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Surprise Denouement Designs
 
Surprise denouement designs are designs in which the folding sequence is so arranged, or so arranges itself, that the subject of the design is not obvious until the end of the sequence is reached. The surprise denouement may be the result of a final revealing fold, a collapse or simply turning over a design which has been folded face down.

I am very fond of designs of this kind, though they are hard to create. They emphasise the importance of the folding sequence without de-emphasising the importance of the final result. They are also a useful antidote to the idea, unfortunately increasingly common at origami conventions, that you should know the subject of a design before the teaching of it commences.

See-through designs, which are a type of surprise denouement design, are not included here since they deserve a page all to themselves. Many double-image designs also fall into this category. They too have a page of their own.

Any single-sheet 1-fold design is, of course, also necessarily a surprise denouement design.

 
 
 
  Name: Alien - pictorial surprise denouement design.

Paper shape / type: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1997

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // // Sticky Note Origami - Collins & Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-84340-227-0 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Beach Brolly - minimalist design with surprise denouement.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1991

Diagrams: Diagrams not yet available.

 
  Name: David's Star - Star of David collapsed from 3D tessellation folded from bronze rectangle.

Paper type / shape: Bronze rectangle / Homogeneous paper

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2004

Diagrams: The Paper Issue 91 2005/ 3 - Origami USA // Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // Photos in Le Pli 113-114 - Mai 2009 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Hybrid Elephant - hybrid development of 3-fold elephant.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // As Pink Elephant in Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Indian Country - pictorial landscape.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2006

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6

 
  Name: Kite - a minimalist pictorial surprise denouement design.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2014

Diagrams: On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Nefertiti - a minimalist pictorial surprise denouement design.

Paper type / shape: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2011.

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3

 
  Name: Sailboard - minimalist seascape and surprise denouement design..

Paper shape / type: Square / Irogami.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1993

Diagrams: Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3