Sa™ Compact: The Compact Umbrella Reimagined

While the Sa™ was created as a reimagination of the full size umbrella, the Sa™ Compact was created as a reimagination of the compact umbrella. Both Sa™ umbrellas were formed using the same design principles, language, and aesthetics, and also share the same origami-based architecture, however the Sa™ Compact was created from the ground up to be ideal for compact usage situations. Instead of shrinking or retrofitting the full size Sa™ into a smaller shape, the Sa™ Compact was designed from day one to best suit both compact spaces and scenarios.

The Sa™ project was launched on Kickstarter and successfully reached its funding goal in one week thanks to fantastic feedback and support from project backers and media. The Sa™ Compact was the stretch goal for this project, and since this stretch goal was also surpassed with overwhelming support, it has also been launched into production. Updates about the progress of the Sa™ Compact project can be followed through the Kickstarter Update page. We are pleased to continue to offer the Sa™ Compact in the Parallelogram Store as a backer reward to anyone who would like to join the campaign until the project reaches the final stages of production.


Canopy and Functionality

Like the Sa™, the Sa™ Compact also uses a planar tension architecture to generate its form. Beyond this, it also shares the same strength, materials, environmental consideration, and design principles with the original Sa™. The major difference between the Sa™ and the Sa™ Compact stems from the foldable canopy panel shape. After extensive geometric model testing, Justin was able to create a hexagonal shape composed of smaller triangles, which could then be folded into itself while still allowing for structural support.

The Sa™ Compact’s shape allows each one of the twelve larger triangular panels to be folded into one third of it’s open size. This is possible because the lower two triangles can be folded and guided into and behind the upper triangle through the unique slider and panel mechanism. Once the panels have been folded into themselves, they can then be flexed around the center pole into a closed position. In this state, the umbrella panels, which have all layered upon one another, has shrunken into one thirty-sixth of its open size. Because of this, the Sa™ Compact is able to obtain a very thin, flat-packed form when closed. The completed design should be about the size and width of an A4 sheet of paper and as thick as a candy bar.


Pole and Handle

Once the umbrella canopy has been folded shut, the telescoping pole can be slid out of sight into the center of the umbrella structure. Then, the handle can be swiveled around from the bottom of the pole stem and slide onto the bottom of the layered umbrella panel triangles, where it acts as a fastening cap. This multi-functioning handle not only insures a tight and consistent, flat closure of the umbrella, but also takes up a very minimal footprint.

Beyond it’s function as a handle and as a cap, the handle also acts as the opening and closing mechanism for the umbrella. When swiveled off the layered triangular panels and pushed back into the pole stem, the handle will release a tension spring and the umbrella will spring open. To close the umbrella, simply pull the handle back out of the pole stem, then rotating the handle into a perpendicular position and using it for support, push the telescoping pole and panels back into a closed position and then slide the handle over them for a complete closure.



The Sa™ Compact will be offered in the same great color spectrum as the original Sa™: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Grey, and White. More colors and patterns will be added to the lineup in the future, but in order to keep production costs within range for the first batch of umbrellas offered through the Kickstarter project, the Sa™ Compact shares the same simple, beautiful color palette as the original Sa™.