unfolded: paper in design, art, architecture and industry
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jan 29, 2010
unfolded: paper in design, art, architecture and industry

‘cabbage chair’ by nendo
chair made of pleated paper

authors: petra schmidt and nicola stattmann
publisher: birkhäuser
year: 2009
size: 255 pages, 22.2 x 28 cm
isbn: 3034600321



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the start of our relationship with paper is frequently troubled, closely interwoven
with school time experiences. ‘unfolded’ presents paper from a new perspective:
as a high-tech material and substance for a new generation of engineers, designers,
artists, and architects.

an overview of contemporary paper projects by michael young, naoto fukasawa,
martin margiela, nendo, raw-edges, inga sempé, shigeru ban, tokujin yoshioka…
which range from furniture construction, architecture, art installations to fashion and jewelry,
illustrating the diverse characteristic properties and potential applications of paper.

‘unfolded’ also provides information on modern paper technologies – such as its scientific uses,
composites – and reveals manufacturing processes for intelligent, lightweight construction,
while also recognizing more traditional paper practices such as japanese origami.

is it for me?

good look at the ways in which paper can be manipulated and reconstructed, from the functional
to the abstract.
well illustrated, it will get your creative juices flowing about new ways in which
you can use the material.

up close of ‘cabbage chair’ by nendo
chair made of pleated paper

work models by konstantin grcic
made of cardboard, wire and adhesive tape

‘wall clock’ by jasper morrison from the ‘haptic – awakening the senses’ collection
clock face in compression molded paper

l: ‘honeycomb lamp’ by kyouei design
r: ‘scorpion varileg, opus 379′ by robert j. lang

l: ‘a thousand of self’ (left)
by noriko ambe - cuts in the book ‘1000 on 42nd street’ by neil elkirk
r: ‘a piece of flat globe vol. 4′ by noriko ambe – cuts in synthetic paper (yupo)

paper works by peter callesen using acid-free paper

l: ‘tyvekboots’
by marloes ten bhömer using tyvek
r: ‘paperfoldshoe’ by marloes ten bhömer – a shoe template made out of one sheet of paper

‘pleats paper dresses’ by miyake design studio
work-in-progress pieces made out of paper for XXIst century man exhibition

‘public farm one’ by work AC installation at PS 1, new york

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