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796: (246/365) Japanese Andon Lamp

Posted by wonko on September 3, 2017 in 365-2017, furniture, Traditional |

Paper is an amazing thing. In Japanese culture, for centuries, walls and furnishings were made from timber and Washi (hand-made Kozo fibre paper). Candle-driven laps made of paper (counter-intuitively) are still common, this is an Andon Lamp: There are 2 versions of this – one that uses 4 squares (this one) and another minor variation […]

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614: (64/365) Brickwork Fireplace

Posted by wonko on March 5, 2017 in 365-2017, furniture, geometry |

Brickwork tessellations are a bit of work, but it is nice to see a model that uses the tessellation as the texture of another structure: This is Ichiro Kinoshita’s “Fireplace by Brickwork”, a torturous fold that requires a ton of pre-creasing and as the scale I chose (square cut from an A3 sheet), the final […]

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471: Folding Chair

Posted by wonko on February 22, 2014 in furniture |

Needing to clean my brain, I looked for some box-pleating (as that is absorbing, fiddly and it is difficult to to do or think anything else while doing it): I came across a design for a folding chair, folded in 24ths and decided to give it a go.

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447: Black Forest Cuckoo Clock

Posted by wonko on August 3, 2013 in furniture, geometry, machine |

In need of some therapy, and with my procrastinator set on FULL, I embarked on a punishing box-pleating exercise: I remember as a kid in New Zealand we had a cheezy Cuckoo Clock (Mum loved it) that used to have metal pinecones as counterweights and a faux timber case that used to “cuckoo” and scare […]

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282: Skillman’s Chair

Posted by wonko on October 9, 2011 in furniture |

Now I freely admit as a kid I was an origami wimp – seeing complicated folds of this “comfy chair” and running a mile, or half-ass trying them, crumpling the paper and sulking. This fold, by Jack Skillman, seemed too hard way back then so I never tried it: As it turns out, the only […]

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180: Rocking Horse

Posted by wonko on June 29, 2011 in domestic, furniture, mammal |

Now I have been a customer of Rocking Horse records in Brizvegus for as long as I can remember – they stock an important mix of local releases, electronica, avant-garde, metal, obscure and dance music ephemera that appeals to me. They are in trouble – difficult to compete with torrents and copyright theft (I know […]

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175: Tick Tick Tock

Posted by wonko on June 24, 2011 in furniture |

I find it interesting that time seems to pass so much slower when you are doing something you really do not enjoy: My “Theory of Temporal Perception” explains that time like that which crawls past during an exam supervision, say, is noticed minute by minute, tick by tock. This is a cute action model – […]

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164: Queen Anne Table

Posted by wonko on June 13, 2011 in furniture |

Now I put my hand up as a staunch REPUBLICAN – I have never seen the sense of a colonial country holding on to a token monarchy. It would be different if the monarchy were actually USEFUL to us, like a table: Strong, supportive, present, made of something sustainable and central to daily life, a […]

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118: Grammophone

Posted by wonko on April 28, 2011 in furniture |

In simpler times, music was encoded onto black plastic discs as bumpy valleys a needle would bounce along to extract the sound. In even simpler times that sound was amplified by a large cone, no electricity involved at all: These days it is all iPods, mp3s, downloads and stealing music – sometimes the older, simpler […]

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91: A Rock

Posted by wonko on April 1, 2011 in boxes, fish, fruit, furniture, reptile, vehicle |

Participatory Origami reaches YOU. Go get an A4 sheet of paper NOW, here is a cracking model for you to try:

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