The purpose of this tent is to ”relax and revive the senses”. Visitors to this tent will be invited to relax in a cozy atmosphere that delivers a nostalgic feeling and a sense of security. Through the act of creating the tent, and from the sound and smell of the paper, adults will find themselves recalling their childhood days. The tent will also revive one’s aesthetic sense.


Origami is a traditional art form with which all Japanese are familiar. It is a common form of children’s play, usually taught by parents and friends. Repetition of the delicate folding patterns creates countless unique shapes. This tent concept was inspired by Origami. The visual surprise when a plain sheet of paper becomes a three-dimensional form through simple manipulation, the tactile sense of folding the paper, the smell and sound experienced inside the erected tent – all of these play upon the typical Japanese person’s senses.


The other reason for creating this tent was the designer’s reaction to TV news coverage of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, showing the distress and uncertainty of people in the shelters. She was struck by the ”cardboard walls” dividing the temporary shelter space to provide evacuees with some privacy protection.


It occurred to her that by adding one simple action, the cardboard could be turned into a tent that would brighten people’s hearts. Hence, the Origami-inspired tent construction. She hoped to help people get through the crisis with design that was intrinsic to Japanese senses.


Lexus Design Award