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. Fuller felt that a world map was needed which highlights the relationships among all nations and cultures of the world, revealing what unites 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 on interdependent system.
In 1954, the Dymaxion Projection as we know it today was hand drawn by architect, Shoji Sadao, the cartographer and collaborator behind the map. 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. Fold it to form a geometric globe or unfold to reveal our flattened planet.