Auto upholstery shops will need to brush up on their origami before repairing Lexus’ new flagship sedan, thanks to what the automaker calls “Takumi Craftsmanship.”
The 2018 Lexus LS features origami fabric pleating, a process that took four years to develop. Origami, of course, is the Japanese art of folding paper into unique and complex designs.
Auto news site CarList explains: “Created by applying the time-honored skills of Origami paper folding, the draped pleating of the door panels combines traditional art with advanced manufacturing technologies, translating into a feature which showcases the timeless appeal of Japanese craftsmanship and also the artistic side of Lexus.”
However, words don’t do this delicate process justice. You have to see it for yourself…
Chief Designer Koichi Suga explained the inspiration behind the new pleats: “As a Japanese luxury brand, we wanted to integrate elements of Japanese culture and the timeless appeal of Japanese craftsmanship to express the artistic side of Lexus.”