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.
The horizontal asymmetry brings ambivalence to the design, yet is balanced as it its placed in the very center of the space. The block type in both halves portraits the ideas and feelings of the person. I appreciate the contrast of cool and warm colors in order to reinforce the message.