Origami: Coffee


Coffee, designed by Wang Shuo

A lot of origami paper is colored on the front, and white on the back, so you can make patterns by carefully exposing the front and back.  I’m vaguely aware of a subdiscipline within origami all about making shapes just with color change.  But I have very little experience with it, and don’t understand any of the design principles!  As far as I’m concerned, it’s basically magic.  Perhaps one day I’ll give a shot at designing something like this.

The instructions for this model are available on CFC.

I feel compelled to mention that I am not a coffee drinker.  I drink tea.


  1. jenorafeuer says

    John Montroll had a book called Origami Inside-Out, which was all figures that made use of both sides of a sheet of paper, from a blue jay, to a tiger, to the most complicated design in the book: a chessboard table, with all 64 squares. Yes, I’ve actually managed to fold it.

    (I don’t have the book with me at the moment, but I seem to recall the final length of the sides of the tabletop was 2/9 the length of the sides of the original sheet of paper. Yes, the sheet had to be divided into equal ninths early in the process.)

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