Classic Tessellations


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A classic tessellation is a model which uses a tessellated pattern as its main subject (meaning the tessellation is not used just in an auxiliary role such as creating scales on an animal model).

This page lists models of a single type. You might be interested in folding instructions instead.
Bible

Bible

After a book with a face on the cover (called Biography), I designed a book with a Maltese Cross on the cover (aptly called Bible). This model’s design is ba...

Maltese Cross Tessellation II

Maltese Cross Tessellation II

Another approach to the subject of Maltese Cross. The molecule can be tessellated or used on a box as in this picture (I haven’t folded a multi-molecule tess...

Composition of Squares II

Composition of Squares II

This model is based on Square Pixel Tessellation, and is closely related to my earlier Composition of Squares I.

Box with Woven Triangles VII

Box with Woven Triangles VII

In this variant, the triangles are located in a deeper layer of paper, as if peeking through an opening in a wall.

Box with Woven Triangles VI

Box with Woven Triangles VI

After a break, I’m back to presenting variants of molecules from the Woven Triangles tessellation series. Again, it’s a single tessellation molecule used to ...

Crowding Butterflies

Crowding Butterflies

This model is just a tessellation of Crossed Box Pleats: the back side which you see here is the Crowding Butterflies model by Shuzo Fujimoto. You can notice...

Clematis Tessellation

Clematis Tessellation

My idea behind this tessellation was designing something easy to learn for beginners but at the same to make it reasonably well looking. The models I have us...

Woven Triangles Tessellation V

Woven Triangles Tessellation V

Woven Triangles Tessellation V, folded from Elephant Hide paper. 32×32 grid for the whole model, 8×8 per molecule.

Pythagorean Tiling with 3:2 ratio

Pythagorean Tiling with 3:2 ratio

This model is the same as the first Pythagorean Tiling variant I folded, but the side length ratio of big squares to small squares is 3:2 instead of 2:1. As ...

2021

2021

This model took me longer than I expected, but better late than never, so: happy New Year 2021! This model uses a new tessellation molecule of mine which I h...

Woven Triangles Tessellation IV

Woven Triangles Tessellation IV

Woven Triangles Tessellation IV — this is the only variant in the series so far which uses a 10×10 grid per molecule rather than just 8×8.

Whirlwind Box

Whirlwind Box

This box is decorated with Whirlwind molecule which can also be used for a tessellation. Its design is closely related to my Woven Triangles family, but I ga...

Woven Triangles Tessellation III (Asymmetric)

Woven Triangles Tessellation III (Asymmetric)

Third work in the Woven Triangles series. Just like number I, number III has a pleat arrangement which allows for two distinct molecule layouts: the asymmetr...

Biography

Biography

This origami book features a portrait on the front cover, so I called it Biography. The structure of the book is basically the same as in my Long Story Short...

Woven Triangles Tessellation II

Woven Triangles Tessellation II

Just like all other models in the series, this origami tessellation is derived from Rectangle and Square Flagstone by applying squash folds in the right plac...

Allegro IPO

Allegro IPO

Yesterday, my employer, Allegro, went public in what was Poland’s largest IPO so far and Europe’s largest this year. Hopefully, the charts continue growing a...

Woven Triangles Tessellation I (Asymmetric)

Woven Triangles Tessellation I (Asymmetric)

This model uses the same molecule as the symmetric version but all molecules have the same chirality. This causes each row and each column to be shifted by t...

Woven Triangles Tessellation I (Symmetric)

Woven Triangles Tessellation I (Symmetric)

This is the first model in my Woven Triangles series which you’ve already seen some examples of on boxes. This tessellation is derived from Rectangle and Squ...

Rectangle and Square Flagstone

Rectangle and Square Flagstone

This origami tessellation is built from the same kind of molecule as Pythagorean Tiling but molecules are arranged differently: in any pair of adjacent neigh...

Pythagorean Tiling

Pythagorean Tiling

The pattern this origami tessellation represents is known as Pythagorean Tiling or Two Squares Tessellation. I came up with this design independently, but it...

