Prismatic Table- Isamu Noguchi, 1957

Noguchi's "Prismatic Table" is based on purely geometric forms. This novel three-legged side table with its hexagonal tabletop is made of folded sheet aluminium and was inspirerd by traditional Japanese paper folding techniques. Source: 

This origami technique can be compressed and collapsed; withstanding any pressure. I am looking to incorporate this onto a product in our daily lives. 

Peter Pavlov

Peter Pavlov scraps the flexible polyethylene snack bag for a flexible folding carton that can close the mouth shut- so that the crisps don’t get exposed to the air. He cites the triangular Doritos shape as the inspiration for the package’s triangular facets. I find this to be a clever design that showcases the famous Doritos triangle shaped crisps and adds a great functionality to the packaging that benefits the user.  

Strong and Sturdy Origami Chair Design by Enoc Armengol & Arnau Miquel

Made out from a single sheet of stainless steel, this Origami Chair is built with careful folds to create a geometric, harmonious chair. Adding the luxury and elegant perception, the origami chair can be finished off in black or white leather.-


The ORI stool by Jakub Piotr kalinowski

ORI Stool

The ORI Stool is a prototype conceived by Polish designer Jakub Piotr Kalinowski which is aimed at affordability, sustainability and ease of assembly. Inspired by Japanese origami, the stool is made of a single sheet of folded aluminum, and is stackable!- Pleatfarm

Zhang & Thonsgaard

Ying Zhang and Ida Thonsgaard work within the field of product, space and surface design with a background in chinese/asian and scandinavian design culture. Source: www.zhangthonsga.ardcom

This piece is part of the playtime collection held at 2013. I saw a similar design in the book Folding techniques for designers by Paul Jackson. I also find that the technique of using fabric and wood hinge reminded me of Foldtex. 


Colapz bucket features the same mechanism as the Kada Stool. The user will have to twist the top and bottom to allow the product to collapse. The product is a bucket but other components can be attached to it to make it a watering can. Moreover, there is also a range of colours to choose from; allowing the user to personalise and choose the product that suits them most. 


Holding invisible cycle helmet by Hovding

The holding provides head protection for cyclists. A collar worn around the neck contains a folded air bag that is activated only if an accident occurs. When inflated, the air bag takes the form of a hood, surrounding and protecting the cyclists head. The product was made from a survey that investigated why people don't wear helmets, the design deals with the reality that some will still put appearance before safety. 

Air bags are a classic example of origami in everyday products. The air bag has to be folded in such a way that it can inflate efficiently and effectively. 

Justin Nagelberg & Matthew Waldman

The Sa umbrella by Justin Nagelberg & Matthew Waldman

The Sa is the umbrella reimagined. It does away with the traditional skeleton and mesh umbrella structure, for a much more modern and efficient design. Beyond it's completely new canopy design, the Sa also innovates with its environmentally conscious material choices, has a completely innovative internalized handle mechanism and magnetic closure system, and features many other groundbreaking new features.

I chose this design because of how orginal the idea is and the simplicity of it. I also like the twisting mechanism it has on the handle to open the umbrella. I didnt like the orginal mechanism that normal umbrellas have because it felt really flimsy and awkward.


Mark Saunders

Mando Footloose chain less bicycle by Mark Saunders

"There are many types of electric bicycles available, but the Mando footloose is a paradigm shift, with a clean and simple design that has created a new archetype. Firstly, it removes all the typical drive-train components- oily chain, chain rings, cogs and dérailleurs- and replaces them with an alternator, battery and motor that is completely programmable, making the ride infinitely adjustable. By contributing your own energy, the standard range of 30km can be increased even more. Using the throttle, the motor drive can be controlled so you can ride without pedalling, and artificially intelligent gear- shifting automatically changes gear by detecting slopes. Secondly, it is a foldable solution, making it much more adaptable when not in use, Finally, a portable interface is mounted on the handlebar so you can check a wide variety of information including distance, speed, battery and self-generated power status. And, just like an automotive smart key, the bike is immobilised when the key is removed." ~Paul Marchant

I like the fact that it can be collapsed and be stored away.As a result, this encourages people to use bicycles to work and therefore this reduced the environmental impact. The simple and efficient design will also mean that there are less additional components that are moving, meaning that the bicycle won't break often. Overall, I can see these being made in different colours and styles for people that want to customise their bikes. 


The surfaces of Pilot pillows were inspired by origami patterns. The design process blends the traditional techniques of tailoring and sewing with contemporary materials.  Made of waterproof material Tyvek, pillows are ideal for outdoor use. The upper surface can be more or less perforated, as required.

The pillows Pilot were designed for Reaktor’s workshop in 2010. Source: 

Vitamins, UK

Morph folding wheel by Vitamins, UK

"This is a design for the first ever foldable wheel , which has just started coming off the production line in the US. It started life intended for bikes in a city-centre context but has, in the end, taken off in relation to wheelchairs. The most heart-warming thing about this is the possible impact it may make on people's live if they need to use a wheelchair. Users apparently complain about big bulky chairs that sit in the corner of the room, staring at you and reminding that you need them. This one can be folded away. In fact, it is the first time a wheelchair can be folded small enough to go in an overhead locker on a plane, the boot of a small car, or a wardrobe at home." JB 

Crushed Bowls by Juilen de smedt/ Maria Ljungsten for Muuto

I like the fact that the designers are using CAD and CAM to create the work. It would otherwise be impossible to get the overall shape of the product.