Fast on the heels of the popular faceted, geometric, cut crystal trend in furniture design, origami-inspired shapes push the intricacy and beauty of angles to the next level. Origami, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper", is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding in which a single sheet of paper is folded into complex designs without the use of cutting or gluing. Now designers are adopting this practice and turning thin metal sheets, cardboard, felt and even leather into practical and beautiful furnishings doubling as impressive works of art.
We've recently seen origami shapes become popular in felt wall hangings and paper lights highlighted on Apartment Therapy. Now, several interesting chairs and sofas allow you to incorporate a signature piece into your home, or even make a piece yourself!
• Like origami, Carlos Tíscar's easy chair and sofa are built by manipulating angular sections of straight lines. What results is a chic and comfortable seating unit that gently hugs you from all sides. Price on chair starts around $1500. Via 2nd Floor.
• Mathieu Lehanneur has crafted a "Leather Island" that is designed to reconfigurate geometrically under pressure; allowing innumerous shapes when sat upon. Think of this investment as a grown-up beanbag. Price on request.
• The Flux chair is a stackable, collapsible, portable and outdoor-friendly beauty with an impressive set of numbers: 10.6: pounds the chair weighs, 352: pounds the chair holds, 21: number of chairs you can stack flat in 1 foot, and 10: seconds it takes to fold the chair flat, on average. Made of polypropylene and available in a rainbow of colors for $199 each. Via YLiving.
• Want an affordable and fun DIY project? Foldschool is a collection of free cardboard furniture designs which you can make at home by following the easy, printable patterns. Swiss architect Nicola Enrico Stäubli developed Foldschool to encourage families to create together - a printer, some cardboard and a pair of scissors are all you need to create fun furniture for your kids (and the kid in you). If you want to make adult-sized furniture, just enlarge the pattern and use thicker cardboard. Free!
• Designed by Andrea Lucatello for Cattelan Italia and manufactured in Italy, the Origami Modern Sofa can convert from a couch into a bed with a simple maneuver of the frame and can be ordered in eco leather, top grain genuine Italian soft leather and fabric upholstery options. $4388.86 + shipping. Via Spacify.
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