Let me introduce you to this almost forgotten Octagonal Modular Origami Box. By looking at it, you should assume that it is an origami box by Tomoko Fuse 布施知子. But it actually isn’t her design, yet it was published in one of her older books in August of 1992. The book is called Enjoyable Boxes of the World by Tomoko Fuse. The designer to these long forgotten modular octagonal origami boxes is Hideaki Azuma 東秀明さん. Actually the whole section of Octagonal Modular Origami Boxes in this book is by Hideaki Azuma. Unbelievable that his modern looking origami box is actually 27 years old!
The story takes another twist, as he created 6 versions of modular octagonal boxes. Yet this specific one is a modification of lid C from page 98. So if you wanted to fold this particular design, you would need to think which folds to change to get to this model.
So how did I find this long forgotten model?
A few years ago I stumbled onto this underground version on a Japanese website from 2012. I wanted to link back to the original post where I found it, sadly it doesn’t exist any more. Screen grabs of those boxes still exist, but link to something else. The original blog’s name was みんみん on blogs.yahoo.com.
If you are interested in folding this box, you will be happy to know that you can still get this book second hand. The original title is たのしい 箱の世界 Enjoyable Boxes of the World.
Some more details to this model
As mentioned above, the lid that closest resembles this particular version is lid C on page 98 of the book. In step 3 you add another two folds (left and right). And then from step 7, you will need to change some folds. If you look closely at my pictures, you will figure it out on your own. Tip: I keep a finished unit as a reminder in my book, so next time it’s easier to fold the same box.
The body of the box is from Hideaki Azuma as well and is diagrammed on page 104. The blue box has that body. I did not like it as much, as it didn’t come out flat. Maybe I made a mistake, or it is just that way. In any case, I looked up one of Tomoko Fuse’s body designs in another book of hers. In contrast, that book features only octagonal modular models by Tomoko Fuse. You can find that version of the body in the book Joyful Origami Boxes on page 74. But please don’t confuse, only the bottom of the box is from that book.
Credit: The rainbow version of these Octagonal Modular Origami Boxes was folded by my 10 year old daughter. All other boxes were folded by me. 🙂
If you fell in love with this Tomoko Fuse style of boxes, have a look at one of her square modular origami box models.