In my studio proposal for this term, I struggled to describe one of the projects.
As it transpires, the structure I perforce called “eight cubes that hinge such that they fold and refold to expose either of two versions” is a simplification of the 1971 Yoshimoto cubes. A biography and introduction to Naoki Yoshimoto’s work is available in conjunction with the detour project for Moleskine.
The MoMA has a set of these cubes, and you can buy a replica at their store. It’s easiest to understand these models in motion, so here’s a YouTube video demonstration.
This blog offers more technical details.
I am delighted to finally be able to properly credit the design’s origin. I intend to continue with this project, but it has changed quite a bit. The fascinating part seems to be the transformative aspect of the design. Since my current body of work focuses on paradigm shifts, this infinite self-transfiguration is helpful.