Around The World: Displaying Maps & Globes

In the digital age of smartphones and GPS it's becoming easy to overlook the art of physical map making. I remember the days when the Thomas guide was a must have in my car at all times, but unless you're going into the wilderness, it's rarely necessary today to interact with a physical map.

Once again we are seeing that in a quickly changing world yesterday's necessity can become today's art piece. Besides the obvious educational value of having maps in the home, their graphic quality, sweeping lines, shapes and colors can turn a bland area into one of interest and delight.

Globes and paper maps can provide or inspire decorations that bring a sense of adventure to the room. The nature of maps often draw people in close and have them getting lost in all the wondrous details they provide and can instigate discussion amongst guests. Here are some examples of how cartography can still make its way into our lives.

Images: TOP ROW: 1. Kelly Hicks Design, 2. Callaghan Art Gallery, 3. Fonda LaShay Design, 4. Pure Green Design, 5. Kelly Hicks Design; MIDDLE ROW: 1. Martha Stewart, 2. Elle Decor, 3. Martha Stewart, 4. & 5. Realtor.com; BOTTOM ROW: 1. Once.Daily.Chic., 2. & 3. Martha Stewart

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.