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World's Best Origami book cover

World's Best Origami

by Nick Robinson

Published:
2010 by Alpha Books
Pages:
312
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN:
1615640533

Buy from: Amazon.com
Buy from: Amazon.jp

Skill Level : From simple to high-intermediate
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? No
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Most are

Overall Impression

Nick Robinson has a knack for finding the uncommon, hidden or forgotten gems and collecting them into unique books suitable for all, from super-simple models to more challenging ones, avoiding overused designs found in other books. This book is no exception (and I'm not just saying that because 3 of the models are mine!). There's a nice variety of themes, animals alongside modulars, flowers, practical models and many more. Some new favorites I found are Chris Alexander's "Howling at the Moon", Nick's own dolphin and Santa and Maltagliati's owl. Older favorites include Yenn's DNA, Fujimoto's cube and apple, and Neal Elias' angel among others.

Each model comes with Robinson's thought about the design, and the book has a long and informative introduction to methods and techniques, making it a good resource for beginners. Something for everyone here.

The Models

Model Designer Page Details Photo
Pecking bird

Toys - Action Models

Traditional30Square

Simple
Swan

Birds - Anseriformes - Swans

Traditional31Square
Peacock

Birds - Galliformes - Peacocks

Traditional33Square
2 units
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rebecca
Hungry chick

Toys - Action Models

Francisco Javier Caboblanco35SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Nick Robinson
Owl

Birds - Strigiformes - Owls

Robert Neale36Rectangle - 1X2
Songbird

Birds - Passeriformes

Kunihiko Kasahara38SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rebecca
Great-horned owl

Birds - Strigiformes - Owls

Giovanni Maltagliati40Square

Nice and simple
Origami Great-horned owl by Giovanni Maltagliati Folded from a square of Kraft origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Penguin mother and baby

Birds - Sphenisciformes - Penguins

Nick Robinson43SquareOrigami Penguin mother and baby by Nick Robinson Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Fat bird

Toys - Action Models

Gareth Louis46Square

Nice and simple
Bowing bird

Birds

Jeff Beynon48SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rebecca
Swan

Birds - Anseriformes - Swans

Eric Joisel52SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rui Roda
Cricket

Toys - Action Models

Traditional58Square

Jumping. Great for teaching
Pig

Mammals - Suidae - Pigs and Boars

Nick Robinson59Square
3 units
Cat's head

Mammals - Felidae - Cats

Evi Binzinger61Square

Jumping. Great for teaching
Frog's head

Toys - Puppets

Edwin Corrie63Square
Whale's tail

Mammals - Cetacea - Whales

Mick Guy65Square

Also in Orison 21/04
Origami Whale's tail by Mick Guy folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Fantail goldfish

Fish - Goldfish

Traditional67Square
Horse

Mammals - Equidae - Horses and Donkeys

Traditional69Square

Also in The Art and Wonder of Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in NOA Magazine 396

Pajarita variation
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Mad March hare

Toys - Puppets

Nick Robinson71Square

Rabbit head. Nice
Dolphin

Mammals - Cetacea - Dolphins

Nick Robinson73SquareOrigami Dolphin by Nick Robinson Folded from a square of metallic origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Frog on a window

Amphibians

Kunihiko Kasahara76SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Wolf howling at the moon

Mammals - Canidae - Dog Family

Chris Alexander79SquareOrigami Wolf howling at the moon by Chris Alexander Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Elephant

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Anne LaVin83Square
Puma's head

Mammals - Felidae - Tigers and Leopards

Roman Diaz86SquareOrigami Puma's head by Roman Diaz Folded from a square of double-sided mulberry by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Squarosaurus

Dinosaurs

Nick Robinson90Square

Rabbit head. Nice
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Koala

Mammals - Marsupialia - Koalas

Edwin Corrie94Square

Also in BOS Convention 2006 Spring - Leicester
Origami Koala by Edwin Corrie Folded from a square of speckle-design paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Water lily - 2D

