What Origami Inspires

I’ve written about my love affair with origami before (though please don’t confuse that with my ability to do anything more than basic). Origami offers the power to transform a single sheet of paper into something representational through folds alone and what the masters create is nothing short of amazing.  It’s the stuff of magic as far as I’m concerned, though serious minds – think aerospace engineers, physicists, and mathematicians – give much weight to the science behind the folds.

Here are a few designers who have also been inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding.

Image via Daily Design Live Journal

These origami curtains by Florian Krautli are breathtaking.  The structured design which incorporates magnets allows the curtains to be folded into any shape. You can contact Krautli directly for information on when these might be available for purchase.

These Flux chairs were created by inventor Douwe Jacobs and industrial designer Tom Schouten and offer a new take on the folding chair.  Light weight making them portable (10.6 pounds to be exact), collapsable making them easy to store (pile them 21 high and they take up only a foot of height), they’re also a beautiful design adding oomph and ahhh to the lowly folding chair.  Available in the US through YLiving for a limited time.

The Flux chair can be purchased in a rainbow of colours, carries up to 352 pounds of weight and can be assembled in 10 seconds by the ‘average’ person (whatever that means).  Images via YLiving.

Now here’s a dress with wow-factor by Yuliya Kyrpo. The train is constructed from 1000 paper cranes that the fashion designer folded herself from old issues of the Metro newspaper.  Now that’s upcycling!  This dress was on display at the London’s Science Museum last summer as part of their Trash Fashion Designing Out Of Waste exhibit.

Images via Eccouterre.

And last but absolutely far from least is this unique origami-inspired outdoor portable emergency housing shelter called cardborigami by USC School of Architecture graduate Tine Hovespian.  Constructed from cardboard it unfolds into a structure that can sleep two.  They are also sustainably built, durable and very light weight.   Hovespian has always had an interest in humanitarian work and is currently working on a project for Skid Row in LA where she hopes these  emergency shelters can be used.

I love to see how one artform can inspire and inform the world of design.  There are so many stunning examples of such ingenuity, but these are a few of my faves today.

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