Crumpled City by Emanuele Pizzolorusso
for Palomar


Crumpled City by Palomar

Milan designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso has created a series of maps for Italian brand Palomar that are designed to survive being screwed up and stuffed into a pocket or bag. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.

Crumpled City by Palomar

Called Crumpled City, the products are made of a soft waterproof material to avoid dammage when put away without folding carefully along the original creases.

Crumpled City by Palomar

The range includes London, New York, Paris, Rome and Berlin.

Crumpled City by Palomar

Here's a bit more information about the product:

Palomar presents Crumpled City soft city maps for urban jungles

For centuries, MAPS have been irreplaceable learning tools. They have to do with travelling, discovery, adventure. The Crumpled City Map reinterprets an object which, historically, has been synonymous with exacting precision and manual skills. Actually, maps must be opened, folded to find what we are interested in and then folded away, preferably along the original folds of the paper.

But, how often are such operations difficult and frustrating? Especially when we are lost and have to pull out of our pockets or our bag a map that often, through use and the difficulty of folding it, has turned into a mass of wet, swollen paper, which forces us to engage in impossible exercises in the art of “origami” to consult it and finally get our bearings!

Crumpled City by Palomar

These are the reflections around which the Crumpled City Maps have been designed: maps that are soft, extremely light but very strong, perfectly waterproof, designed to be quickly put away in their bag, without having to be folded but just scrunched up, rolled up into a ball. Crumpled City, indeed.

Crumpled City by Palomar

At the core of the design is this ‘playing’ with gestures: this allowing people to do something that is usually “forbidden”, that is to simply scrunch up a document. It is a liberating, fun act, especially if you do it with something that you are not going to throw away, but which is actually made to be kept and reused.

The Crumpled City range includes the most interesting cities in the world. Along with the usual ‘SightSeeings’, each map also provides a unique, unusual list of ‘SoulSights’, places of the soul, places selected to thrill you. Weighing only 20 grams, it is super resistant and 100% waterproof.

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Posted on Monday December 6th 2010 at 7:20 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • robertturrall

    nice – particularly as they are so crisply designed: lots of white space and simple lines and fills. The London one looks lovely. Off to see if I can buy one online…

  • This would be so useful. I spend way too much effort while traveling calculating whether I should fold up a giant map while looking conspicuously like a "hi-rob-me-now!" tourist or stashing it away and feeling it will never look the same again.

  • mikael

    they are like the civilian version of military silk escape maps, so they look nicer.

  • nofelix

    so i guess it's tyvek? i like guessing, thanks for not telling us, mysterious designers

  • MPArch

    evidence that anything can be marketed as "design"…