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Designs Derived from the House
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of designs derived from the House. 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.

In Japan

In his article 'History of Origami in the East and the West before Interfusion', published in 'Origami 5: Fifth International Meeting of Origami, Science, Mathematics and Education' in 2011, Koshiro Hatori asserts that, ''Many of the European origami models contained in Krause-Boelte's book (ie 'The Kindergarten Guide') are not included in contemporary Japanese records. The pig, house, sofa (also known as piano or organ), balloon (waterbomb), arrow (paper plane), salt cellar (cootie catcher), bird (pajarita or cocotte) and windmill ... were all born in Europe and imported into Japan along with the kindergarten system.'

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The Piano appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda which was published in 1931.

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In Western Europe / USA

The House - 1882 onwards

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The Sofa - 1882 onwards

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The Country House - 1907

This design is mentioned in an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in the January 1907 issue of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna' which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando under the names of 'Tienda de campana' (tent) and 'casito de campo' (country house). No illustration of this design is given and the instructions in the text are not clear enough to enable me to reproduce the design.

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The Painter's Hat - 1907 onwards

This design first appears as 'Al gorro ruso' (the Russian cap) in an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in the January 1907 issue of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna' which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando. No illustration of the design is given but the design can be reproduced from the text.

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The same design appears as 'Gorro de Pintor' (Painter's Hat) in 'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940.

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The Curate's Hat - 1907 onwards

This design first appears as 'Bonete' (Cap) in an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in the January 1907 issue of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna' which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando. I am not convinced that this hat is actually wearable.

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The same design also appears as 'El bonete del cura' (The Curate's Hat) in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.

 

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The design also appears as 'Birrete de Obispo' (Bishop's Cap) in 'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940.

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The Chair - 1939 onwards

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The Italian Soldier's Hat - 1939

This hat, 'El gorro del soldado italiano', is made from a version of the House developed from an oblong rather than a square. It appears in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.

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The Dustpan - 1948

A 'Dust Pan' made from the House appears in 'The Art of Chinese Paper folding for Young and Old' by Maying Soong, which was published by Harcourt Brace and Company of New York in 1948.

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Papel y Sobre - 1951

The extended version of 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1951, contains a design for a letterfold titled 'Papel y Sobre' (Paper and Envelope)

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