Ethereal treasure Once upon a time, paper was so precious that it had almost mystic significance. The traditional Japanese art of paper folding, Origami, with its filigree structures and figures, documents the elementary importance of this material. The airvase concept moves away from today’s surfeit of paper and restores to it a new and fascinating value. The principle behind the manufacture of airvase is the use of a sheet of paper to create a container with a few simple hand movements. The user turns into the designer: the starting point is a round sheet of paper with slits. By carefully pulling this sheet of paper, the mesh develops into a “vase” which enfolds air. Although it is formally referred to as a “vase”, it is possible to adapt the basic form to an endless variety of shapes with a myriad of uses. The airvase can be used for storing odds and ends, or as a vase; but it can also be used as packaging for wine bottles. The airvase is the result of a project which explored the potential uses of processed paper. Based on an architectural approach, the airvase is the result of the idea of cutting paper in such a way that it produces a three-dimensional mesh structure. The space between each slit is such that it allows for the creation of the elegant form of a typical vase. Depending on the viewing angle, the colours of airvase change. It attracts attention as every side of the paper brings new facets to the fore.

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