This item was born from a collaboration with a book binding factory that has been around since the late 1940s with its roots in origami production.
Origami production was difficult, requiring the skill and expertise of a technician to operate machines to cut paper in equal lengths. Today however, technology has made it easy to cut square pieces of paper.
With ORIGAMI FOR CRANE it is possible to fold two different types of crane from a patterned origami sheet.
Depending on the direction of the first fold, the patterns replace one another to create a crane with a contrasting feel.
Origami was printed monotone to blend in with the modern interior space.
This item was made not just to perform as an origami but as a piece of paper for writing and wrapping. Dots are faintly printed on the back.
It is also made thicker than the average origami. That makes even a grown-up want to fold and create on impulse. Regardless of age, if you have not made something out of paper in a while it would be a pleasure if the excitement of creating something three dimensional from the two dimensional can be experienced.
Made at the same factory, the packaging is a simple envelope also made of paper.
This is in part to communicate the desire of the factory for more opportunities to come in contact with paper in an age where people are increasingly distancing themselves from products like books. The packaging has as much thought placed in it as the origami itself.
Origami is one piece of paper but like a piece of fabric, a four sided sheet can transform into something surprising.
In confronting the existence of paper, collaborating with a factory with the aim of continued sustainability, origami was the appropriate item of choice.
Completed only by taking each step and fold carefully one by one, origami is an item that can teach the importance of building up bit by bit.
This is a minimal product that can be boasted to the world.