Flora - Flowers

Traditional98Square

Also in Orison 19/04
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Tulip

Flora - Flowers

Zsuzsanna Kricskovics99Rectangle - 1X2
2 units
Rose

Flora - Flowers

Nick Robinson101Square
2 units
Boutonniere blossom

Flora - Flowers

Traditional102Square
Sunflower

Flora - Flowers

Nick Robinson104SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Snowdrop

Flora - Flowers

Nick Robinson106Square
Camellia

Flora - Flowers

Traditional108Square
Orchid

Flora - Flowers

Jonathan Shapcott110Square
Bluebell

Flora - Flowers

Adolfo Cerceda111SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rebecca
Desert flower

Flora - Flowers

Nick Robinson114HexagonOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rebecca
Girl's head 1

People

Eric Kenneway120Square
Girl's head 2

People

Eric Kenneway121Square
Santa Claus

Religion and Holidays - Christmas and Santa Claus

Nick Robinson123Square

Also in Origami for Christmas - 26 Festive Models
Origami Santa Claus by Nick Robinson Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Napoleon

People

Nick Robinson125Square

Some imagination required...
Grumpy alien

Aliens

Nick Robinson127SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Nick Robinson
Vampyra

Imaginary beings - Vampires

Paul Hanson129Square

Also in BOS Convention 2006 Spring - Leicester
Origami Vampyra by Paul Hanson Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Crying baby

People - Babies

Gilad Aharoni132Square

Also in AEP convention 2004
Also in BARF 2004 Winter by Jeremy Shafer
Also in BOS Convention 2003 Spring

Also in the diagrams section
Origami Crying baby by Gilad Aharoni folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Robot's head

Toys - Puppets

Mike Thomas135Square
Human face

People

Nick Robinson138SquareOrigami Human face by Nick Robinson Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Mr. Muppet

People

Gilad Aharoni142Square

Also in BOS Convention 2004 Autumn

Also in the diagrams section
Origami Mr. Muppet by Gilad Aharoni folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Angel

Imaginary beings - Angels

Neal Elias146Square

Also in BOS Magazine 236
Also in Neal Elias - Miscellaneous Folds - II by Dave Venables
Also in The Origami World of Neal Elias by Dave Venables and Marc Cooman
Origami Angel by Neal Elias folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Simple tray

Boxes and Containers

Traditional152Square
Square bowl - Japanese corners

Boxes and Containers

Traditional154Square

Also in Origami 3 by Robert Harbin
Also in Papiroflexia Basica by Vicente Palacios
Also in Beginning Origami by Vicente Palacios
Origami Square bowl - Japanese corners by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Spanish box

Boxes and Containers

Traditional157Square

Also in NOA Magazine 456
Also in Easy Origami by John Montroll
Also in Essential Origami by Steve and Megumi Biddle
Also in Origami A-B-C by David Petty
Also in Origami Sourcebook by Jay Ansill
Also in Practical and Decorative Origami by Jay Ansill
Also in Everything Origami by Matthew Gardiner
Also in Origami 1 by Robert Harbin
Also in Secrets of Origami by Robert Harbin
Origami Spanish box by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Poppy dish

Boxes and Containers

Nick Robinson158Square
Triangular box

Boxes and Containers

Assia Brill (Vely)161Rectangle - 1X2

Very nice, with ideas for making a desk-tidy from several units
Fox dish

Boxes and Containers

Nick Robinson165Square
Star box

Boxes and Containers

Francesco Guarnieri168SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rebecca
Curly box

Boxes and Containers

Traditional171SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Nick Robinson
Lidded box

Boxes and Containers

Nick Robinson173SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Bowl

Boxes and Containers

Florence Temko176Square

Also in Origami 3 by Robert Harbin
Also in Origami - Easy-to-Make Paper Creations by Gay Merrill Gross
Also in Creative Ideas For Paperfolding by Gay Merrill Gross
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Bristol box

Boxes and Containers

Daniel G. Mason179SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Tessellating cross

