Origami is an ancient and fascinating artform, first created after Chinese monks brought paper over to Japan in the sixth century. Though its origins are religious in nature, origami was already considered a source of fun for the general public by the start of the Edo period (1603 – 1868). In Europe, paper-folding traditions began when the Moors brought their own custom of mathematically-precise folding to Spain during the 12th century. Since then, it has spread across the entire world and taken on a dazzling variety of unique forms.
Of course, not just anyone can be an origami master. Small, simple projects may be easy enough for children to create, but more complex figures require patience, precision, creativity, and mathematical knowledge (here’s where that high school geometry class could actually be really helpful!). But even if your fingers aren’t nimble enough to craft complex designs, there are all sorts of ways to try your hand at the artform.
“Moduuli” takes a beautiful geometric approach to paper folding. Conceieved of by the Polish-born, Barcelona-based designer and interior architect Kinga Kubowicz (King Kong Design), these customizable wall hangings are especially refreshing because of their modular twist. Find it too hard to come up with your own designs? Moduuli offers pre-folded art pieces made from high-quality Canson paper in the form of “removable wallpaper.” If you just love the way it looks, you can order one of these wall hangings fully assembled. However, the designer also gives you the option of receiving them in modular form, putting the challenge of assembling them entirely on you. To top it all off, these modules also come in a variety of shapes and colors.
The company says: “We like working with our hands as much as we love what our machines can do. At King Kong Design, traditional manual techniques go hand in hand with the latest digital technology. We combine 2D and 3D design with digital manufactur[ing] to produce objects in a variety of design fields, mainly architecture, furniture, and lighting. We are very interested in participatory design. Many of our products are participatory in nature — we like finding ways of involving the customer in the design process.”
“Every King Kong Design product starts with an original design, the result of a creative process based on traditional cutting and folding techniques,” they add. “We then manually prototype the design and, if we’re happy with it, we produce it on a small scale. And this is where you come in: if you like our products too and decide to buy one, we will send it to you disassembled, with a little guide to putting it together at home. The last step in completing the creative process is up to you. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!”
King Kong’s Etsy shop offers a range of designs, from smalls square panels to oversized mandalas. The company also offers a selection of origami-inspired paper accessories like lampshades and pencil cups. Want different colors or shapes than what’s listed online? All you have to do is request a custom order to get the wall art of your dreams.