When Albert Einstein proposed his theory of relativity and described space-time as a smooth “fabric” that can be bent and manipulated, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t thinking it would be applied to placemats. But sure enough, Japanese design studio A.P. WORKS has turned that “fabric” into a fantastic optical illusion.
The “trick mat,” as they call it, is an ingeniously simple illusion. It that relies on distortions in graphical patterns to make it look like the plates and silverware are so incredibly massive that they are warping the lines. Unfortunately the trick mat is only a prototype and has not yet been brought to market. But once it does, we’ll be sure to let you know!