I’ve always been fond of maps. Maybe it’s the sweet promise of the undiscovered, of exotic lands and experiences yet to be tasted. I have stacks of vintage atlases, framed maps, war maps, kids’ maps, and metro maps. Over the past few days I’ve been creating christmas decorations for a retail window display of little ‘globes’ made from recycled vintage atlas pages. As I cut hundreds of tiny discs from its musty pages I find myself mesmorised by the myriad of blue, green, and brown hues, and tiny vessels charting the highways and byways of foreign lands.
Here is a round-up of a few of my favourite contemporary maps, some practical, some whimsical, and others which are simply beautiful. With Christmas just around the corner, there could be something here for that special someone.
Clockwise from top left:
1 Now you can take the whole collection with you with the Wallpaper* City Guide App //itunes.apple.com 2 Indestructable Crumpled City Map series designed by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Italian company Palomar. Now available in a Junior series for the little ones. //bookdepository.co.uk 3 Pin Maps* designed by Emanuele Pizzolorusso and Alessandro Maffioletti for Palomar, made of felt for pinning ephemera souvenirs //palomarweb.com 4 Illustrated maps by Finnish born, NYC based illustrator, Lotte Niemann. Commission a personalised city for the perfect Christmas gift. //lottanieminen.com 5 Film Map four colour lithoprint designed by Dorothy //wearedorothy.com 6 Print your own personalised location envelopes – free download! Now this would make a great little personalised gift. //mapenvelope.com
*Right now Dezeen is giving away ten Pin Maps! Pop over to Dezeen before 22 November 2012 and get yourself in the draw to WIN!
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