Geometric and other shapes

Traditional182Square
Butterfly

Insects - Butterflies

Thoki Yenn183Square

Also in PCOC Play
Also in Origami Kit for Dummies by Nick Robinson
Also in Origami Kit for Dummies by Nick Robinson
Origami Butterfly by Thoki Yenn folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Squared square

Geometric and other shapes

Robert Neale183Square

Square-in-square
Pythagoras proof

Geometric and other shapes

Mick Guy185Square
36 units
Flexagon

Toys - Action Models

Arthur Stone189Other shape
Tower

Geometric and other shapes

Traditional191Square
8-point star

Geometric and other shapes

Wayne Brown193Square
2 units

Also in Origami Deutschland - Merry Christmas 1997
Also in Quadrato Magico Magazine 007
Also in Simple Origami as Featured in the Herald by Penny Groom
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Tri-puzzle

Toys - Puzzles

David Petty195Square
4 units

A tangram-like puzzle
Pinwheel tato

Objects - Wallets

Traditional199Square
Cross puzzle

Toys - Puzzles

David Petty201Square
4 units
Cube

Geometric and other shapes

Fujimoto Shuzo204Square

Also in BOS Convention 1982 Spring
Also in BOS Convention 2013 Spring
Also in BOS Magazine 094
Also in Classic Origami by Paul Jackson
Also in Invitation to Creative Playing with Origami by Fujimoto Shuzo
Also in Invitation to Creative Playing with Origami by Fujimoto Shuzo
Also in Invitation to Creative Playing with Origami by Fujimoto Shuzo
Also in Origami Project F by Fujimoto Shuzo
Also in Origami for the Connoisseur by Kunihiko Kasahara and Toshie Takahama
Also in Origami La Era Nueva by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in ORU Magazine 13

A classic
Origami Cube by Fujimoto Shuzo folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Double cube

Geometric and other shapes

Nick Robinson207Square
2 units
Tri-coaster

Geometric and other shapes

Nick Robinson210Square
3 units
DNA strand

People - Anatomic parts

Thoki Yenn213Rectangle - A size

Also in BOS Magazine 142
Also in Encyclopedia of Origami for Children and Adults by Sergei Afonkin and Elena Afonkina
Also in Let's Fold Spirals by Tomoko Fuse
Also in Der Falter 002
Origami DNA strand by Thoki Yenn Folded from A4 typing paper for my biologist wife's birthday by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Umulius rectangulum

Geometric and other shapes

Thoki Yenn216Rectangle - 1X3
6 units

Also in Personal Collection
Also in BOS Convention 2002 Spring
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Phillip West
Hexahedron

Geometric and other shapes

Molly Kahn222Square
3 units
Squared square cube

Geometric and other shapes

Robert Neale223Square
6 units
Modular twist

Geometric and other shapes

Nick Robinson224Square
4 units
Pyramid

Geometric and other shapes

Francisco Javier Caboblanco226Square
2 units

Also in Origami for Beginners by Vicente Palacios
Also in Pajarita Extra 1992
Also in BOS Convention 1993 Autumn
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rebecca
Windmill cube

Geometric and other shapes

Kunihiko Kasahara228Square
6 units
Tri-module unit

Geometric and other shapes

Nick Robinson230Square
3 units

With variation suggestions
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Marina Kosareva
Snowflake module

Geometric and other shapes

David Petty233Square
8 units
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rui Roda
Snow cube

