Jun Mitani has mastered of one of the most common materials of of the everyday office, paper. His work riffs on the traditional art of paper folding, that we all know as origami. However, he uses paper to explore larger ideas about how algorithms are used to depict 3-D shapes on computers.
His main occupation is as a professor of computer science at the University of Tsukuba and he has developed a software called, ORI-REVO that allows one to visualise the complex folding of 3-D origami.
Recently, he collaborated with Issey Miyake for his 132.5 Collection that won the fashion prize for the Design Museum’s 2012 awards, competing against Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge, Mary Katrantzou’s Ming vase and Faberge egg collection and the modular wood interior of exclusive fashion boutique LN-CC in Dalston. The garments expanded from two dimensional fabrics into three dimensional forms.
Mitani’s work is being incorporated into a variety of other industrial design projects such as baking bowls!
Creator’s Project: “Jun Mitani is a Paper Magician: Constructing Unbelievable Origami Forms”
Wired: Jun Mitani, computer aided origami from Creator’s Project
Jun Mitani’s Flickr photostream
Crumpled Up: A Tumblr on paper art
This gif was reblogged from dvdp:
Following Jun Mitani’s flickr photostream of his beautiful origami forms for a while. Check out his own design tool too. Here I found an interview.