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Spotted on Facebook. The floor of a Paris game store. The floor is, of course, flat.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. matt says:

    I’m interested if it looks as cool from other directions.

    1. Gareth Branwyn says:

      I had that same thought. How many good viewing angles does this actually have?

      1. Abby says:

        Since its painted,i think only one. But yes,cool from that one spot.

  2. jibjab says:

    I wonder if it looks raised from opposite side

    1. d4l3d says:

      Nope. The floor looks flat but the store goes all warpy. (Kidding. I’ll probably never get to Paris.)

  3. middoth says:

    anyone knows the name of the shop? im actually in Paris!

    1. tolomea says:

      Here’s the original on flickr the author says “Inside the Fnac at La Defense. While this looks good in photos, it’s not convincing in reality.”

  4. middoth says:

    merci beaucoup!

  5. This is just awesome! I want a floor like this!

  6. D says:

    I wonder why gravity seems greater where there are no items. This must be proof of Dark Matter.

  7. You know, it reminds me of the organic architecture of Hundertwasser…Hell on furniture, fun to walk in.

  8. Walter Anderson says:

    Shame that in the US a store that did this would most likely loose the lawsuit when some idiot fell on their backside…

    1. I was going to say, “customer wearing eye patch enter, trips and falls, Sues”.

  9. Eric Boyd says:

    Here’s another shot of the floor, from a different angle, and you can see why it might not be as believable in person:

  10. Marshgre says:

    Roads painted like this would slow down traffic in pedestrian dense areas.

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  12. Bob says:

    Gould you reverse the concept and make a roller park look flat?

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