Crumpled City Maps
The map, an indispensable object since the days of Marco Polo, has remained little changed for far too long. The drawback? At the very moment when you have figured out how to get where you’re going and want to have your hands free to get there, it is nearly impossible to properly stow a map away. Admittedly, we’re not all contestants on The Great Race, but Crumpled City™ maps, with clear graphics by Alvvino, have something that could entirely eliminate profanity and Twister-like acrobatics from the act of navigation: Pliable but hard-wearing and waterproof, these maps are actually intended to be folded incorrectly, balled up carelessly and, in short, poorly put away. A graduate of the Milan Politecnico in 2008, Pizzolorusso has wasted no time in making his name with clever, hyper-functional design that emphasises superease of use: Place the map’s area of interest in the palm of your hand to way-find and then simply screw it up, stuff all 87x58 cm of it back into a pocket and get on with getting there.