Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


Cardboard Modelling / Cartonnage
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of cardboard modelling / cartonnage in which pieces of card are folded and assembled, sometimes with the use of glue and sometimes using interlocking tabs. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.


Cut and Fold Polyhedral Nets - 1509 onwards


'La Science Pratique' by Gaston Tissandier, which was published by G Masson in Paris in 1889, contains a design for a Cartonnage Silveroctahedron, under the name 'Ballon fait sans rognure avec un carre de papier ou d'etoffe' (Balloon made without offcuts from a sheet of paper or cloth), which is made in two parts which then need to be glued or sewn together.