Gallery: 6 Amazing Origami Designs!

We all had a go at making paper cranes and planes when we were kids, but some skillful creatives are taking origami to another level. This ancient artform started in 17th century Japan and is based on creating 3D sculptures from folding a flat piece of material -- usually paper -- without the need for glue. From amazingly tiny origami animals to intricate origami money sculptures, we can't get enough from the simple yet surprising technique of folding paper. Read on for all of our favorite examples!

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  1. bryantyee March 28, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I would like to learn about the practical implications of origami and how it can be applied to innovative new designs. ie The miura ori fold used in the solar panels of satellites, or the water-bomb base fold found in heart stints.

    In my senior thesis, that you featured on your site last month, I used origami to create a glue-free packaging box for LED bulbs, made completely out of paper. The intention was to raise awareness in the amount of single-use plastic we put in packaging. As a young designer, I think there is something very valuable that we can take away from the idea of origami and paper engineering. How can we use 100% biodegradable mediums to eradicate the need for wasteful plastics?

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