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The Corner Cabinet / The Shelf (L'Etagere)
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami designs known as the Corner Cabinet and the Shelf. 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.

The Corner Cabinet


It is possible that the design called 'La garde-robe' in 'Manuel Pratique de Jardins D'Enfants de Friedrich Froebel', which was compiled by J F Jacobs and published in Brussells and Paris in 1859, is the Corner Cabinet, since it appears in the list of designs in a similar position as the Corner Cabinet does in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers'.



The Corner Cabinet appears as 'Het hoekkastje' (the corner cupboard) in 'De Kleine Papierwerkers 1: Wat men van een stukje papier al maken kan: Het vouwen' (The Small Paperwork 1: What one can make from a piece of paper: Folding) by Elise Van Calcar, which was published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863. It is developed from the Cigar Case by bringing out one end and then interlocking the two sets of arms.



The design also appears in 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873.



The Corner Cabinet is pictured, but not named, in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding', which was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896.



A version of the Corner Cabinet appears in Lois Bates' 'Kindergarten Guide', which was first published by Longmans, Green and Co in London in 1897.


The Shelf


As far as I know the Shelf first appears as 'L'Etagere' in Booklet 1 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.


The design also appears:


As 'La repisa para juguetes' (The shelf for toys) in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.



As 'Repisa de Dos Mensulas' (Two Bracket Shelf) 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.