Umn Design creates concrete stationery based on folded paper

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This collection of concrete stationery by Chinese studio Umn Design is based on the geometric shapes made by folding paper (+ slideshow).

Concrete stationery by Umndesign
Umn Design's concrete stationery collection include bookends

The V-pleats collection includes a bookend, a tape dispenser, a storage tray and a set of pen-holders, all of which reference the pointed shapes created by folding paper.

Concrete stationery by Umndesign
The collection references forms created by pleated paper, including the V-tapeholder shaped like a pair of triangles

The V-vase containers come in a set of four, each a different height, and feature arrow-shaped openings that allow them to slot into one another.



The V-tapeholder comprises a pair of triangles. The roll of tape is held at the centre of the smaller shape, and attaches to a taller triangle that is used to tear off sections of tape.

Concrete stationery by Umndesign
Four V-vase containers for storing pens can be slotted together in a line

The triangular forms are repeated in the bookends, which also feature a zigzagging surface that gives owners room to store pens and pencils.

Concrete stationery by Umndesign
Shallow trays have V-pleats along their sides so that they can slide horizontally against each other

A similar pleated shape is also formed by stacking the V-pleats trays, which have pointed rims that can be slotted into one another. The salvers come as a pair, and include a rectangular and square tray.

Concrete stationery by Umndesign
The trays come in a pair and have a zigzag profile

Umn Design was founded in 2015. The V-pleats series is its first venture into stationery, although the studio has also designed furniture and a pair of clocks – including a table clock that's also made from concrete.

Concrete stationery by Umndesign
Bookends with ridged faces can also hold pencils

Taiwanese designer Yen-Wen Tseng also used the material for a range of bright blue stationery, which was made using cylindrical forms. London designer Magnus Petterson also used concrete to create a set of hand-cast desk accessories including a pen pot and tape dispenser.

Concrete stationery by Umndesign

Other stationery ranges launched recently include wooden accessories based on Russian architectural landmarks, a set of alternative pencil designs, and a collection made from volcanic rock.