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Functional Origami
 
         
 
Functional origami is the design and realisation of paperfolds which are intended to serve a practical purpose around the home or in the work-place. The most useful functional designs, of course, end up as Everyday Origami.

Functional designs may be single sheet, multiple sheet or modular.

Most of the examples of functional origami designs shown below are my own. Classic active play origami designs by other paperfolders will be added to this page as and when time allows.

 
 
 
  3x3 Box   S191   1987   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Boredom Box - created by the addition of strengtheners to the traditional Magazine Cover Box.   M073   2005   Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8 // Diagrams are available on the Designs of Unknown Origin page of this site.
 
  Bowl no 2   S093   1987   Diagrams not yet available.
                 
  Bowl no 4   S094   1987   BOM 130 June 1988 - drawing and review only
                 
  Bowl no 5   S171       Diagrams not yet available.
                 
  Bowl on Legs - from the windmill base.   S174       On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Curvy Bowl - bowl with curved sides and rim from 3x3 grid.   S094   1987   Origami You Can Use - Rick Beech and Rikki Donachie - Dover Publications - 10-0-486-47057-1 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Delta Frame - simple photograph frame from A4 or similar rectangle using the photo as a template.   S126       BOS Convention Pack Autumn 1999 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Enigma Bowl - octagonal bowl from the Enigma Base.   S097   1988   Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // Le Pli 113-114 - Mai 2009 // Rencontres de Mai 2009 - MFPP // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Floral Giftbox   M021   1987   Origami - Barnes and Noble - ISBN 0-7607-3331-7 where the base is called Nichola's Box // As the Gift Box in Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8 // On-line diagrams are available on the Multiple Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Nichola's Box - base of the Floral Gift Box.   M021   1987   Origami - Barnes and Noble - ISBN 0-7607-3331-7 where the base is called Nichola's Box // As the Gift Box in Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8
 
  Oyster Gift Box   S111   1999   On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Paper Clip - a way of using a small square to join several larger sheets together at one corner.   S091   1991   BOS Convention Pack Autumn 1991
 
  Permanent Bookmark   S106       Diagrams not yet available.