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.
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/
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.
Elaborate origami sculptures diffuse the light from these lamps by Tel Aviv studio Aqua Creations and origami artist Ilan Garibi.
via Dezeen http://www.dezeen.com/2011/11/26/molecules-by-aqua-creations-and-ilan-garibi/
The Japanese wrapping cloth Furoshiki and the art of Origami inspire the F.O. Clock. It is made from 18 tessellated pieces and is constructively folded into a sleek modern artwork. The complex internal structural ribs belie the simplistic external design. Quite impressive!
Designer: Shiping Toohey