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Paper Furniture
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of paper furniture. 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.

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'Manuel Pratique de Jardins D'Enfants de Friedrich Froebel' by J F Jacobs, which was published in Brussells and Paris in 1859 contains mention of two designs, 'La garde-robe' and 'Le compteur' which are probably pieces of furniture, Unfortunately, lacking illustrations, they cannot be identified with any certainty.

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The Table - 1859 onwards

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The Corner Cabinet - 1859 onwards

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The Bench and the Bench with Arms - 1863 onwards

'De Kleine Papierwerkers 1', which was written by Elise Van Calcar and published by K H Schadd in Amsterdam in 1863 contains pictures of two designs, 'De bank' which seems to be a version of the Bench, and 'Het swavelbakje' (the swivel tray) which looks like a lidded box. I have not able to find the lidded box design elsewhere.

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The Stand / The Crib / The Seat - 1873 onwards

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The Chair - 1876 onwards

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The Sofa - 1882 onwards

(Design developed from the House)

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The Bed - 1887 onwards

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1931

A design for a table made from a windmill base appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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1936

Another 'Table' appears in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.

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The Chair - 1939 onwards

'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939, contains a design for a chair which is an adaptation of the Sofa.

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The same book also contains a multiple-piece design for 'La cama' (The Bed).

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1948

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, the Cross is developed into a simple Footstall and Chair.

Footstall

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Chair

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The same book also contains diagrams for a much more sophisticated table and for a Three Piece Living Room Set consisting of a Sofa and a Single Sofa.

Table

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Three Piece Living Room Set

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1965

The 1965 Rupert Annual contains instructions for folding 'Rupert's Paper Model of a Fireside Seat''

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1966

The 1966 Rupert Annual contains instructions for folding 'Sara's Dolls-House Furniture'.

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