Japanese design studio A.P.Works playfully mimics the imagery of Albert Einstein's space-time fabric theory with this mind-bending placemat. By warping the grid pattern, the trick mat creates the illusion that the plate and silverware are weighing down the placemat's seemingly elastic surface, in the same way that planets and stars distort the plane of space-time.
I was interested in transforming between triangular and rectangular floor-plans. The result was a three-floor steel reinforced structure. No floors or windows. Each structural member is meant to represent the materially efficient response to both.