Triangles (32×32 grid)

Triangles (32×32 grid)

Triangles, folded from 32×32 grid. Since the molecule is 8×6 grid units, this leaves one grid unit of margin at the top and at the bottom of the model. You c...

Book with Diamond on Cover

Book with Diamond on Cover

Recently, I gave an Origami Connect workshop on my origami book model Long Story Short. Preparing for the workshop motivated me to revisit an idea which I ha...

Box with Woven Triangles IV

Box with Woven Triangles IV

This origami box is decorated with a tessellation molecule from the Woven Triangle family. In contrast to Woven Triangles I, II and III, Woven Triangles IV m...

Box with Woven Triangles III

Box with Woven Triangles III

This is the third tessellation pattern in Woven Triangle family, and it looks good as a single molecule on a box as well.

Box with Woven Triangles XIII

Box with Woven Triangles XIII

Naming this box, the first in the Woven Triangles family, was a little misunderstanding. I originally labeled it number I since it was the first to be publis...

Box with Arrangement of Rectangles

Box with Arrangement of Rectangles

Recently, I came up with a family of patterns which result from placing four modified twists around the corners of a rectangle or square. Some variations are...

Triangles (16×16 grid)

Triangles (16×16 grid)

This origami tessellation is derived from my earlier Parallelograms Tessellation. By piecing together two symmetric “halves” of a parallelogram, we end up wi...

Parallelograms

Parallelograms

This is an older design I finally got some time to make a decent fold of. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen something very similar or identical to a single molecule ...

Stars among Hexagons

Stars among Hexagons

This origami tessellation is based on a geometric pattern I spotted on a door in the Barcelona Cathedral during my trip back from CfC 2 convention. A design ...

Onion Tessellation

Onion Tessellation

The base for this tessellation is identical to one of the intermediate steps of folding Lucky Star Tessellation and seems to be something Tomek Siwak also ca...

Two-in-One Flower Tessellation

Two-in-One Flower Tessellation

A recent fold of my Two-in-One Flower Tessellation. Even though there is only one kind of molecule in this model, depending on which point you treat as the f...

Growth 1.1

Growth 1.1

I recently stumbled upon an older model of mine, Growth Tessellation, in one of my boxes, and I decided to rework it a little. I added just a few touches whi...

Composition of Squares I

Composition of Squares I

This model is based on a simple technique which I used also in Growth and Square Pixel Tessellation models. Other interesting arrangements, with more or less...

Greek Cross Flagstone Tessellation

Greek Cross Flagstone Tessellation

This origami tessellation was inspired by a pavement pattern I noticed some time ago in my home city of Lublin, Poland, at the old cemetery and in the open-a...

Radioactive Tessellation II

Radioactive Tessellation II

This model is derived from my Radioactive Tessellation by adding a triangular frame around the radioactivity symbol. This change also makes it possible to sh...

Epiphany IV

Epiphany IV

This rendition of the Star of Bethlehem is based on the same general idea as Epiphany III, but made to better resemble an actual comet. It features a double ...

Two Hearts Framed

Two Hearts Framed

I designed this model as a wedding gift, starting out from my Framed Heart model.

Radioactive Tessellation I

Radioactive Tessellation I

A recent design of mine, this tessellation is relatively simple to fold, but the end result looks quite interesting. On the back side, I used some modified t...

Woven Parallelograms Tessellation

Woven Parallelograms Tessellation

I derived this design from my older Double Spearhead Tessellation. The name comes from the pattern on the front side.

Box with Decorated Maltese Cross

Box with Decorated Maltese Cross

Box with a heavily stylized Maltese Cross. The molecule can be tessellated or used on a box as in this picture. This design uses my Flagstone Paneling techni...

Star of David Tessellation II

Star of David Tessellation II

This tessellation is derived from Lucky Star Tessellation, but due to the different arrangement of paper layers, this one can’t be fractalized. The outline o...

Heart Tessellation II

Heart Tessellation II

This model uses an improved version of my Broken Heart Molecule. I call this version simply Heart Tessellation II / Molecule (II because of a Heart Tessellat...

