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The Stand / The Crib / The Seat
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design known as the Stand and its related designs. 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.


As far as I know the Stand and its related designs the Crib and the Seat first appear in 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873. They are all derived from pleated rectangles.

Bank / The Stand


Kasten / The Basic Box


Krippe (crib) / The Crib

(Made by placing the Basic Box onto a more decorative version of the Stand)


Sopha / The Seat

(Made by placing the base of the Crib on top of the Stand)