Paladin is a wooden parasol for domestic and public use.
Its canopy appears to be floating on top of an elegantly shaped mast.
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by Konstantin Grcic
The design employs a mechanical principle which incorporates the tension of the canopy into its structural logic. With only the mast and four movable struts, the textile absorbs the tensile forces of the parasol when unfolded. The mast goes right through the center of the canopy, leaving a central hole that is acting as an indirect skylight and allowing for air circulation.
The wooden elements are made in natural teak with a reinforcing core in aluminium. The mechanical joints and fasteners in aluminium and stainless steel are designed to minimize the material input while offering maximum performance.