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Cubes 

Many of the modules for
these cubes can be reconfigured to make silverhedra which
will show similar patterns on their faces. 

Basic
Cubes 



Name: The Unconventional
Cube  a stable cube made from modules
created in just three folds and assembled in an
irregular way. Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 6 modules from squares using standard
folding geometry. Modules identical to those of
the 3Fold Paul Jackson Cube.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2009.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Simplex
Cube Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 24 Lshaped Simplex modules from
squares using standard folding geometry. Cubes
made from larger numbers of modules are also
possible.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1989.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.



Sonobe
Cube variations 



Name: Sonobe
Eccentric Flash Motif Cubes Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules in three sets
of different designs using standard folding
geometry. This set of modules can be combined to
create three symmetric cubes and fourteen
different eccentric cubes (cubes in which no two
faces are of identical pattern).
Designer /
Date: Decorative Sonobe module variation by
Kunihiko Kasahara, c1980s. Module set and
eccentric cubes by David Mitchell, 1989.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Skew
Sonobe Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 Skew Sonobe modules
from squares using the natural folding geometry
of the 2x1 rectangle.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1990.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Decorative
Skew Sonobe Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 Decorative Skew
Sonobe modules from squares using the natural
folding geometry of the 2x1 rectangle.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1990.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Mondrian
Cube Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 12 Mondrian modules (assymetric
cornerpocket Sonobe modules) from squares using
standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1995.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Cockeyed
Cube Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 8 Mondrian modules (assymetric
cornerpocket Sonobe modules) in two sets of four
of different proportions combined with four
standard Cornerpocket Sonobe modules. All from
squares using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2017.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Broken
Star Cube Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 12 Decorative Skew Sonobe modules from
squares using the natural folding geometry of the
2x1 rectangle.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1990.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.



Paul
Jackson Cube variations 



Name: The
Centre Stripe Cube  a
decorative variation of the Paul Jackson Cube. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1989.
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: OffCentre Stripe
Cubes  Variously patterned cubes
assembled from the same set of six assymetric
modules. Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 6 modules from squares using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001
Reference:
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Diagrams:
nline diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: Iso Cubes 
Variously patterned cubes assembled from the same
set of six assymetric modules. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
In Building with Butterflies (2nd Edition) 
Water Trade  ISBN 978953477470.





Name: The Chequerboard Cube 
a decorative variation of the Paul
Jackson Cube. Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 6 modules from squares using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1989.
Diagrams:
In Building with Butterflies (2nd Edition) 
Water Trade  ISBN 978953477470.





Name: Single Diagonal Stripe
Cubes  variations of the Paul Jackson
Cube that can be assembled from the same set of
modules. Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 6 modules from squares using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
In Building with Butterflies (2nd Edition) 
Water Trade  ISBN 978953477470.





Name: Double Diagonal Stripe
Cubes  variations of the Paul Jackson
Cube that can be assembled from the same set of
compound modules. Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 6 compound modules, each from two
squares using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
In Building with Butterflies (2nd Edition) 
Water Trade  ISBN 978953477470.





Name: Yin Yang Cubes
 variations of the Paul Jackson Cube that can
both be assembled from the same set of modules. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
In Building with Butterflies (2nd Edition) 
Water Trade  ISBN 978953477470.



Letterbox
Cube variations 



Name: The Letterbox Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1987.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Letterbox
alpha 12part Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 12 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1987.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Letterbox
beta 12part Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 12 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1987.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Letterbox
24part Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 24 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1987.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Letterbox
Diagonal Diablo Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Letterbox
Double Rotor Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 Double Rotor
Letterbox modules from squares using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Letterbox
Tiled Diablo Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 12 Double Rotor
Letterbox modules from squares using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Letterbox
Tiled Double Rotor Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 24 Double Rotor
Letterbox modules from squares using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Antithesis
Cubes  cubes which can be reassembled
as their antithesis without reconfiguring the
modules. Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 6 modules from squares using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The The
Multicube  two regular cubes, an
eccentric cube and other unusual cubes all from
the same set of modules. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 12 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Phoenix
Cube Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 2 sets of 3 mirrorimage triangle
letterbox modules from squares using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.



Darwin
Cube variations 



Name: The Darwin Cube 
cube with four concealed flaps which can be
brought into view individually and configured to
create contrast patterns. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Darwin
Cyclone Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Darwin
Diablo Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Darwin
Double Flash Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Darwin
Eccentric Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Darwin
Eccentric Flash Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Darwin
Lightning Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Darwin
Darwin Triple Motif Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Darwin
Yin Yang Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.



Other
Patterned Cubes 



Name: The TwoFold
Cube  a stable cube made from modules
created in just two folds. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 24 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1995.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The SemiSonobe
Cube Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 12 modules from 2x1 rectangles using
standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2013.
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: Maverick
Motley Cubes Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry. Maverick Motley
designs are made by combining Maverick modules
with Sonobe alpha and beta modules.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2015.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Belted
Cube Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 5 modules, three of one kind and 2 of
another, from squares using standard folding
geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2015.
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: The Banded
Cube Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 6 modules from symmetric, asymmetric or
doubly assymetric banded modules folded from
various paper shapes.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001. Tomoko Fuse and
Francis Ow have produced similar designs.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Diagonally
Banded Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 12 modules from
symmetric, asymmetric or doubly assymetric banded
modules folded from various paper shapes.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Doubly
Banded Cube aka the Packing Case
Cube Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 24 modules from symmetric, asymmetric
or doubly assymetric banded modules folded from
various paper shapes.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Twisted
Square Cube Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1989. Subsequently, in
October 1990, Francis Ow sent me a copy of his
privately published book on Modular Origami which
also contains diagrams for this cube under the
title Cube 3. I do not know which of us has
priority.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Broken
Square Cube  a variation of the Photo
Frame Cube. Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 6 modules from squares using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The Whirlpool
Cube Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 12 modules from squares using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.



Novelty
Cubes 



Name: Pinwheel
Cubes  a series of 2part modular cubes
which become progressively more challenging to
assemble as more of the wings are folded away
inside the cube. Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 2 modules from squares using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1999.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: The
Yakkosan Cube is a version of
the Playing Card Cube in which each face has been
filled with a Yakkosan insert. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: Each Yakkosam is folded
from a square using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2018.
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.



