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Makoto Orisaki and the Or-Ita Cardboard Exhibition

Or-Ita is a revolutionary new tool used for sculpting cardboard. It performs an incredibly simple function – perforation – that transforms an incredibly dull material (cardboard) into one that can be freely bent and sculpted as if it were origami. It was invented by self-described “Inter Design Artist” Makoto Orisaki.

To celebrate the invention of this device (it’s not every day that such a simple yet high-demand tool gets newly invented, says the curator Eizo Okada) 6 designers have come on board to create works to experiment with, and demonstrate the capabilities of, this new tool. The show, which just opened over the weekend at CLASKA, is part of Design Tide Tokyo.

work by Ryuji Nakamura | click images to enlarge

work by Hisakazu Shimizu

work by Makoto Orisaki

work by Mitsuru Koga

work by Mike Abelson of POSTALCO

work by Yo Oe

If you aren’t familiar with the name, Makoto Orisaki has worked, domestically, with Kenya Hara, and for Philip Stark, who invited him abroad. He also spent a year with UK retailer Habitat and is a force to be reckoned with in the design scene in Japan. Some of his exemplary works include Line Works, Pallet File, and Inter_Box.

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1 Johnny { 11.01.10 at 9:52 pm }

The designer has created 555 or-ita cardboard cutters that he is selling directly through his website. If you would like to buy one you must leave a comment on his blog and he will contact you with details.

Step 1: http://iwl.seesaa.net/article/140709758.html

Step 2: scroll down to the bottom where you will see a comment form.

Step 3: Line 1 is your name; Line 2 is your email; Line 3 is your website; and the last box is for comments

Step 4: Submit the comment by clicking on the bottom left button

Just leave a comment below and we will complete the form for you. Don’t worry – you won’t be under any obligation to buy it!

2 Admin { 11.02.10 at 11:42 am }

Picked up on Selectism: http://bit.ly/dgqxkr

3 Victoria { 11.04.10 at 1:44 am }

What to do??? The site isn’t in english… =(

4 Johnny { 11.04.10 at 9:30 am }

Victoria – I took the liberty of completing the form for you. I hope you don’t mind! Don’t worry, you are under no obligation to make the purchase. I requested that you receive instructions in English ;-)

5 Mimi Law { 11.05.10 at 1:21 am }

Please complete the form for me as well. I would like to buy an or-ita cutter. Thanks.

6 Johnny { 11.05.10 at 8:11 am }

Mimi – your form has been completed!

7 Hanna Reischl { 11.11.10 at 11:54 am }

hi, i would love to buy an or-ita!

8 Johnny { 11.11.10 at 2:36 pm }

Hanna – your form has been completed!