Geometric and other shapes

Nick Robinson235Square
6 units
Goldfinch star

Geometric and other shapes

Nick Robinson237Square
6 units
Octahedron

Geometric and other shapes

Robert Neale240Square
6 units
Wallet

Objects - Wallets

Traditional242Square
Cup

Food

Traditional243Square

Also in Beginning Origami by Vicente Palacios
Also in Classic Origami by Paul Jackson
Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
Also in Doctor's Origami Dream Book by Toshikazu Kawasaki
Also in Easy Origami by John Montroll
Also in Essential Origami by Steve and Megumi Biddle
Also in Everything Origami by Matthew Gardiner
Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Happy Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in NOA Magazine 066
Also in NOA Magazine 157
Also in NOA Magazine 322
Also in Origami - The Complete Guide to the Art of Paperfolding by Rick Beech
Also in Origami El Mundo Nuevo by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in Origami Folding Fun: Pony Book by Isao Honda
Also in Origami for Christians by John H. Peterson
Also in Origami La Era Nueva by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in Origami USA Convention 1989
Also in Origami: Step by Step to Amazing Paper Models by Ondrej E. Cibulka
Also in Pajarita Especial 1983 - Primavera
Also in Paper Folding for Beginners by Murray and Rigney
Also in Papiroflexia by Eduardo Clemente
Also in Simple Origami as Featured in the Herald by Penny Groom
Also in Teach Yourself Origami by John Montroll
Also in The Art and Wonder of Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara
Also in The World of Origami by Isao Honda
Also in Hands-On Origami by Raul Rosado
Also in Origami 1-2-3 by David Petty
Also in Origami You Can Use by Rick Beech
Also in Have Fun with Origami by Robert Harbin
Origami Cup by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Booklet

Objects - Books

Traditional245Square
Envelope from Bonn

Letters and Envelopes

Doris Lauinger246Rectangle
Party hat

Clothes - Hats

Robert Neale247Square
French fries bag

Boxes and Containers

Traditional249Square
Set square

Objects - Useful

Nick Robinson250Square
Pocket fan

Objects - Useful

Sjaak Adriaanse252Rectangle
Classic cap

Clothes - Hats

Traditional254Rectangle
Sailboat envelope

Letters and Envelopes

Evi Binzinger256Square
Elforia envelope

Letters and Envelopes

Sjaak Adriaanse258Rectangle
Holiday card

Letters and Envelopes

Doris Lauinger260Rectangle
Ring

Rings

Traditional262Rectangle - 1X2
Gliding hoop

Toys - Planes

Traditional266Square
Crown

Clothes - Hats

Nick Robinson267Square
4 units
Sheffield sailboat

Vehicles - Boats

Nick Robinson269Square
Word dominoes

Toys - Puzzles

Mick Guy271Square

Game units
Freising plane

Toys - Planes

Nick Robinson272SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Cart

Vehicles

Traditional274Square
2 units
Standing heart

Hearts

Nick Robinson276Square
2 units
Popsicle

Food

Gilad Aharoni278Square

Also in BARF 2005 Spring by Jeremy Shafer
Also in BOS Convention 2005 Autumn (CD)

Also in the diagrams section
Origami Popsicle by Gilad Aharoni Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Bug-eye glider

Toys - Planes

Nick Robinson280SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
3D heart

Hearts

Haui Bogl'arka283Square

Also in Origami USA Convention 1996
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Candle

Objects - Candles and Light

Nick Robinson285SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Malachi Brown
Reverse pinwheel

Geometric and other shapes

Florence Temko288SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rebecca
Kettle

Food

Adolfo Cerceda291Square

Also in BOS Convention 1995 Spring
Origami Kettle by Adolfo Cerceda Folded from a square of scrap-booking paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Tent

Buildings

Francesco Guarnieri295Square

Also published on the CDO website
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Francesco Guarnieri
Trees on a hillside

Nature

Eric Kenneway298Square

Also in BOS Convention 2010
Also in Origami Paperfolding for Fun by Eric Kenneway
Origami Trees on a hillside by Eric Kenneway Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Apple

Flora - Fruit and Vegetables

Fujimoto Shuzo302Square

Also in BOS Convention 1982 Autumn
Also in BOS Magazine 102
Also in Invitation to Creative Playing with Origami by Fujimoto Shuzo
Also in NOA Magazine 115
Also in NOA Magazine 300
Also in Origami de Christmas 3
Also in Origami per Pinocchio
Also in Origami Project F by Fujimoto Shuzo

Excellent
Origami Apple by Fujimoto Shuzo folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
112 models