Pentagonal box by Tomoko Fusè

This delicate modular box is one of my favorites. It is the first model from Tomoko Fusè that I folded, it made me fall in love with her designs, and this love just keeps growing every time I get a new book by her (she’s the origami artist I own the most books by, at least half a dozen). Unfortunately, I do not own the book it is in, I don’t even know which one it is – if someone knows, I’d be glad to add the information, and probably buy the book too :) I only have this diagram from a file on my computer, a scan from a book in English, but not clear enough to read the title.

You can see the Dahlia I published previously together with the box, they’re made in the same paper and well assorted :)

I have no pictures here, but I usually fold a variation I made with the pretty star pattern on the external side of the lid.

It is folded from 10 sheets of 7.5 cm Tant paper (5 for the lid and 5 for the bottom).

Crystal by Vicente Palacios (?)

This model can be found in “Origami from around the world”, by Vicente Palacios. It has no attribution, so I don’t know if it’s from him, if it’s traditionnal, or just not attributed (if someone knows, I’ll be glad to correct this).

I really love this simple geometric form. It’s folded from 2 sheets of paper (not square, but 1:13), cut in two. I made it in a few different papers, I’ll take photos of others at some point.

The folding is easy (but needs to be very precise for a neat result). The assembly is a bit tricky the first time, requiring to be delicate until a point while holding the 4 modules, and then shove the last bit inside roughly to lock it.

I like the play between empty and full, you can actually see to the center of the form and each protuding 3-sided pyramid has an empty 4-sided one on each side. It’s simple and elegant. You could hang them for decoration, but I just keep them laying around – they’re sturdy and make funny play balls.

The paper is two sheets of japanese washi Chiyogami  of 15cm, cut to size (see on amazon).

The I-Ching Wheel, by Michael G. LaFosse


This model is by Michael G. LaFosse, I got it in a Geometric Origami Kit offered by my sister (the models are mostly good, but the paper texture is bad and creases leave white marks). Each module is quite easy to fold, the assembly is straightforward too, but I find it really hypnotizing to fold – I’ve made it many times :)


It reminds me of chidren water wheels that I’ve always been fond of.


There are other pretty models in the kit, but I have no photos of them yet, so maybe in another article :)


The papers of the pictured wheels are 15cm and 7,5 cm squares.