A Clock-Parasol

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Contemporary Japanese Design, Furniture & Lifestyle
Neuturmstrasse 2, 80331 M√ľnchen




Maison et Objet 'now!' JAPAN DESIGN +
Jan. 21-25, 2011
Paris Nord Villepinte



concept / details

"The parasol is there to block the sun, but it invites you to look for the sun."

In daily life you don't pay attention to the sun traveling through the sky, but we wanted to create the moment when you can look up and think upon the dynamic universe.

You can play impromptu astronomy with it. Furthermore, you'll be guarded from the blazing sun or an abrupt shower by the smart boy.

Direct yourself so that 'N' of the compass points at yourself, 'S' points at '12' of the parasol. Then the sun seen through the parasol can tell you the approximate season and time by its position.

The impressive design uniquely uses numbers and curves representing the sun's career. The red color handle and the compass are appealing. Even men who are unfamiliar with a parasol can enjoy this special one.

Water-repellent & UV processed (97% of UV rays are cut, analyzed by KAKEN Inc.)
Outer rib: 55cm in length; glass fiber
Fabric panel: polyether 65%, cotton 35%
Utility model right: acquired (Japan)
Designed in Japan - Manufactured in China

How to use :
- Hold the parasol horizontally to make the fabric panel end come to your eye level, and look up from the position close to the shaft.
- Adjust your position so that N of the compass points at you and S points at 12 of the parasol.
- The vertical lines and numbers indicate hours; horizontal lines are the summer solstice, the spring/autumnal equinox and winter solstice from the top to bottom.
- If you see the sun at the point in the figure, it means it is approximate 3:00 pm on the summer solstice.

Handling instructions:
- Because the parasol has sharp portions, please pay attention to safety around you.
- Do not swing it around; do not throw it; and do not use it for a stick.
- Refrain from using it in case of heavy rain or strong wind, because it may be damaged.
- Do not keep looking at the sun at length even through the parasol; it may cause damages to your eyes.
- The lines and numbers as well as the directions of the compass are not precise indications of seasons, hours and directions.
- The lines and numbers printed on the fabric may be slightly out of the proper positions.
- Attach the compass away from the shaft to avoid influence by the metal shaft.


Kota Nezu | znug design, inc.

Designer and Creative Communicator
He was born in Tokyo in 1969. He graduated from Chiba University majored in Industrial Design. After working for the Toyota Motor Corporation, he launched the znug design, inc. in 2005. His work includes the conceptual design and project managing for "i-unit" exhibited at EXPO 2005 AICHI, JAPAN.
Currently he produces and designs various industrial products and automobiles. He has been showing his design at Milan Salone, 100% Design, etc. Also he has received the iF Design Award (Germany) and the Good Design Award (Japan) etc.




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