Framed Heart

Framed Heart

This model uses an improved version of my Broken Heart Molecule. I call this version simply Heart Tessellation II / Molecule.

Box with Maltese Cross II

Box with Maltese Cross II

Another approach to the subject of Maltese Cross. The molecule can be tessellated or used on a box as in this picture. This design uses my Flagstone Paneling...

Box with Maltese Cross I

Box with Maltese Cross I

An origami box featuring the heraldic Maltese Cross. The molecule is based on the one used in Maltese Cross Framed and a slight variation of the one used in ...

Box with Cross Pattee IV

Box with Cross Pattee IV

An origami box featuring the heraldic Cross Pattee. This model uses my Flagstone Paneling technique in order to achieve a completely clean space around the m...

Box with Cross Pattee III

Box with Cross Pattee III

An origami box featuring the heraldic Cross Pattee. This model uses my Flagstone Paneling technique in order to achieve a completely clean space around the m...

Box with Cross Pattee II

Box with Cross Pattee II

An origami box featuring the heraldic Cross Pattee. This model uses my Flagstone Paneling technique in order to achieve a completely clean space around the m...

Box with Cross Pattee I

Box with Cross Pattee I

An origami box featuring the heraldic Cross Pattee.I used the same molecule in Cross Pattee Tessellation, and just as the tessellation, the box also uses my ...

Braided Pinwheel Tessellation

Braided Pinwheel Tessellation

This tessellation comes in two molecule variants. Despite being a kind of twist, molecules can be made to turn left or right independent of each other, i.e. ...

Simple Woven Rhombi Box

Simple Woven Rhombi Box

A simple origami box, based on my Woven Rhombi Tessellation. Folded from a sheet of unique paper with a subtle floral motif, whose name I do not know.

John Lackland Tessellation

John Lackland Tessellation

I derived this model from Her Majesty’s Tessellation by removing most of the free spaces (“land”) between molecules. Each molecule is still 6×6 grid units. F...

Lucky Star Tessellation

Lucky Star Tessellation

This is a tessellation of the molecule which I first used in Lucky Star Box and which I later extended into Lucky Star Fractal. As I learned after the fact, ...

Dodecagons

Dodecagons

In this tessellation, I used the same technique of doubling the number of a polygon’s sides as in Sad Octagons, this time making dodecagons from hexagons.

Still Life with Epiphany III

Still Life with Epiphany III

Another attempt at folding the subject of Star of Bethlehem, this time using the Lucky Star molecule (invented independently with Fujimoto, Haligami and many...

Unripe Sunflower Tessellation

Unripe Sunflower Tessellation

This is a modification of my Sunflower Tessellation. The molecules (“sunflower seeds”) are flatter and the petals are shorter. The back side is also more int...

Twist Again Tessellation

Twist Again Tessellation

This origami tessellation combines elements from some of my other models. While reading Robert Lang’s tessellation book, I realized that many molecules can b...

Lucky Star Box (Simplified)

Lucky Star Box (Simplified)

This is a model I will be teaching in just two weeks at a workshop during the 2018 CDO origami convention in Italy. The star can be used as a tessellation mo...

Sunflower Tessellation (Refold)

Sunflower Tessellation (Refold)

It took me 1½ years before I decided to fold my Sunflower Tessellation once again, this time from rare yellow Elephant Hide paper. I think this is a better ...

Sad Octagons

Sad Octagons

This model uses a technique I came up with recently, which makes it possible to double the number of sides of any regular polygon when it is used as the cent...

Lucky Star Box

Lucky Star Box

Origami box with Lucky Star molecule. The molecule can be tessellated and is based on hexagonal 8×8×8 grid.

Flow

Flow

A tessellation derived from my other model, Woven Rhombi. 4×4 grid units per molecule, or 8×8 if you want to consider a complete hexagonal tile a molecule.

Double-Bottom Double Spearhead Tessellation

Double-Bottom Double Spearhead Tessellation

A modification of my earlier design, Double Spearhead Tessellation. Due to the double bottom with more paper layers, this model doesn’t look as nicely back-l...

