Orishiki Spectacle Case by Naoki Kawamoto


Orishiki Spectacle Case by Naoki Kawamoto

Tokyo 2010: Japanese designer Naoki Kawamoto presented this flat-pack spectacle case at DesignTide Tokyo 2010 earlier this month.

Orishiki Spectacle Case by Naoki Kawamoto

Called Orishiki Spectacle Case, the object is part of Kawamoto's graduate project inspired by origami and furoshiki, a large Japanese traditional cloth.

Orishiki Spectacle Case by Naoki Kawamoto

A single piece made up of magnetic triangular segments is folded to form the three-dimensional object.

Orishiki Spectacle Case by Naoki Kawamoto

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Orishiki Spectacle Case by Naoki Kawamoto

Here's a bit more information from the designer:

"Orishiki" is a hybrid word composed of "Ori", taken f rom Origami, Japanese paper-folding art, and "Shiki" taken f rom Furoshiki, Japanese traditional wrapping cloth which is large enough to wrap and transport goods and gifts, as well as wearing them as scarves. "ORISHIKI" is a new carrying device consisting of a single piece of two dimensional structure, constructed of triangular segments which can be folded like origami, and can wrap things like furoshiki. The geometric bag is not only idiosyncratic in its appearance but also in its highly speacialized production process. The unique process can be applied to just about any productions without losing its unique product identity.

Origami "folding-Ori-" and wrapping cloth "sock-shiki-", and represents a way how to "formula-Shiki-" encapsulation of "ORISHIKI". Origami-like folds, a single structure consisting of triangular segments, but wraps things like apple sauce, a new kind of bag systems serve as luggage. Bag was closed geometrically, as well as a structurally unique, its manufacturing method is also special. Therefore, while keeping its own brand identity, product development was possible variety.

See also:


Beigefoldedshoe by
Marloes ten Bhömer
.ORI sto by
Jakub Piotr Kalinowski
Origami Stair by
Bell Phillips

Posted on Saturday November 13th 2010 at 12:23 am by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • rjc
  • nice design and great silhouette but it would be labor intensive to open and fold it back (in comparison with the easy one step regular glasses case)

    • Felix

      the 'labour' would be a fun part of using the object to some

      and when the case is not being used it folds flat which would be useful for storage

      I'd be slightly worried the magnets weren't enough to keep the case together and so your expensive glasses could be squashed if you sat on the case. but maybe the orientation of the pieces keeps it strong

      it also looks kind of small, you could fit slim rectangular glasses in there but what about large aviator sunglasses and the like?

  • angry catalan

    It is nice, and being flat-pack is an advantage, but the point of furoshiki is flexibility. You can tie a furoshiki in countless ways, while this is only a case for your glasses. Furoshiki is also something very simple (an oversized handkerchief), while this is maybe a bit too complicated for something so simple. Although being completely flat is very convenient for production, transportation and storage.

    However the article seems to imply the actual design is a production process which lets you produce flat surfaces composed of hinged triangles, not just this particular example… who knows.

  • Ingenious. I only hope that this would survive a sitting-crush test, seems like it might.