I was recently commissioned to fold 160 origami models for a series of four-course dinners in New York City held by Moët Hennessy. Each course was paired with a specific Moët Hennessy wine or spirit and an origami design.
The commissioned origami pieces were to be folded from specialty papers that matched the Moët Hennessy wines and spirits that were served with each course. First course: Flowers (designed by Evan Zodl) folded from vibrant patterned paper to match the La Grande Dame bottle. Second course: Fish (designed by Riccardo Foschi) and folded with his permission from chalky white, textured paper to match the Ruinart bottle. Third course: Hour glasses folded from black, textured paper to match the Dom Perignon bottle. Fourth course: Music notes folded from dark cherry red paper with gold specks to match the Krug bottle.
I was given a week to fold all 160 models. I started off by visiting a local paper shop and selected papers to best match the look and feel of each bottle. After making my paper selections, I backcoated several of the thinner papers and cut everything to size. Then it was time to start folding. Above is an in-progress photo of the forty fish folded for the second course. Each fish was folded from Thai paper with Tamarind Leaves.
After folding all 160 models and creating placecards for the event, I packaged everything up and sent it on its way to New York City. Below are a few photos from the event a few days later. Event photos by Olia Mirra.