Wedge Flower Box (hexagonal)

Wedge Flower Box (hexagonal)

A hexagonal variant of my Wedge Flower Box. Due to the different angles than in square grid, petals do not automatically align in a nice way, so they have to...

Box with Wedge Flower Variant

Box with Wedge Flower Variant

This box is decorated with a variant of my Wedge Flower molecule in which the central part is flat. Folded from Textured Paper from BOS Supplies.

Wedge Flower Box

Wedge Flower Box

Origami box decorated with a molecule of my Wedge Flower Tessellation. Folded from Via Felt 100 gsm paper stained with tea using a technique developed by my ...

Wedge Flower Tessellation

Wedge Flower Tessellation

A new tessellation design of mine, 8×8 square grid per molecule. Awagami Kozo Natural Select paper courtesy of Melina Hermsen. Since this was my first fold u...

Box with Star of David

Box with Star of David

A recent design of mine, a box with the Star of David, seen from the top. Folded from a single sheet of Tant paper without cuts or glue. The star can be tess...

Star Interlace Tessellation

Star Interlace Tessellation

This is a design derived from my Square Interlace Tessellation. A more precise name would be Pursed Square Interlace Tessellation but I found it too technica...

Latin Cross Tessellation

Latin Cross Tessellation

An origami tessellation for Good Friday. The basic structure of the Latin cross is based on Shuzo Fujimoto’s Hydrangea and could easily be modified to have d...

Her Majesty’s Tessellation (64×64)

Her Majesty’s Tessellation (64×64)

This is Her Majesty’s Tessellation (own design) folded from a 64×64 diagonally rotated grid. The spacing between molecules is less dense than in the 32×32 gr...

Dune Flower

Dune Flower

A different arrangement of the same molecule as in my Dune Tessellation. Some other arrangements are also possible with a bit of tweaking.

Happy 2018!

Happy 2018!

Happy New Year 2018! This is the first fold of my recent idea for making pixel tessellations, called Butterfly Pixel Tessellation. The molecule is basically ...

Dune Tessellation

Dune Tessellation

A new design of mine, Dune Tessellation (long slit variant).

Celtic Cross 1.1

Celtic Cross 1.1

An improved version of my Celtic Cross. Based on standing crosses found throughout the British Isles.

Her Majesty’s Tessellation

Her Majesty’s Tessellation

The same molecule as in Her Majesty’s Box, used for a tessellation. Diagonally rotated square grid, 32×32.

Her Majesty’s Box (gold Washi)

Her Majesty’s Box (gold Washi)

A box designed on my way back home from BOS50 convention (I had the idea for the molecule earlier, though). Folded from a sheet of gold-red Washi.

Her Majesty’s Box (WIP)

Her Majesty’s Box (WIP)

A new box, aptly named Her Majesty’s Box, taking shape on the train back from the 50th Anniversary Convention of British Origami Society. Both the convention...

Union Jack Tessellation

Union Jack Tessellation

This origami tessellation represents Union Jack, the flag of the UK. Since the pattern is quite intricate, even a single molecule can make an interesting mo...

Fragile Heart Tessellation

Fragile Heart Tessellation

This is a tessellation which represents a heart. The heart can be shaped to become a broken heart, which allows the model to be treated as action origami. Th...

Blazing Propellers Tessellation

Blazing Propellers Tessellation

A modification of my earlier Propellers Tessellation. The blazing propeller also resembles a whirlpool or a tropical cyclone. 14×14 grid per molecule, 48×48 ...

Broken Heart Box

Broken Heart Box

A box with a heart, which is also an action origami model. When things go wrong, the heart can be reshaped into a broken heart. The heart itself can be tesse...

Box with Ribbon Bow (diagonal)

Box with Ribbon Bow (diagonal)

A box with a ribbon bow, constructed using a molecule of my Sunflower Tessellation and with color change. This is a variant where the ribbon runs along the d...

Flower Tessellation

Flower Tessellation

Flower Tessellation, designed by Meenakshi Mukerji. The molecule is derived from the Crossed Box Pleat (CBP). I folded and photographed this model for Meenak...

