A project run by Lexus to produce a full size cardboard IS.
Embracing the spirit of Lexus’ global brand campaign, ‘Creating Amazing’, the manufacturer has stunned the automotive world by producing the first ever origami car – and it works.
The project was inspired by the skilled individuals on the Lexus production lines, known as takumi. To perfect their dexterity skills, they fold paper into an origami model cat, using only their non-dominant hand.
Taking this concept and thinking big, Lexus produced a full scale cardboard replica that took three months to build, using digitally-rendered slices of cardboard glued together. Featuring a fully-fitted interior, functioning doors, headlights and rolling wheels, it’s a perfect, version of the IS saloon; with a steel and aluminium frame, complete with an electric motor, it can actually be driven.
Two London-based companies worked together to build the origami car, LaserCut Works and Scales and Models, both with extensive experience in the design and creation of prototypes, architectural models and bespoke commissions.
1,700 sheets of 10mm-thick cardboard were used in total, supplied by DS Smith. Glue took 10 minutes to set after each application – and accuracy was vital, as changes couldn’t be made once the glue had dried. To aid the hand-assembly, each layer had its own reference number for the build sequence.
Sales and Models Company founder and director, Ruben Marcos, explained ‘This was a very demanding job, with five people involved in the digital design, modelling, laser cutting and assembly. Just like Lexus, we were committed to producing the best possible quality.’
What else will the ‘Creating Amazing’ campaign bring to the world? We shall have to wait and see what Lexus has in store.