" It is easy to assume that a sheet with no crease will offer very few possibilities for creative folding. It may even seem to be a preposterous idea.
While it is true that the possibilities for forms and surfaces increase with the number of folds, there is a surprising richness in using no crease or just one crease. The key to creating these forms is a non-origami technique called the “Break”, which induces curvatures in the sheet. Ironically, with two or more folds and breaks, the array of coexisting curves can quickly turn a sheet of material into an over-complicated doodle. If ever a folding technique needed to be used with precision and restraint, this is the one.
On another level, the extreme simplicity and directness of this technique offers a cleansing of the folding spirit when set against the examples in others which requires potentially dozens or hundreds of folds. In this way, no crease is not only a valuable technique, but also a respite from the rigors of complex folding. Less can be more."
The name of this project "DeFocus" was inspired by the art movement De Stijl (Dutch for "The Style"), which proposed ultimate simplicity and abstraction. This project using only one sheet of material with no crease creates a simplified visual form that explores the possibility of a plane. DeFocus can be understood as "The focus". The Break of the form becomes the focus of the entire object the moment people see it. De Focus can also be comprehended as "defocus" which in optics refers to the deviation from accurate focus. The curvature created by the Break eventually expands viewers' vision from the center point to the edges. The implying visual enlargement is conduce to a better appreciation of the form.