I just discovered Yuko Nishimura, an artist (with an architecture background) who creates the most stunning works of modern origami and folded paper. In her words,
Japanese people unconsciously experience the action of folding on a daily basis, and therefore encounter various folded forms. I think there must be a special meaning for Japanese people through this everyday practice, folding. A particular charm occurs in the simplicity with which the expression appears having never been touched by any tool.
Love the combination of hard and soft, old and new, concrete and abstract, simple and complex.