Masko spiky origami masks for shop window
mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

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These spiky masks folded from paper by 3Gatti Architecture Studio are designed for customising mannequins in retail displays (+ slideshow).

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

"This project is born form the increasing demand in the retail world of eye-catching mannequins for the windows display," 3Gatti founder Francesco Gatti said. "Customising the entire mannequin becomes too expensive if you have to follow the increasing speed of the window display concept transformations, so we thought of a low-cost paper mask to temporarily make your mannequin literally a cutting-edge peace of design."

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

The Masko masks are folded from sections of white paper and attached together using tabs.

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

Simplified 3D models found in computer games were used as a reference for the faceted forms.

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

"The translation of this into reality of course has to pass through the art of paper folding and origami," said Gatti. "In this particular case using white parchment all cut and folded by machines. The result is aggressively edgy."

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

Triangular and trapezium-shaped sections vary in size and density across the surfaces to create the combinations of protruding shapes.

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

Some of the pieces have extreme spikes extending from the front and back, especially noticeable when viewed from the side, while others designs are flatter and symmetrical.

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

The masks will first be used on mannequins at a store that 3Gatti Architecture Studio are designing in Chongqing, China.

Here's the information sent to us by the designers:


Masko - Mannequins masks design set

This project is born form the increasing demand in the retail world of eye-catching mannequins for the windows display.

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

Customising the entire mannequin become too expensive if have to follow the increasing speed of the window display concepts transformations; so we thought of a low cost paper masks to temporary make your mannequins literally a cutting-edge peace of design.

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

The concept behind this design comes from our contemporary life, usually in big metropolis where often you don't see the people faces because of the anti-pollution masks or simply because we live more isolated from the real bodies and the real life and more and more in virtual worlds such as video games where you see the other always wearing a virtual mask.

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

From the video games world comes the inspiration of a polygonal mask, using the same language of the simplified 3D models usually used in the virtual environments to make higher performances in the graphics acceleration.

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

The translation of this into reality of course has to pass through the art of paper folding and origami, in this particular case using white parchment all cut and folded by machines. The result is aggressively edgy.

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

Masko credits:

Design firm: 3GATTI
Chief designer: Francesco Gatti
Project designer: Bogdan Chipara

Origami masks for mannequins by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

  • sam

    Wow. We are in the future.

  • shino

    Polygonal genetic revolution!

  • dirk

    They look like animals in a video game zoo.

  • Nick

    As far as I can tell, they’ve created the shapes in Sketchup and then converted them using the Pepakura programme (which is also free). Anyone wanting to make cheap and quick faceted paper models should definitely give Pepakura a look, it’s great.

    • Grapes

      I think it was Rhino then Unrollsrf command. But who cares.

  • Alice Ross

    Wow, those mannequins look very unique! This just goes to show the evolution of the things that we have now. They really look like those that we see on video games and I see it very fun looking. This can be a good head turner window display mannequins.

  • thehuey

    Really? We take an old modelling technique and put it on our faces and call it the future? I left my hat on the table today, I must be time travelling.