Telescope Casual is a family-owned, U.S. company based in Granville, NY where they have been making furniture and patio umbrellas for more than 100 years. A patent-pending lift mechanism featured on Telescope Casual umbrella models is a distinguishing feature of their umbrella product line. To easily open one of their umbrellas, you simply pull upward on any of the ribs and it will continue opening itself. To close the umbrellas, just push down on any of the fabric panels between the ribs and it self-closes the rest of the way. This design works extremely well for large dining tables where it might be difficult to reach the center of the table to operate a typical lift mechanism. Telescope’s unique opening and closing feature, combined with super durable support ribs, offers you many years of worry-free and effortless enjoyment from your patio umbrella.