I hate Post-its as they were often scrawled with ‘I want this by 10 am tomorrow’ when they arrived at my work desk, stubbornly stuck on top of a stack of files. If only they came in the form of Akira Nagoya’s beautifully cut artwork. The China-Born Japanese artist is a kakmikiri (loosely translated as paper cutting) master, and many of his designs are inspired by centuries-old imagery, such as the phoenix, or nature’s flowers.
Beijing-based artist, designer and book editor Li Hong’s collapsible paper sculptures are shockingly good. He loves paper, collects it, and also experiments with forms to crazy, unpredictable effect. As he once explained to White Rabbit, ‘Paper — you can never predict what it will become in the end’. Looking at his works, we can’t quite […]
‘The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity…and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of a man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.’ This quote by William Blake is cited on the portfolio of Rogan Brown, a talented artist who specialises in the painstaking and arduous discipline of sculpting from paper.
Just the thing to show how much love we have for amateurs on Instagram: a replica of a Polaroid camera that that actually serves up more utility than all these food shots that nobody cares about by dispensing toilet paper in the bathroom. Yep. Want.
Simple yet charming, these paper cut-outs by Casey Ruble seem to pare down images of ordinary, everyday life to their bare essentials. Managing to use only a handful of colours, she recreates scenes that are quite pleasing to the eye. Her work almost reminds me (and I mean this in the most respectful way) of […]
What’s better than a delicious burger? Paper wrapping that tastes just like the delicious burger it envelopes. Bob’s, a Brazilian fast food joint, conducted a case study where they wrapped all their burgers in edible wrapping. Customers loved the edible paper, and they claimed it tasted just like the burger. It’s a great idea for […]
Gift wrap with a steak pattern to make you feel like you’ll want to quaff down some beef or anything wrapped in it? That’s exactly what Penn State University grads Sarah Fay and Justin Colt created. It’s pretty.
This is paper that you can actually wear as cutting-edge fashion pieces. Back in 2009, Paper No.9: Paper textile set about developing this unique material. There really is no other material like it. Used for everything from stationary to hand bags and clothing to wallets, the wide variety of colours and textures makes this leather-like material an extremely […]
Enthralled by the colourful, unpredictable and disjointed imperfections of glitch art, Drew Taylor and I created the AlphbabeNt project: we’d break the 26 characters of the Latin alphabet. Tempered with an unfettered belief in the power of print, we published the collection as a book to force the reader to stop and consider the new […]
Vancouver-based design and production firm Molo creates functional furniture, lighting, and room dividers from pleated paper. Their products are ingeniously made using a unique honeycomb crease technique, which creates strong and durable designs. Molo’s work is even featured in MoMA’s permanent collection, and now they are focusing their efforts on creating temporary solutions for disaster […]
Formally trained as a painter, Joris Kuipers dresses up blank spaces with layers of picture planes that tumble into and away from each other, like delicate, flighty mobile sculptures. Are they marvelous? Well, yes they are.
Brian Castleforte is a independent artist, creative director, motion graphics designer, and animator based in Los Angeles and the founder of NicePaperToys, the first papertoy social network. For anyone who hasn’t heard of papertoys, think of it as a mash-up of origami and designer toys, a viral Internet art movement that used to be limited to […]
Jeremiah Johnson had a crazy idea to get back at all the credit card companies that began flooding his mailbox with applications. He’d just finished college, had no money, and no inclination to sign up for a dozen credit cards. Originally, he planned to make a statement against it all by signing up for every […]
Milan-made Ogami notebooks are 100% tree-free notebooks. Made from a revolutionary process of creating smooth and durable paper from limestone and ecological resins, these notebooks will change the way we think about paper and the environment.