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Some Useful Devices Prove There’s More To Origami Than Aesthetics

Recently we’ve seen an explosion of origami inspiration fashion and design. As we all cram ourselves into smaller and smaller spaces, people are looking for solutions to make the most of our surroundings. In this issue, we introduce the trend of bending geometry that originated with the ancient art of origami.

Money Jewellery

Belgian jewellery designer Tine de Ruysser creates origami jewellery out of bank notes. The necklaces, bracelets and brooches are beautifully crafted using skilful origami and are described by the designer as “wearable pieces of art”.

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Collapsible Helmet

People are more casually hopping on public bikes to pedal their way to and from work. This collapsible helmet can easily slide into a bag or briefcase, but expands out to protect your noggin. An innovative design that utilises origami to save lives and promote a green industry. Brilliant.


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Entfaltung

Waibel created her own expandable bag by transforming sheets of tyvek into 3D objects. Her fashion pieces are folded and transformed to give flowing, textured shapes. The collection includes a dress that bounces and sways as the wearer moves and a spectacular umbrella.


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Origami Beer

Lindsten’s origami beer concept features a beer bottle that allows drinkers to transform the front label into a beautiful origami flower. A great example of how simple folding can bring that bit of beauty to an everyday object.


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Set

Finding a bookshelf that perfectly fits that space in your living room can be a nightmare. The Set can be formed in three different sizes with an expanding frame and shelves with strategic cut-outs. Its foldable nature means you can easily pack it up when you move home and is always adaptable for different spaces.


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Eco-amp

Eco-amp uses the age-old technology of amplification to give your iPhone speaker a bit of a boost. This new portable speaker has to be the simplest and greenest we’ve seen yet. The piece is über-green, made completely from recycled paper and merely boosts the iPhone’s own power without sucking in anymore.


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Paper Vase

This origami-inspired vase was created for the Tiny Miracles Foundation in Mumbai, a project that seeks out beauty in every corner of the Indian city. The flexible triangular structure comes in an envelope but quickly expands to up cycle any old bottle into a postmodern vase.


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Honeycomb Lamp

From the home of origami, Japan, comes the honeycomb lamp. At first glance its silhouette portrays a traditional lamp and shade. But look a little further and you’ll notice the piece’s honeycomb texture. The lamp is constructed from Japanese denguri paper, folded and connected into a lattice. The honeycomb texture gives a natural diffusion to the light and creates a warm ambience.

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Disposable Trash Cans

These origami rubbish bags are recycled, used for recycling and recyclable. This triple whammy is all down to the clever use of origami. The angular geometric designs, complete with jazzy graphics to denote different materials, are incredibly well thought through. No more added wastage of plastic bin liners: these flat-pack bins can be easily sealed ready for recycling once full.


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