Month: September 2006

Richard Sweeney wins New Designer’s DKNY Award!

Congratulations go to Richard Sweeney for winning the New Designer’s 2006 DKNY Award. Prize: £1,000 and showcase in DKNY London flagship store Judges citation: “Beautifully hand crafted structures with multiple installation possibilities.” Winner’s comment: “I work very hands on with the material and that’s the basis of my work. I like to make beautiful forms which is my main drive.” cited from You can see more of Richard’s work on his Flickr photostream: This is a great thing for Richard- I’m very pleased to see him getting more recognition and I hope this exposure brings him even more good fortune down the road. His work is absolutely brilliant and inspiring; I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. Good work, Richard!

TACHI Tomohiro’s 3D Origami Teapot

TACHI Tomohiro makes the most amazing origami renditions of daily objects- a laptop, a twin lens reflex camera, and now a teapot. This is an absolutely astounding work. Follow the link to see his CP for this- it’s unreal. Wow! UPDATE: Check out another wonderful picture of this on Brian Chan’s flickr photo stream:

Iso-area offset triangle twist

Iso-area offset triangle twist PDF

Playing around with different angles, came up with this interesting modification on an old favorite. It’s iso-area, has several layers to it (in a Joel Cooper-esque way, to me) and is a bit different than anything I’ve folded before. There’s something unique in the way that you can manipulate pleats to get extra layers of paper moving around in there. This is a new area of exploration for me. Would look good, no doubt, from elephant hide. I’ll give it a try once my latest order shows up. For the curious, I put up a fancy crease pattern document in PDF format available for download from my website. Tessellation, done with an interesting methodology

tess57c Originally uploaded by ckn.niwatori. This tessellation is quite fascinating, for several reasons, which I hope I can elucidate here. First, here’s the underlying tessellation- a semiregular tessellation. (Image used from Totally Tessellated, which is a site well worth visiting if you like tessellations.) Normally (for me, anyhow) folding a tessellation requires using quite a bit of paper to flesh out all the pleats, intersections, and other parts; so necessarily, one must use a piece of precreased paper with quite a few division in it to really do the pattern justice. The real beauty of the way this design has been folded lies in the use of elements on both sides of the paper; so the pleats coming away from the open-backed offset hexagonal twists on the back turn into the pleats leading into the triangular twists on the front, with a minimum of wasted space. Joel Cooper uses this technique very often, in his “flagstone” style tessellation patterns. While this design does not pack the twisted polygons as close together as Joel …