Review – Compound Polyhedra: Modular Origami by Fergus Currie

Publisher – Tarquin Group, colour throughout, 148 pages, 170mm x 247mm ISBN:            9781913565725

Fergus Currie is a double bass player in the Greek National Opera. He has a fairly unique range of skills: a composer, origami designer, author, Takemitsu scholar, captain of the Papagou Veterans chess team, Tai-Chi expert, poet, librettist, jazz arranger and amateur chef. In his spare time, he solves crossword puzzles and makes animation videos of his cat Ernesto. He lives in Greece with his wife Maria.

This is a book of ten geometric models designed by Currie showing how to make the following compounds : Two Tetrahedra / the Octahedron and the Cube / Three Cubes / Five Octahedra / Three Octahedra / Three Tetrahedra / the Icosahedron and the Dodecahedron plus the Small Triambic Icosahedron and and Dodecahedron.

It also includes an introduction with sections on the mathematics behind the models, a short history of modular origami, and an impressive section on tools, tips & techniques, with special emphasis on the assembly and techniques commonly needed when folding modulars. Each design is presented in great depth, with excellent illustrations. Curries expertise shines throughout the book, he really does know his subject. AS expected, some of the shapes have been created by others, but all these are Currie’s own work. This collection is far more than a collection of modular folds, it’s a master-class in the subject.

The hardback costs £17, the softback £12 and like most Tarquin books, is well worth owning.