Box with Ribbon Bow

Box with Ribbon Bow

Box with a ribbon bow, constructed using a molecule of my Sunflower Tessellation and with color change added to make the ribbon stand out better from the bac...

Stars and Squares (diagonal grid)

Stars and Squares (diagonal grid)

Folding Stars and Squares Tessellation from a diagonal grid (rotated 45°) leads to an interesting effect. At the edges, small triangles form, creating a jagg...

Stars and Squares (gift-wrapping paper)

Stars and Squares (gift-wrapping paper)

A back-lit picture of Stars and Squares Tessellation, invented independently by me and Shuzo Fujimoto. You can find a similar backlit picture of this model i...

Big and Small Squares

Big and Small Squares

While designing Scroll of time: 2017, I needed a widget which would allow me to have some square twists on one side of the paper and then to smoothly transit...

Hearts Tessellation

Hearts Tessellation

A quick tessellation of hearts. Molecule design is somewhat similar to Heart Tessellation by Haligami (Halina Rościszewska-Narloch).

Rhombic Pixel Tessellation

Rhombic Pixel Tessellation

This model is a modification of my Square Pixel Tessellation. I just scaled the CP in one direction and so pixels became rhombi.

Mini-Sunflower

Mini-Sunflower

This is a minimalistic version of my Sunflower Tessellation, folded from a 16×16 grid. It consists of just a single molecule surrounded by petals, and thus c...

Sunflower Tessellation

Sunflower Tessellation

My new tessellation design, folded from a single sheet of Tant paper.

Bed of Nails 3D Tessellation

Bed of Nails 3D Tessellation

Bed of Nails 3D, an origami tessellation folded from a single sheet of Elephant Hide paper; no cutting or glue. It is possible to adjust the length of the sp...

Scroll of Time: 2017

Scroll of Time: 2017

I wanted to try something new this year, so I folded this model from thin parchment paper whereas most of the time I use much thicker papers. Modern parchmen...

Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross

This free-standing cross was inspired by high crosses — stone monuments erected throughout the Middle Ages in Ireland and Britain.

Just Stars

Just Stars

This is what you get when you take Stars and Squares Tessellation and take away the squares. What is left is Just Stars!

Square Interlace Box

Square Interlace Box

This box is decorated with a pattern of Square Interlace Tessellation. I designed it as a container for a matching bracelet which is visible in some pictures...

Brick and Mortar

Brick and Mortar

I designed this tessellation as a variant of Momotani’s Wall with some extra spacing between the bricks added (hence the name Brick and Mortar Tessellation).

Walled Garden Tessellation

Walled Garden Tessellation

Walled Garden Tessellation, designed and folded by me. Molecule based around a 12×12 grid.

Woven Rhombi

Woven Rhombi

This piece uses an 18×18 grid but since each molecule is 4×4, a 16×16 grid works as well, though you get a straight edge instead of the overhanging rhombi. I...

Box with Walled Garden Tessellation Molecule

Box with Walled Garden Tessellation Molecule

Another tessellation disguised as a box so that I can get away with folding just a single molecule, but I do plan to fold a full-fledged tessellation some ti...

Two-in-One Flower Tessellation

Two-in-One Flower Tessellation

There is only one kind of molecule in this origami tessellation, but depending on how you look, you can see two different kinds of flowers here, hence the na...

Laputa

Laputa

This origami model is a variant of my Stacked propellers Tessellation. It is named after Laputa, the flying island described in Gulliver’s Travels. I thought...

Box with Two-in-One Flower Tessellation

Box with Two-in-One Flower Tessellation

Box with a single molecule of my Two-in-One Flower Tessellation. This pattern is derived from four molecules of Double Spearhead Tessellation slightly modifi...

Cluster Tessellation

Cluster Tessellation

Cluster Tessellation, designed and folded by Michał Kosmulski. There are several different ways of achieving a similar effect but with a slightly different p...

Maltese Cross Framed

Maltese Cross Framed

A single molecule of my Maltese Cross Tessellation, which is closely related to the Cross Pattee Tessellation presented in the Coat of Arms of Rzeszów model....

