motifs are trendy this season
world map poncho for $39.95 from Signals.com, an
Ohio-based company, which also offers a bangle and
two types of world map scarves for draping
yourself in cartographic splendor.
the rise of the GPS, the old-fashioned map has been
reduced to an app. Yet nothing is as attractive to a
die-hard traveler (other than a boarding pass) as the
old blue-and-green classroom atlas or a nautical chart.
represent a respite from routine, the romance of the
journey and the road yet traveled. The inherent design
element also evokes a built-in emotional response that
retailers and manufacturers canít resist. They have
translated the natural aesthetic of oceans and
continents crisscrossed by straight and squiggly lines
into fashionable motifs that cover everything from bed
sheets to wallpaper to clothing, shoes and furniture.
Here are a few we have uncovered to help you chart a
furniture manufacturer Theodore Alexander has two side
tables that will get your Magellan going, and a Thomas
Howard table has a map painted on the underside of the
top that is reflected in the mirrored base below. It is
an old-world-meets-new-world statement piece.
were inspired by the great map makers and travelers of
the past," said Russell Towner, president of
Theodore Alexander USA. "Stylistically fascinating,
these statement pieces are evocative of the romance of
an Ohio-based company, has a bangle, a poncho and two
types of world map scarves for draping yourself in
cartographic splendor. Another online option is MyDrobe,
which is currently featuring a swimsuit with the map of
the world by Filles a Papa. Go to www.signals.com
for more fun fashion finds.
the French luxury purveyor, has created map scarves for
years, but it just issued Le Voyage de Pytheas for $435.
Not For Navigation, based in Essex, Mass., makes
pillows, beach bags, totes and accessories with
customized maps and nautical charts. The Traverse canvas
bag sells for $115.
our products are custom-designed per area. We use
nautical charts and topographic maps, so we can do any
town, lake, river, mountain, city, actual address ... Itís
endless!" said Heather Jernegan, owner of Not For
Navigation. Go to www.notfornavigation.com
to see more.
Massachusetts-based company that has mapped out its
product line is Mad Bay Designs, offering pillows,
purses, totes and more at www.madbaydesigns.com.
International, a Canadian firm whose wares are available
has made the most obvious connection between maps and
travel by putting it on hard-sided luggage. Each of the
three pieces in its Journey spinner set has a different
section of the planet emblazoned on it. For more light
on the subject, there is Shiner Internationalís
hanging Globe lamps, which come in an antique look or
the standard schoolroom version in three sizes.
known for its lacquers, has the Fenwick Chart Table in
16 colors. It retails for $2,075 and can be made with
any nautical chart on top. The new Chappy Wrap blanket
in a 100 percent cotton jacquard weave for $120. Go to www.chappywrap.com
time is of the essence, head to Urban Outfitters for
your Around the World leather watch for $34. The face
shows India and surrounding countries. Itís available