Designed by Min-chul Kim, Sang-in Lee and Seung-wook Jeong of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., The Origami is a 100% Recyclable Personal Mono Laser Printer that was designed for the Eco-conscious. Its exterior is made of 100 percent recycled paper. In addition, at the end of the printer’s life, its materials can be recycled to produce more paper for printing.
“Printers usually have a complex structure, so much so that they are regarded as a machine rather than an electronic product. They also are composed of a large number of plastic components and pieces that are brought together to create a solid complicated structure, including the complex hinged structure of the exterior cover. Because of the large number of pieces and components, printers are often regarded as a product that can’t have a simple surface. This required complexity results in increased unit costs, an inefficient production structure with a complex manufacturing process, and negative effects on the environment.” — IDSA
The design team sought to rethink the parameters of normal printers and in doing so created the exterior out of recycled paper while still ensuring the high level of durability found in traditional plastic printers. They satisfied these needs by combining the material characteristics of cardboard with an origami-based assembly method. Designers adopted a paper-folding approach where different elements come together structurally to ensure outstanding durability. The created a design that breaks away from the complicated hinge structure of traditional desktop printers while still offering amazing printer functionality. They were also recognized by the 2013 International Design Excellence Awards as job well done.