Origami Installation for Plinth

Foldability is currently working on ‘Refraction,' an immersive origami installation for Plinth, made using over 200 folded paper panels. In total, the space will include over 52,000 hand folded lines. Visitors will be encouraged to view the space through kaleidoscopes, discovering new shapes and combinations of geometric lines, shapes and shadows. Layer upon layer of origami will be growing up the walls and slinking across the ceiling, creating an array of detailed patterns. ‘Refraction' aims to take the viewer on a playful geometric journey, emerging from the space with a smile. Please see below a sneak preview of work in progress. Also on display will be works from Raw Edges, Jacques Nimki and Fishbar collective.

Plinth, 10a Thurloe Place (opposite the V&A), South Kensington, London SW7 2RZ

16th September - 23rd October 2016

Origami Installation London for Plinth
Origami Installation London for Plinth
Origami Installation London for Plinth

Origami Window Display for Desso

Foldability has been commissioned to design an installation for the Desso showroom during Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 to celebrate their award winning Transitions Collection. The installation illustrates the story of the pleating process and how fabric transitions into a 3D structure using a paper pattern. There will be a number of events in the showroom throughout Clerkenwell Design Week, including an origami workshop from 2 - 3pm on Thursday 26th May. Please come along to see the space from the 24 - 26 May at Desso, 23 - 25 Great Sutton Street, London, EC1V 0DN. For a full press release, please get in touch here.

Photography by Ross Fraser McLean.

paper window display origami art
paper window display origami art
Paper window display origami art pleating
Paper window display origami art

Plinth Pop-up Gallery

Foldability is taking part in a new pop-up gallery run by Plinth in collaboration with Ikon gallery. The space will display a carefully curated selection of products and limited editions by leading contemporary artists. Pieces by David Shrigley, Cornelia Parker, Beatriz Milhazes, Richard Deacon, Richard Wilson and Ding Yi will feature, and proceeds from the sale of these limited editions will support Ikon’s 50th Anniversary Investment Fund.

Plinth have transformed a listed Georgian house which dates back to 1710, situated directly across the road from the British Museum. The building spans over four floors and has lots of interesting nooks and crannies to explore. In the court yard gallery there will be talks by leading artists and the space features a collection of Foldability Leah pendant lights.

The Plinth pop-up gallery opens this Friday 12th February until 19th March, Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm at 44 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3PA.

Images of the space can be seen below and you can find out more about Plinth here: http://plinth.uk.com

Plinth pop-up gallery ikon gallery
liquid koan
plinth pop-up gallery

Set Design for ELLE Decoration

Foldability collaborated with ELLE Decoration to create the set design for the cover of their December issue. Two variations of the design were made, one in lighter tones and one with a darker theme and interior setting. In total, 70 snowflakes were made and each one was folded by hand using a luxurious pearlescent paper from Fedrigoni. The ELLE logo was also made entirely from paper and laid out very precisely by hand. Please find below some behind the scenes images from the shoot along with videos of the cover being made. Art Direction by Tony Peters and photography by Nick Rochowski. The snowflake designs are now available to buy as Christmas Decorations from our shop.

Elle decoration december issue 2015
Elle decoration december issue 2015
Elle decoration logo paper art
Paper art and set design for elle decoration
Paper art and set design
Elle decoration logo paper art
Set design behind the scenes for elle decoration
Elle decoration logo set design

Origami Textile Design

Foldability was recently invited to Germany by a company who manufacture textiles globally for the automotive industry. I was asked to present research and exploration into folding and examples of how it can be applied within textile design. Behind the scenes I've been working a lot on folding experiments, researching and testing different materials and production techniques. See below some images I took of folded fabric at the pleating factory. If you are interested in using geometry or folding within a project and would like to find out more about Foldability's design consultancy service, please get in touch.

Pleated folded origami fabric textiles 1
Pleated folded origami fabric textiles 3
Pleated folded origami fabric textiles 4

Foldability Launches in the USA

I am delighted to be working with Ameico, a US distributor who are launching the Petra and Maya Pendant at NY Now in New York. They represent some great design brands including &Tradition, Santa & Cole and Punkt. If you're based in the US and interested in stocking these products please get in touch with Ameico or visit them at NY Now at Accent on Design, booth #4020. The products will also be on show in May at ICFF in New York.

Origami lampshade launches ICFF New York USA

Peek Inside the Foldability Studio

Foldability origami studio London

Foldability was recently featured in a video about the New Creative Markets Programme, an organisation who offer advice and support to London based artists and designers. Every 6 months they take in a new group of people who are offered workshops and 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with industry professionals and advisors. They've recently brought out a video to promote what they do which includes a little peek inside my studio. The film can be seen here.

Grand Designs Live Australia

The Sonobe Collection is being showcased in Australia! The origami lighting designs will be featured in the Tech Box space at Grand Designs Live Melbourne from the 17 - 19 October and in Sydney from the 24 - 26 October. The Petra pendant has also been selected by Kevin McCloud to be featured in the Green Heroes space at Grand Designs Live at the NEC in Birmingham from the 9 - 12 October 2014. Below is a little paragraph that Kevin wrote about the products and some pictures from the show.

Origami Lighting at Grand designs live 1
Kyla McCallum meets Kevin McCloud
Origami Lighting at Grand designs live 2
Kyla McCallum meets Kevin McCloud 2

John Lewis Campaign

Origami lampshade chloe pendant John lewis

The Chloe pendant that I designed for the the 150th anniversary of John Lewis is up on the London underground! The design has featured in a nationwide campaign called 'The Edit' which is very exciting. Very surreal to pull up to a tube stop and see my design on a billboard! To see more about this design take a look at the project for John Lewis here.

Foldability on Domus

Pleating origami collection on domus web

The new Equi Collection has been featured online by Domus. The article tells a little bit about the thought process behind the new collection, the metallic fabrics used and my collaboration with the pleating manufacturer. The article can be read here.

Perforated Paper Experiments

This month, Foldability has been working with Protopaper to develop concepts and folding ideas. Currently, it is only available in white but they have kindly let me test a range of colours using paper from Fedrigoni. It's a very exciting method as it allows me to fold things very quickly and precisely. Some images of my ongoing experiments can be found below.

Origami art design protopaper 1
Origami artwork design protopaper 2
Paper colours by Fedrigoni and protopaper
Origami art design folded with protopaper

John Lewis Glasgow

Kyla McCallum Chloe pendant John Lewis

Foldability is en route to Glasgow! Tomorrow I will be at John Lewis on Buchanan Street, from 12 - 5pm, doing a demonstration of how the Chloe Pendant is made. The design is one of a range of products made exclusively for the 150th anniversary of John Lewis and was launched alongside a range of products from iconic brands and designers such as Vitra, Ercol, Anglepoise and Ciara O'Neill.

If you are based in Glasgow and would like to learn a bit more about how my designs are made, or would just like to say hello, please pop by the store tomorrow.

John Lewis
Buchanan Street
Glasgow, G1 2GF

31 May 2014 12 - 5pm