Folded Surfaces

Both in the field of design and architecture origami is often taken as a reference for its kinetic proprieties and its elegant appearance. Dynamic facades, fast deployment structures, temporary shelters, portable furniture, retractile roofs…

Origami Simulation Grasshopper3d Tutorial

Origami Simulation

In this ParaCourse Premium lesson, we are going to model an origami fold from scratch without using any plugins. first, we are going to model the folding in rhino and then convert it into grasshopper parametric folding.



Benchwall by Molo Studio, is a flexible, paper or textile bench with a tall backrest that acts as both acoustic space partition and seating. It is a modern furniture concept which can stretch into straight, high backed seating or sweep into a spontaneous circular meeting room.

Metal Origami

Metal Origami

Metal origami by studiodror utilizes the Industrial Origami folding technology to form solid QuaDror blocks out of metal sheets. This piece manifests QuaDror strength and efficiency with the use of a single sheet of light material folded into singular, high load-bearing assemblies

Sculptural, Sound Absorbing Forms

Sound Absorbing Forms

Designed by Austrian design firm 13&9 Design, BuzziPleat is the latest sound absorbing option added to the BuzziSpace catalog of smart, modern acoustic solutions. The lightweight, large-scale forms are sculptural in nature.

Faceted Pendant Lights

Faceted Pendant Lights

Overall this light by Allison Patrick from Zipper8Design measures approximately 12 inches, but what really makes it unique is the construction method.

Paper Folding

Paper Folding

Matthew Shlian works within the increasingly nebulous space between art and engineering. As a paper engineer, Shlian’s work is rooted in print media, book arts, and commercial design.

Fold It Up modular installation

Fold It Up

Fold It Up! by King Kong Design was thought as a modular installation composed of interchangeable elements made from flat sheets of material. Each of the modular elements was folded to shape and joined with paper clips.

Flatworm Grasshopper3d Plugin for generating rigidly foldable quadrilateral meshes RFQM and Miura Ori fold


Flatworm by jakobl is a GHPython implementation of the pure-python module for generating ‘rigidly foldable quadrilateral meshes’ (RFQM) in Grasshopper. Flatworm provides basic means of generating Miura Ori fold pattern as well.

An Algorithm of Rigid Foldable Tessellation Origami to Adapt to Free-Form Surfaces

Origami Tessellation

This research by Hong-Cing Tung and Pei-Hsien Hsu is to compile an algorithm for creating origami forms with developability and flat-foldability on the target surface by generating a Miura-ori tessellation from the geometric of the target surface.

UNDULATUS: design and fabrication of a self-interlocking modular shell structure based on curved-line folding

Modular Shell Structure

Curved-line folding is the act of folding a flat sheet of material along a curved crease pattern in order to create a three-dimensional shape. The pavilion presented in this paper by Stijn Brancart et al. integrates this principle in a kit-of-parts system.

Folding Spacer Chair

Spacer Chair

A soft and open mesh fabric turns into a spacious chair by a synthesis of constructive folding and hardening. Inspired by the carpet production process, Studio Samira Boon designed the chair based on the same principles.

Snapping Facade Kinetic Architecture

Snapping Facade

Snapping Façade by Dioinno Architecture PLLC explores a sustainable building envelope design strategy that utilizes elastic instability to create dynamic motion at the building envelope.

Rigid foldable Origami structures: parametric modelling with Grasshopper

Rigid Foldable Origami

The purpose of this paper by Giulia Curletto is to provide a guideline to design Origami structures using parametric methodology and to describe drawing and structural analysis steps applied to two specific cases: Waterbomb and Yoshimura Origami.

The Use of Simulation for Creating Folding Structures

Folding Structures

In this article by Asli Agirbas which presents a particular course, it was intended that all stages should be experienced, from the modeling in the virtual environment to the digital fabrication.

ColorFolds Parametric Design


As part of two NSF funded projects in the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell University, eSkin and KATS, ColorFolds is one product of ongoing trans-disciplinary research spanning across the fields of cell biology, materials science, physics, electrical and systems engineering, and architecture.

Self-Deploying Origami

Self-Deploying Origami

This study by Kazuya Saito, Akira Tsukahara and Yoji Okabe presents a new method for designing self-deploying origami using the geometrically misaligned creases. In this method, some facets are replaced by ‘holes’ such that the systems become a 1-d.f. mechanism.

Paper Folding

Paper Folding

With his first folding tests, Mitch Lorberau mostly worked with printers and physical cuts, in lieu of constructing the grasshopper definition side by side, and limited experience with laser cutting. The pattern was based around a strip module which he replicated and offset to form a larger pattern.

Origami & Kirigami

Origami & Kirigami

In this article the authors, Sebastien J.P.Callens and Amir A.Zadpoor review recent origami and kirigami techniques that can be used for this purpose, discuss their underlying mechanisms, and create physical models to demonstrate and compare their feasibility.

Origami & Kirigami

Origami & Kirigami

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. One uncut square of paper can, in the hands of an origami artist, be folded into a bird, a frog, a sailboat, or a Japanese samurai helmet beetle. Origami can be extraordinarily complicated and intricate.