Why umbrellas come with covers is beyond us; very few people manage to keep them beyond the first second they pull them off, and where they inevitably end up is a mystery to all. But there’s no denying that when you’ve got a sopping wet umbrella–and no way to dry it–few things would make you happier than having that tiny tube of fabric in tow again. Well, wet umbrella holders need no longer fret over pruney fingers, because the designers over at Nendo have invented an ingenious winter weather product: the “cover-brella,” an umbrella with a built-in cover that neatly tucks into the handle when you’re not using it.
The umbrella’s design is fairly simple. The cap at the handle of the umbrella features a pop-up mechanism that, when opened, reveals a built-in cover that can be neatly unfurled over the body. When the cover is not in use, the user can stuff it right back into the cap and lock the container shut. And thanks to a carbon fiber frame, the umbrella is also extremely lightweight at just over 3.5 ounces—the perfect size for purses and backpacks.
Sadly, the cover-brella is only available for purchase through Nendo’s by | n collection at the Japanese department store Seibu. But with a rainy and snowy winter ahead of us, we bet this design will catch on quickly in the States!
More of Nendo’s work can be seen here.
Images by Akihiro Yoshida, courtesy of Nendo