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|Single-Sheet Geometric Ornaments and Decorations|
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of single-sheet geometric ornaments and
decorations. 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.
Le Kiosque Japonais
As far as I know this design first appeared in 'La Nature' during the 2nd Half of 1931(I do not know the date or issue no) in an article by Alber headed 'Pliage de Papiers' and subheaded 'Le Kiosque Japonais'.
The design also appears in Booklet 4 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.
A design called 'Kiosco japonÚs' appears in Booklet 3 of 'Figuras de Papel', a series of 3 booklets published by B Bauza in Barcelona in 1932. I have not seen an illustration from the booklet but in view of the connection between this series of booklets and 'Images a Plier' it is almost certainly the same design.
La Banqueta y La Estrella
A design called 'La banqueta y la estrella' appears in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.
'El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940 contains a number of single-sheet geometric designs:
Repisa Rinconera (Corner Shelf) - Made from a blintzed square with the aid of a cut.
Poligonos Resurgidos (Raised Polygons) - A more complex version of the Repisa Rinconera above.
Bandeja o Bombonera Octagonal con Resurgido Interior (Octagonal Tray or Bonbonniere with Raised Interior) - Developed from an 8x8 grid using cuts
Cofre Japonais (Japanese Chest)
'At Home Tonight' by Herbert McKay, which was published by Oxford University Press in London, New York and Toronto in 1940, contains diagrams for six geonetric ornaments of various kinds:
(From the waterbomb base)
(From the waterbomb base. Note that this ornament has a flat base on which it will stand)
(from the preliminary fold)