At first glance, an origami cube might not seem as appealing as an origami rose or an origami elephant. But this origami cube, –known as Mondrian Cube, has a quiet elegance and a precise mathematical beauty that make it as much an object of artistic expression, as it is a challenging puzzle looking to be solved.
The Mondrian Cube is a creation of David Mitchell (UK), a brilliant designer of modular and geometric origami.
The look of the Mondrian Cube suggests the grid-based rectangular forms of paintings by the twentieth-century Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian. The colors that Mondrian used in his iconic paintings were mainly primary colors (red, blue, yellow) in combination with with black and white.
The origami cube can be made with these five colors –or any other color combination depending on your preference, but for your first attempts I suggest using only three colors.
This twelve-unit cube is an excellent example of modular origami. The unit is very easy to fold but assembling the model might be challenging. Don’t despair! Take it slowly, persist gently, and you’ll surely have success in making this model.
The following step-by-step video shows how to make David Mitchell’s Mondrian cube. Thank you David for granting permission to present your model in Origami Spirit.
Tips and suggestions for making the Mondrian Cube
- In the video, the cube is demonstrated using office paper. Any paper of similar thickness is ideal for making this cube.
- A good size paper to make the modules is 4 × 4-inch (10 × 10 cm).
- Twelve pieces of paper are needed to make this cube.
- When first learning to assemble the cube use three sets of four squares. Each set of four should be the same color.
- To achieve a “true” Mondrian effect the cube can be made with five colors (red, blue, yellow, black and white).
- Use more than three colors to make the cube only when you have practiced making a few cubes of just three colors.
- In the video you’ll see tips on how to make the cube using more than three colors.
- Each finished module shows only one side of the paper. It is not necessary to use paper with a different color on each side.
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