Robert J. Lang
About Robert J. Lang
Robert J. Lang has been an avid student of origami for some forty years and is now recognised as one of the world's leading masters of the art, with over 500 designs catalogued and diagrammed. He is noted for designs of great detail and realism, and includes in his repertoire some of the most complex origami designs ever created. His work combines aspects of the Western school of mathematical origami design with the Eastern emphasis upon line and form to yield models that are at once distinctive, elegant and challenging to fold.
Dr. Lang was the first Westerner invited to address the Nippon (Japan) Origami Association's annual meeting (in 1992) and has been an invited guest at international origami conventions around the world. He is one of the pioneers of the cross-disciplinary marriage of origami with mathematics and has presented several refereed technical papers on origami mathematics at mathematical and computer science professional meetings. Dr. Lang has consulted on applications of origami to engineering problems including medical devices, air-bag design and expandable space telescopes. He is the author or co-author of eight books and numerous articles on origami and is a regular lecturer on the connections between origami, mathematics, science and technology.
Robert donated a design for Deckchair Dreams in 2007. He told us:
My favorite origami subjects are drawn from nature, quite often, from the nature around where I live. Here the finches dart through the bushes, mob the feeder, cower when a Cooper's hawk flies overhead, but generally live a delightful life. In this origami figure, I tried to capture both the soft roundness of their body and the delicacy of their legs and beak. This is not the easiest origami figure to fold, but the results to the successful folders are well worth the effort!"
Robert's limited edition deckchair design is available to purchase from our online shop. All proceeds help support the Royal Parks.