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The Sofa / Organ / Piano / Chair
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the paperfolded designs known as the Sofa / Organ / Piano and Chair.. 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

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


In Western Europe / USA

As far as I know the Sofa first appears in the historical record in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was probably first published by E. Steiger and Company in New York in 1882.


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


The design also appears, as 'El Sofa' in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.


The Chair - 1939

A second version, based on divisions into thirds so that the two halves of the House overlap, appears in the same book as 'La silla' (The Chair).


Diagrams for both the Sofa and the Chair also appear as 'Meubles Plegados' (Folded Furniture) 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.