Thursday, April 21, 2011

crumpled maps and contemporary design inspired by the past

Planning a trip abroad or The Big Apple soon? You might want to get yourself one or two of these indestructible maps designed by palomar. You heard right. These crumpled city maps are printed on special technological material to allow you to crumpled them up in any way and into the smallest spaces like your pocket, backpack, and heck even in your under garments (not endorse by the company, that was my idea). Still not convince? They are 100% water proof. Beat that. I think this is by far one of the most breath taking inventions of the century.

Palomar is an Italian company that has been one of the leading traditional Florentine optic companies since 1956 (taken directly from their site since I don't want to misrepresent who they are). I love the company's choice to use inspiration from the past to innovate and redefine contemporary design. Their designs are exhibited for the public in the beautiful Sciorum, a neo-Renaissance loggia designed by the nineteenth century Florentine architect, Giuseppe Poggi.

Palomar's design inspired by Galileo's 1609 telescope.

Fabio Palchetti, CEO of Palomar at 10 years old.

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