Through origami, even materials like paper, textile, blanket can be folded into everyday life housewares and installations, like furniture, chairs and light shades that bring us surprises — as showcased in the latest exhibition on The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) campus.
Origami has hundreds of years of history. It is a folding technique changes the characteristics of materials, transforming two-dimensional materials into objects with three-dimensional attributes. Modern origami design is no longer a sculpting process, but a way of designing objects that are neither limited to materials nor folding methods.
In the exhibition "Origami x Materials" organised by the Material Resource Centre under PolyU's School of Design between 3 and 18 April 2018, a group of designers and brands, as well as PolyU design alumnus and students, will showcase a variety of origami-inspired houseware designs and installations. Applying origami-inspired structures and folding styles on different materials, they have created many design works for daily life uses that bring us surprises and inspirations.
The exhibition aims to enhance audience's understanding of origami, its structural principle, and the many possibilities of different materials as presented in origami form. Designers and inventors can thus be inspired to explore new, trendy and interesting materials in their future creations.
The exhibition features two designers:
Mr Kade Chan Pak Hei
A professional origami artist and product/graphic designer, Mr Chanis also a graduate of PolyU's School of Design. He is the first Chinese receiving the Yoshino Issei Fund from Japan Origami Academic Society, the most prestigious award in the origami community. So far, Mr Chan has created more than 100 origami designs and organised more than 60 public events/exhibitions in collaboration with various brands and organisations.
Mr Eric Tong
Graduated from The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, Mr Tong is passionate about bespoke furniture and product design. He has worked for renowned architects Zaha Hadid and Future Systems before starting up his studio in Hong Kong.
Highlights of Student Works
The exhibition also highlights a collection from five groups of PolyU's design students. Their origami works attempt to provide practical solutions to different problems of our daily lives.
Material Resource Centre of PolyU's School of Design
PolyU's School of Design is committed to bring new sources of inspiration and creativity for innovation. The School's Material Resource Centre serves as a material library where staff, students and alumni of PolyU, and university partners can explore materials representing current trends in design, materials research and productions from all over the world.
"Origami x Materials" Exhibition
Exhibition Period: 3 April – 18 April 2018
Venue and Opening Hours (Free Admission):
(1) 3/F, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, PolyU
Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 19:00
(2) Room V510, 5/F, Material Resource Centre, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, PolyU
Monday to Friday 10:30 – 18:00
For public enquiry: Ms Man Tsang (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 2766 7971)