"Drawing inspiration from a foldable yurt I’d made a few years before, we built massive, kinetic origami mushrooms."
Joerg Student

Designing for Burning Man: the Shrumen Lumen

The Inspiration Two years ago, I worked with a team of IDEOers and IDEO alumni to create an interactive art installation for Burning Man that we dubbed Blumen Lumen. Drawing inspiration from a foldable yurt I’d made for the art festival a few years before, we built massive, kinetic origami flowers that responded to their […]

"And then you’ll see that the flowers are discovering you as well..."
Joerg Student

Botanical Engineering

When I moved to the Bay Area to join IDEO, I had never even heard of Burning Man. But once I got here, it came up almost every time I showed someone my Ha-Ori shelter, a collapsible origami structure I designed and built while studying at the Royal College of Art in London.