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Nichetto was first inspired to create this project after seeing a scale model of the Manhattan peninsula sitting on Stefano Seletti’s desk during a visit to his office in Viadana, Mantua. “The object had no particular function, yet it immediately gave me the idea to create something that played with the surreal proportions of the miniature metropolis,” Nichetto wrote on his website.

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Christopher Nolan’s film, Inception, further fueled Nichetto with ideas to turn New York’s cityscape on its head after seeing the city folded onto itself in the movie. Nichetto said the scene made it seem as if the metropolis were made of rubber, which ultimately gave him the underlying vision behind the project.

The final creation, Inception, turns Manhattan into a colorful silicone dish rack and desk organizer. The skyscrapers were made to hold up tableware or stationary items while slightly flexing under their weight, alluding to the scene from the Nolan film.

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