagines an everyday object like the umbrella, after studying its functions, principles and “weak points” to extend its life cycle.

Young designers Gianluigi Frezzini and Fabrizio Gagliano transform the common disposable umbrella into a durable and repairable object with replaceable components – an important topic for design, explored by the Right to Repair movement, according to which “repairing a product shouldn’t cost more than buying a new one”.

All the components of U211 umbrella, made in collaboration with Ombrellificio Torinese, can be easily separated and replaced: since the opening and closing joints are the most fragile parts to repair, the studio devised a mechanism of semi-open joints that allows only damaged components to be changed, preserving the rest. 

No glue is used, but only two screws for the handle and the entire mechanism, which makes the umbrella easily recyclable.

Pocodisegno (Gianluigi Frezzini and Fabrizio Gagliano)
In collaboration with:
Ombrellificio Torinese

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