In 1946, Buckminster Fuller patented a map of Earth which presents geographic information without breaks in any of the continental contours, or any visible distortion of the relative shapes or sizes of the land masses. In 1954, with architect Shoji Sadao as cartographer, the Dymaxion Projection as we know it today was created.
Fuller felt that a world map was needed which highlights the relationships among all nations and cultures of the world, revealing what unites us rather than what separates us. In Fuller’s own words, “the Dymaxion Map reveals a One-World Island in a One-World Ocean,” helping us to view the world as one interdependent system.
Designer Brendan Ravenhill has configured Fuller’s projection as a magnetic folding globe, a representation of Earth that easily transitions from flat to three dimensional. This edition of the map shows only land and sea, depicting Earth as an archipelago absent of its territories.
The Moon is the fifth-largest natural satellite in our Solar System and the only extraterrestrial body that has ever been visited by humankind. Its gravitational pull controls our tides, its cycles inspired our calendars and its mysteries are at the center of many folktales and mythologies.
Designer Brendan Ravenhill has configured the Moon into a foldable magnetic cube octahedron, a representation of Earth’s only satellite that easily transitions from flat to three dimensional. Fold it to form a three dimensional moon or unfold to reveal a flattened moonscape.
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