Archive for the ‘origami architecture’ Category

Structural Exploration

Daniel MacGibbon, an architecture student, has a website where he is exploring origami as an integral part of architectural design.  He has his abstract listed and has pictures of his explorations.  While not extensive I think this site is definitely worth checking out.  I think that the exploration of geometry in design (which has been significantly increasing) will radically change architectural design (along with structural integrity explorations), furniture design, etc…  Daniel is also on flickr under his own name.

Tangential to Origami-Sites to Browse  This is Digital Origami a site that is mostly conceptual architectural design.  It has a lot of nifty ideas and eye candy.

 I found the above site at . It is written by Michelle Linden an Architect from Seattle.  It has a lot of great finds and links.  This is a design blog and the aesthetic makes me think of Dwell magazine.  She is doing a great job.  Architecture firms entry that has a very interesting desing concept.  A company that focuses on laser cutting flat metal sheets to create stuff.  This shows students of an architectural professor from Kuwait creating origamic-architecture pieces.  I especially like the landmarks.

 Pictures taken of the Festival of Origami Architecture at the National Building Museum.  These show a young girl who attended and a large variety of origami architecture and pictures of a huge crane being made.  There are also photographs of huge origami-architecture pieces made in sequence.

 Depending on construction it may be pushing it to call it origami, but I LOVE IT.  The geometry is very cool.


Excellent Holiday Gift-Jeff Rutzky’s Kirigami Book


Jeff’s book would make a great holiday gift.  It is nicely balanced and covers several styles of kirigami.  He has a wide array of designs and artists, which gives a nice sampling.  My favorite bit (although I liked it all) was the pictures of artist’s work.  They give one a level to aspire to, even as we realize that it likely isn’t in our innate constitution.  They sell it at Barnes and Nobles.  Here is the online site.

His website which is a melange of his interests and photographs is here



As I bought Jeff’s book a bit ago I’ve been meaning to try something.  Finally just looking at the pictures inspired me to grab a utility knife(my exacto ran away with the spoon it seems) and sketch something out. I sketched two intertwined growths (in my mind was the folksong “Barbara Allen, specifically the line “They grew and grew up the old churchyard the red rose and the briar.” Well the end result I found endlessly amusing the shadows were a hoot to play with and I was way to visually enthused. 

PCOC 2007

Vancouver was beautiful, even as it rained and was cloudy.   Joseph Wu did a magnificent job with the Pendulum Gallery exhibition.  It was a privilege to see so many amazing works in one place. 


Teaching was fun and instructive.  I thank all who came to the workshop and class.  Eric Joisel’s class was humorous and informative.  Eric Gjerde expanded tessellation knowledge to the masses as is his mission and Bekah brought a chuckle and a wicked sense of humor everywhere she went.  I met Michael and Richard, very well spoken and knowledgable men, the have a fascinating wellspring of stories and experiences.  Joseph Wu’s little boy, Michael, is adorable and when he decides to make money by renting out the perfect child I’m on the list.  I love Joisel’s work and Cooper’s Puck is full of character.


A new tessellator Adrianne was met and proves to be  a quick study and is an amusing lassy:)  Both Michael LaFosse and Joseph Wu taught pigs(or boar) and both were elegant little models.  The plane ride back was a bit bumpy, but I was on time.  On the plane I initially started a mask in blue elephant hide that Darren(from Australia) gave me a bit of, but like most masks I do I pulled it apart and worked on making a test of a solar system tess.   The solar system spiral was to small and I havn’t decided if I like the stars I used, but it was a fun practice run(asymmetry is hard, it just looks unfinished if not careful).I just wish I hadn’t abused my pretty new color.  Most of the photos will be posted to flickr, but here is a sample.  Played with gray paper also, but I didn’t fold much new stuff.

It’s Not Just Paper Anymore

I realize the title is misleading-origami has been more than paper for a long time, from Palmer’s silk tessellations to the utilization of tyvec for wallets.  The fashion industry, as well as architects and designers,  has increasingly been finding inspiration in origami.  Many things are only now coming to fruition/production.

Curtains that would have been at home at PCOC by Hannah Allijn, take a tessellating foundation and use it for a functional and delightful  purpose. 

Origami is structure and form, and those who are students of the craft and art are architects of structure.  The ability to find collapses, constrained or otherwise, gives us the chance to test structural constraints and give aesthetic consideration at the same time.  This rapidly evolving consciousness is wonderful as it has the potential to open up another approach to design.  The trip to Vancouver I just returned from really made me think about the changing view of origami, while I can’t afford the vast majority of these designs it is wonderful to see how widespread they are. 

Two websites that are good at finding origami trends are listed below.

 Design*Sponge: hannah allijn - curtains - home decor - blogs Stylehive BM 146297 from


Organic Landscape I

Most recent tessellation.  Been to busy to really fold lately. 

Origami in Architecture, Fashion, and Production

Platform21 = Folding (I absolutely adore this dress.)

Thanks to an e-mail from Christiane Bettens I am posting some links.  There is a design exhibition in Amsterdam.  It has a cross section of participants from Robert Lang to Sophia Vyzoviti.  Fashion designers to architects with P.H.D’s populate this show in a diverse approach to an art form that I have come to appreciate in its many veins.  The second link takes you to a spot where you can find online foldables that relate to this show.

While I am not sure how I feel on the aesthetic or practicality of designer Marloes ten Bhömer, , I definitely find the approach novel and potentially revolutionary in the production of shoes.