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Echo, a new origami

Cindy Ng

This new furniture collection, Echo was designed by Tom Faulkner. Inspired by origami, the folds of the table legs were configured to provide the maximum amount of strength and stability. The swivel chair mimics the faceted shape of the table and provides a cocoon-like place to sit. Smart! via Design Milk



Travel Origami

Cindy Ng

Travel-Origami-Book In her new book, Travel Origami, author Cindy Ng shows you how to take the paper souvenirs you collect on your travels and turn them into beautiful and useful folded origami objects that serve as visible mementoes! Use those postcards, street maps, tickets and souvenirs and convert them into artful memories that can last a lifetime.

Whether you are a world traveler or a local vacationer, Travel Origami gives you 24 easy-to-fold origami projects that are fun to make and fabulous to display in your home. Foolproof step-by-step instructions show you how to fold your paper collections into special items you can wear, carry, hang on your wall, or give to a traveling companion as a special keepsake.
24 fun and functional travel keepsakes include:

  • Lampshade
  • Photo frame
  • Jewelry
  • Wreath

This book is the perfect way to stretch your adventures into hours of memory-making fun while reminiscing with family and friends.

Origami Pleats

Cindy Ng

Fabric, I think is the next best material that can emulate what paper can do with origami. You can still fold with thick or thin fabric and yield very dramatic results. This polyester hand-pleated textile is really lovely - because of the soft material and simple folds, romantic- for its pastel colors and practical - it folds up into a roll. For more photos, click on over to the LACMA gallery.

Two $50 Costco Giftcards (Giveaway now closed)

Cindy Ng

Starting July 19th, Girligami will be on sale for you and your best gal pals at Costco stores nationwide! Today, we've partnered with Tuttle Publishing to give away two $50.00 Costco giftcards to two lucky readers!!!! Scroll down to learn more!

How to Enter

To enter, simply leave a comment here telling me what's the best/favorite purchase(s) you made at Costco and/or your favorite memory of Costco. Entries must be posted by Saturday, July 26th at 11:59 pm EST, and two winners will be chosen at random. Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Friends and family of the author and Tuttle Publishing staff are not eligible. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. The winners will be contacted by email once comments close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after.

If I was entering the contest...

Here's what I would say: My best purchase: Floss because it comes in 4s. My friends and family will tell you, I'm obsessed with oral care! My favorite memory: Earlier this year, I was in Houston, TX for work and to visit my ice cream cousin. My uncle invited me to Costco so that we can catch up on life while he did his grocery shopping. He told me stories about my mom and their upbringing in Hong Kong. It meant more to me than anything.

Folding Support

For those who need some extra help folding the origami high heel, here's a tutorial I made earlier this year:

Other Origami Kits at Costco

If you like Girligami, you might also like these other origami kits. They'll be keeping my origami kit company at Costco too! Buy one, two, three or more for you and all your friends! In the fall when school starts, you'll have a head start in geometry class! Trust me, I took a lot of math classes during the summer! #reachhigher

Lastly, 15% off at Origami Bijou

Origami Bijou is offering a 15% discount through the end of the month. Coupon code(case sensitive): COSTCO

Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to our winners: Barbara Berret and Kathy Orita on winning $50 Costco giftcards!

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Origami Roof

Cindy Ng

Love it when homes evoke the feeling of origami. Designed in 2013 by TSC Architects, this modern single family residence is situated inside the Mie Prefecture, Japan. Read more about the process via ArchDaily.

Can Origami Provide a Foundation for 3-D Nanotechnology?

Cindy Ng

Artists, Mathematicians, Scientists are working together, with the help of a four-year National Science Foundation grant, to see if origami can provide a foundation for 3-D nantotechnology.

First of all, what is nanotechnology? According to nano.gov, nanotechnology is the application of extremely small things - atoms and molecules-  that can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.

Led by engineer Max Shtein and artist Matt Shlian and a group of researchers, they're "looking at new ways of manipulating light or other kinds of electromagnetic energy using folded structures, and how to actually control the mechanics of materials."

The final product has yet to be realized, but they believe the collaborative process itself might be the most significant deliverable of all. Read more over at the University of Michigan.

Popcorn Stored in Origami Folds

Cindy Ng

In 2008 Anni Nykänen [of Packlab] won four awards for her Popcorn concept. Three of them European student design awards at the IOP: Student Starpack Awards. The Gold, Best in Show Award, Marks & Spencers / Korsnas Frovi Sponsored Award as she helped PACKLAB. Lahti Institute of Design to win the Eric Dickens Award for the second time in 2008. Months later her packaging picked up a 2008 Honorable Mention at the Worldstar Student / Packaging Design Competition (International) Award.

via lovepackage.com

Home with Folded Corner

Cindy Ng

FHouse based in Gion, a part of Kyoto best known as an exclusive geisha district is designed by Japanese architect Yukio Hashimoto, who gave the building a folded corner to evoke an association with origami. (read more at dezeen.com)

Stunning Origami Solarcell Lamps Are Made From Folded Photovoltaic Panels!

Cindy Ng

Renewable Energy,Green Products,Green Materials,Green Lighting,Green Appliancessolar panel,eindhoven,korean design,origami lamp Korea-born, Eindhoven-based Joon & Jung‘s Origami Solarcell is a polygonal low-energy LED lamp that is completely powered by the sun’s energy. The pendant lights are made from a flexible photovoltaic material that is folded into a 3D lamp using origami techniques. The flat-pack multi-faceted lights are still in the prototype stage, but we hope to see these innovative, energy-efficient designs hit store shelves in the near future.

Photo © Joon & Jung

via INHABITAT http://inhabitat.com/stunning-origami-solarcell-lamps-are-made-from-folded-photovoltaic-panels/

Light and shadow sculptures by Kumi Yamashita

Cindy Ng

Let’s take a look at “Origami,” the latest work of artist Kumi Yamashita. Like magic, she uses just a simple piece of paper and her fingers to create the silhouette of faces.

And she even does caricatures! Among them are some recognizable faces, like Angela Merkel:

source: Fubiz

via Spoon & Tamago http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2012/08/29/light-and-shadow-sculptures-by-kumi-yamashita

Origami-Inspired Furniture by Zhang & Thonsgaard

Cindy Ng

I love seeing designers take origami concepts to make furniture bc folding wood and steel is just a *tad* bit harder than folding paper. In this post, you'll see repeating shapes that folds up into some quirky styled furniture. By Berlin+Beijing designers Zhang & Thonsgaard.

Luminous Origami Art Installation Displays Digital Information at Bremen University Library

Cindy Ng

Video installation,art installation,folded paper,Bremen university,german design, Recycling / Compost,green Interiors,Decorative Objects, The University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, created a luminous interior installation made entirely from folded paper. The sculptural paper panels float through the Library staircase´s from the street level to the fourth floor, and changing text and images are projected onto them to make the library’s information more readily available to students.

via INHABITAT http://inhabitat.com/luminous-origami-art-installation-displays-digital-information-at-bremin-university-library/

Design and origami in music

Cindy Ng

Design and origami in music exhibition was held last month at the International Museum and Library of Music in beautiful Bologna, Italy. Created by Elisa Cavani and Marisa Cortese and organized by Manoteca and Nipponica, this immersive and interactive exhibition played with the evocative power of origami and music. It's aim focused on the intention to redefine the space, creating harmony between natural elements, sound, paper. Upon arrival, the visitor will not only be a spectator, but become part of the space by playing and creating.