Coat of Arms of Rzeszów

Coat of Arms of Rzeszów

Coat of arms of the city of Rzeszów, executed in origami from a single square sheet of paper. The cross visible in the center of the shield, known as Cross p...

Nuclear Flower Box

Nuclear Flower Box

This origami box is decorated with a single molecule of Nuclear Flower Tessellation, a variant of Two-in-One Flower Tessellation. The name stems from the fac...

Sprout Tessellation (refold)

Sprout Tessellation (refold)

I refolded my Sprout Tessellation for the German Origami Convention in Erkner. Asymmetry and folding the grid at an angle relative to paper edges are inspire...

Growth

Growth

This origami tessellation is made from Square Pixel Tessellation molecule variants which allow the molecules to be made in different sizes.

Double Spearhead Tessellation

Double Spearhead Tessellation

This is an origami design derived from my Square Pixel Tessellation. It was featured in Robert Lang’s tessellation book.

Square Pixel Tessellation

Square Pixel Tessellation

This is my recent design for folding arbitrary bitmap images as origami tessellations. Unlike using four-sink-base (see Saturn Tessellation), each molecule r...

Sprout Tessellation

Sprout Tessellation

Sprout Tessellation, designed and folded by Michał Kosmulski. Derived from my Squares and Crosses Tess.

Squares and Crosses Tessellation

Squares and Crosses Tessellation

My recent design, derived from Ninja Star Tessellation. 6×6 square grid per molecule. This design can be further modified (pictures coming up soon).

Ice Cube Tray

Ice Cube Tray

This ice cube tray was folded from a single sheet of Elephant Hide paper sandwiched with aluminium foil in order to make it water-tight. The tray itself is a...

Grating Tessellation

Grating Tessellation

This is Grating Tessellation, a new origami design of mine. Vertical walls of the grating divide the whole plane into small cells which give this tessellatio...

Puffed Big Propellers (two variants)

Puffed Big Propellers (two variants)

The basic idea of Propellers Tessellation can be extended into countless variants, especially when one goes from the original 8×8 grid to larger grid sizes.

Ninja Star Tessellation

Ninja Star Tessellation

I came up with this design while playing with variants of my Propellers Tessellation but then realized that many others had already come up with this pattern...

Propellers Tessellation

Propellers Tessellation

This tessellation is closely related to my Square Interlace Tessellation. Grid is 8×8 per molecule. Here you can see the variant with long propeller blades b...

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year 2016!

Welcome to 2016! This seven-segment display, executed in origami, shows the current year, and is folded from a single sheet of Elephant Hide paper. With a li...

Lily Pond Picture Frame

Lily Pond Picture Frame

This is a picture frame for 16:9 format, decorated with a variant of my Lily Pond Tessellation. The lilies were modelled on top of four-sink bases instead of...

Sunshine Tessellation

Sunshine Tessellation

The molecule is 6×6 grid units, so normally 3×3 molecules would require an 18×18 grid. Since folding power-of-two grids is much more convenient than others, ...

Square Interlace Tessellation

Square Interlace Tessellation

This is a more conventional way of folding my square interlace tessellation than the bracelet. I believe this model to be my first truly original tessellatio...

Lily Pond Tessellation

Lily Pond Tessellation

This tessellation is based on the sunk square twist pattern (visible in one of the images: it is the stage before shaping any of the molecules into flower sh...

Sunk Square Twist Tessellation

Sunk Square Twist Tessellation

This pattern I recently came up with seems to have a lot of potential for square grid tessellations. I have a number of interesting patterns based on it whic...

Four-Sink-Base Tessellation

Four-Sink-Base Tessellation

This kind of tessellation is not very interesting in itself, but has been invented and used by many authors independently as basis for more advanced designs....

Stars and Squares Tessellation

Stars and Squares Tessellation

Yet another fine example of me reinventing the wheel. After I designed this pattern, I found out it had been already published — in 1982 (!) — by no less tha...

Bed of Nails Tessellation

Bed of Nails Tessellation

I was inspired to design this tessellation resembling a bed of nails after a comment from P. Colman on flickr regarding my Fenced Tiling of Fujimoto’s Clove...