Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

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Pattern Forming Puzzles
 
In pattern forming puzzles the object is to fold a piece of paper, usually irogami, paper which is white one side and a single plain colour on the other, to reproduce a specified target pattern.

An individual puzzle may specify conditions such as how many sheets of paper may be used, that both the starting shape and the finished pattern must be of particular shapes, that the pattern should appear on just one side or on both sides of the paper, or that the pattern should be produced using the minimum number of folds.

Double-sided pattern puzzles are not necessarily harder to solve than single-sided ones.

It is worth mentioning here that not all patterns yield good puzzles. A good paperfolding puzzle should have a solution that is not immediately obvious, but is equally not beyond the reach of paperfolders who apply their fingers and imaginations to solving the challenge in a focused way. Ideally, there should be that 'Ah, yes ...' moment when the solution suddenly appears, and seems thereafter to have been obvious from the beginning.

 
Single Sheet, Single-sided, Square to Square, Minimalist Pattern Forming Puzzles
 
  Name: Chevrons - single sheet, single-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Corner - single sheet, single-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Double Rotor - single sheet, single-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Flash - single sheet, single-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Modus - single sheet, single-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Phoenix - single sheet, single-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Twister - single sheet, single-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1998.

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Window - single sheet, single-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Zigzag - single sheet, single-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
Single Sheet, Double-sided, Square to Square, Minimalist Pattern Forming Puzzles
 
  Name: Chequerboard - single sheet, double-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Double Corner - single sheet, double-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Double K - single sheet, double-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Harlequin - single sheet, double-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: Janus - single sheet, double-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1998

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-0-X // Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
  Name: K - single sheet, double-sided, square to square, minimalist pattern puzzle.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2010

Diagrams: Paperfolding Puzzles (2nd Edition) - David Mitchell - Water Trade - ISBN 978-0-9534774-5-6

 
Single Sheet, Double-sided, Negative Image, Square to Square, Minimalist Pattern Forming Puzzles