Celebrating Origami

To celebrate World Origami Days (24th October – 11th November) we have collated some of our favourite origami inspired work, including our very own Illustrious collection that started out as paper folded designs.

Origami - ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century and was popularised outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since evolved into a modern art form. The most well-known piece of origami is the crane traditionally symbolising peace.

Running from October 24th, the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer, one of the founders of the British Origami society, this two and a half week celebration honours the art of paper folding around the world. We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to showcase some of our favourite pieces that have also been inspired by Origami.

Tesler + Mendelovitch is a Textile Design Team, that research and experiment a wide range of materials. These architectural looking, artisanal "wood skin"  clutches are constructed from 100% wood. By applying traditional wood craftsmanship to new technology they introduced the first original "Diamond Wood" geometric wood surface. The geometric surface design provides necessary flexibility and is soft to the touch.


Source:  mattshlian.com/

Source:  mattshlian.com/

Matt Shlian describes himself as a paper engineer. He explores the impossibilities of geometry. The Apophenia Series is created on a black canvas using graphic software to create the complex the shapes, which he then fabricates by hand into a 3D model. The term 'apophenia' refers to the idea of seeing patterns where none exist.


Paper artist Joel Cooper folds these astounding masks and tessellations from single pieces of paper using folding grids.


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Source: kyl21.com/

David Marx, food scientist and founder of The Science Kitchen in Berlin, has elevated ice pops into an art form with a molecular design. The new KYL21 ice pop line is more than just visually appealing; it’s also vegan and lactose-free, so even those with strict diet regiments or food allergies can enjoy them.


Create your own hipster bow tie with this DIY paper version. Made from nothing but paper and glue, created by Fiber Lab. You can buy them from their Etsy store or make your own with their free step-by-step tutorial.


Voyage’ is the beautiful creation of media architect Claudio Benghi and light artist Gloria Ronchi.  The installation consists of three hundred floating 'paper boats', encasing coloured dynamic LED lights that come alive at night in the Middle Dock of Londons, Canary Wharf.

Thousand origami cranes is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by string. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical creatures and is said to live for a thousand years. An ancient legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

You can see more Origami creations on our Pinterest board dedicated to the artform here.