Maps are EVERYWHERE

June 9, 2009

Geography is finally cool…check out this awesome world map wallpaper, £99.95 for eight panels, Stanfords.

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It looks fantastic in a home office here, but you could put it in a hallway or even a bedroom. Maps are big news at the moment – I wrote about the current obsession with globes a few weeks back (and I finally found a gorgeous vintage globe at the weekend in a junk shop for £8 by the way – hurrah!) and it seems geographical buys are everywhere I look!

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World Future Map, £75, Notonthehighstreet

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Bespoke map heart, £30, Notonthehighstreet

Bespoke map platter, £125, Bombus

Bespoke map platter, £125, Bombus

London underground map cushion, £39.95, Rockett St George

London underground map cushion, £39.95, Rockett St George

Although it’s not strictly interiors-related, have a look at the gorgeous bags and accessories over at Cloth Ears. The map bag below is just one of a great collection of purses and goodies – all made to look like vintage parcels and pieces of post. So cute! – Ellie

Paper planes bag, £54.99, Cloth Ears

Paper planes bag, £54.99, Cloth Ears

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When I was younger, my sister and I had a big plastic globe, which we never used. It was fun to spin it furiously, but geography was never really our thing, so it sat on a book shelf gathering dust. I suspect the globe was eventually taken to a charity shop when I reached my teens, and I haven’t thought of it since. Until now. Today, I find myself scouring eBay for a ‘retro globe’ – and kicking myself for chucking out a fabulous one twenty years ago.

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City globe, £64.40, Graham and Green

Globes are officially cool – everyone from Graham and Green to Dwell is stocking them, and every self-respecting designer has one perched on their desk, next to the obligatory stack of design bibles.

Swedish designer Cathy Gedda Westrall's home, from Design*Sponge

Swedish designer Cathy Gedda Westrall's home, from Design*Sponge

I wonder why globes are fashionable again? Perhaps in troubled times, having a pretty little plastic planet you can completely control is reassuring – it reminds you of your place in the bigger picture. Maybe it’s also an example of people craving comforting symbols from the past. Recent research reveals that when we’re faced with an uncertain future, we return to the familiar household brands we grew up with – from Bisto gravy to Bird’s custard, a recessionary revival is under way. Heinz traditional tomato soup is selling at twice the pace of its newer Farmer’s Market label and some traditional labels have reported sales rises of up to 40 per cent in just six months. Perhaps globes are symbolic of happier times – cosy old-fashioned studies, school days and childhood – and their presence in our homes is comforting on some sub-conscious level. I like these faded antique globes from Pedlars best:

Antique globes, from £69 each, Pedlars

 

Antique globes, from £69 each, Pedlars

If your style is a bit sleeker and your look is contemporary, take a look at these smart metallic globes from Dwell. All very urban, and not my cup of tea, but perfect for a striking, modern home.

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Desk globe in black, £45; large silver desk globe, £65; both Dwell

Popping into Paperchase the other day, I realised that a quick way to bring globes to my home is with a cheery 50p postcard, so I’ve propped this one up on my desk until eBay comes up with the goods!  – Ellie

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