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Despite its ubiquitous association with Japan, origami’s history is shrouded in mystery. Some say the paper-folding techniques were imported from ancient China, while others insist they were invented in Japan. Whatever its heritage, by the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868), Japanese origami had become a popular pastime of the masses, and has since spread around the world.

This month, “On: Design” looks at a few contemporary goods inspired by the aesthetics and compatibility of the time-honored paper-folding craft.

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