The authagraph world map. We authagraph co ltd. Creating a proportional map of the world is tricky because the world is a sphere and a map is flat. We have dedicated ourselves in research and development on an idea highly based on geometrical studies mainly by means of model making. Maps shape our understanding of the world and in an increasingly interconnected and global economy this geographic knowledge is more important than ever.
From japanese artist hajime narukawa the authagraph map breaks the globe into sections to allow it to be folded flat while maintaining accurate dimensions. Different or unusual maps weve collected together a small but select group of different or unusual maps because we like them. Stocks are limited but if you like them too we would be prepared to part with them. That creates visual distortions which explains why mercator projections shrink africa and super.
The familiar world map weve all encountered in school sans antarctica was conceived almost half a millennium ago in 1569 by cartographer gerardus mercator and it has some serious flaws. Because there is no limit to the number of possible map projections there is no definitive list that includes all of them. This rectangular world map called authagraph world map is made by equally dividing a spherical surface into 96 triangles transferring it to a tetrahedron while maintaining areas proportions and unfolding it to be a rectangle.