A Precious Posterior, Preserved for Posterity

The Honey Pop Chair is made entirely of paper. 120 layers of honeycombed, glassine paper. 
furniture, chair, innovative, Japan, paper, conservation

A poetic transformation of industrial waste

The Cabbage chair was created for an exhibition organized in Japan by Issey Miyake, who challenged his contemporaries to conceive of new products for the twenty-first-century. What types of furniture and objects are appropriate, Miyake asked, for people who “don’t just wear clothes, but shed their skin?” He invited Oki Sato of Nendo to find a use for pleated paper, a material employed to process the signature fabric featured in Miyake’s garments. Vast amounts of this material are discarded as a by-product of the manufacturing process.
chair, Nendo, paper, sustainability, Issey Miyake, Japan

Paper Clothes

Paper dresses of the 1960s are memorable but they are hardly innovative.  Japan has been weaving with paper since at least the sixteenth century when woven paper– called shifu in Japanese – was most likely developed by the impoverished rural population for lack of other materials. With few raw materials available, farmers originally cut the pages of ancient account books in order to turn them into woven paper. The ink writing on the paper also remained visible in the finished fabric leaving an interesting speckled pattern.
paper, Japan, textiles, cloth, clothes, clothing

Decorated Book Papers: Seventeenth to Twentieth Century

endpapers, bookbnding, marbling, woodblock prints, paper, paste papers, patterns

Plane Geometry and Fancy Figures: The Art and Technique of Paper Folding

paper, paper folding, origami, geometry

Bandboxes and Shopping Bags in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Publication design: Lorraine Wild
bandboxes, shopping bags, cardboard, paper, graphic design, ephemera, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35350095

Kata-gami: Japanese Stencils in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Publication design: Lazin & Katalan
stencils, kata-gami, patterns, textile printing, paper

Why Design Now?: Cabbage Chair

Why? Made from reclaimed materials, the Cabbage chair is a compact roll of paper that the user opens up and peels back, layer by layer, to create a soft enclosure for the body, requiring no finishing, assembly, or hardware. Resins added to the paper during the production process give it strength and memory, while the pleats make the paper springy and elastic.
Cabbage Chair, reclaimed materials, paper, no assembly, Why Design Now, Exhibition

The Shopping Bag: Portable Graphic Art

The bandboxes and shopping bags on display from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's permanent collection reflect the development of consumer culture. Bandboxes of the 19th century, carry-alls without handles, were precursors to the shopping bags of today. The emergence of the shopping bag in the 20th century balanced the practical concerns of the consumer, the need to carry portable purchases, with the marketing interests of the store, which used the bag as a portable billboard. 
bandboxes, shopping bags, cardboard, paper, graphic design, ephemera, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35350095


Nineteenth-century Japanese stencils (kata-gami) used for dyeing textiles provide invaluable insights into the geometric forms, costumes, and figures used at that time—although the original fabrics are gone, the stencils remain! This exhibition also features stencil-dyed fabrics and photographs to help illustrate this textile printing process.
stencils, kata-gami, patterns, textile printing, paper, exhibitions