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February 23, 2008

Folded Paper Furniture for Kids

Foldschool paper furniture

Want some fun furniture for your kids to play on? Try making these folded paper pieces: a stool, a chair, and a rocker. Designed by Swiss architect Nicola Enrico Staubli, these simple yet sturdy items can be constructed from corrugated cardboard (preferably recycled) and decorated with paints, crayons, or collage elements. You can download the patterns for free from Staubli’s Foldschool web site: http://foldschool.com/_objects/objects_stool/objects_stool.html

February 22, 2008

Pop-Up Book Watch

Fergi\'s new pop-up book music video \

Pop-up books have been making appearances in a range of new media situations lately, from ads to TV shows to music videos. Here are a few engaging examples:

Fergie’s new music video “Clumsy” is an amazing combination of pop-ups, animation, and live action. Watch it on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnBcIN1PExk

The Lexus may not be the car for everyone, but you’ve got to appreciate the ingenuity behind their pop-up book commercial. Here’s the link for viewing. And if you’re interested in a behind-the-scenes look at how the commercial was made, check out this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyrTCqdVG-8

Finally, The ABC TV show “Pushing Daisies” recently featured a paper engineer character in the episode titled “The Smell of Success.” To view the episode, go to the ABC web site, scroll down to the “Pushing Daisies” series, then find “The Smell of Success” episode. (You might have to load ABC’s player program, which just takes a few minutes.)

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