Origami turns boring office stationary into colorful pieces of pop-up design.

Japanese designer Mariko Tsujimoto has taken an idea normally reserved for children’s pop-up books, and applied it to the world of office stationary. Her “pop-up furniture” series is a collection of oversized binders that use paper-folding technique to hide tables, chairs, and desks within. The project demonstrates that even dull objects found in the office can come to life with a bit of imagination.

The origami-inspired binders were originally created for the “Kokuyo Design Award Competition” using the prompt “more than just notebooks” as a starting point. They were also presented at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan last month, which you can watch a short clip of below thanks to Daniele Ardizzoia.

Tsujimoto’s work is another great example of origami in action, which proves that a technique from centuries ago can still be relevant today, and in the right hands can be used to create some great pieces of design.



Mariko Tsujimoto

[h/t] DesignBoom

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