Fung + Bedford – Sonsai (Presence)



Tyvek, stainless steel wire, plastic tunings

300 x 50 x 50 cm


Fung + Bedford (F+B) is the multi-disciplinary studio of Angela Fung and Ashley Bedford. Together, they are renowned for their bespoke, origami-inspired installations and wall art which immerse the viewer in a space of quiet contemplation.

Made by hand with exquisite skill and machine scored for ultimate precision, F+B’s structures clad walls and ceilings, are free hanging, or wind across spaces, bringing beauty, calm and serenity. Settings have included homes, galleries (Saatchi Gallery), museums (CODA, Netherlands), offices (McKinsey) and everything in between.

F+B came about origami via grief: Angela was researching origami when her father passed away. Mindfully folding long panels of paper became her therapy and ‘Architectural Origami’ was born. Angela’s background is as an award-winning jeweller and concert pianist, and Ashley is trained in architecture and silversmithing: the combination of architectural experience, jewellers’ fine eye and origami folding techniques has led to their abstract yet modern approach. They and those who have encountered their work feel the benefit of the mindful folding energy emitted via the artists’ hands – “Unfold the Moment”.

Previously self-taught in origami, Angela was awarded a QEST Winch Design Scholarship in 2022 to further hone her skills by studying advanced origami techniques with master craftsman Ilan Garibi, bookbinding techniques with Nadine Verner, and undertaking courses in Rhino 3D to enable the development of her designs. F+B’s work has previously been shortlisted for the Concord Art Prize and continues to gain momentum with commissions and opportunities unfolding across the globe.

We are delighted that Fung + Bedford were shortlisted for the Brookfield Properties Craft Award for their architectural origami represented by QEST at Collect 2024. The award, created in partnership with the Crafts Council, is considered the leading contemporary craft prizes in the UK, recognising an artist and their gallery who have demonstrated vision, talent, achievement and contributed to craft practice in the UK.

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