It’s been a while since my last post. One of my new year resolutions is: pick up where I left it with Maps and the City. There is still plenty of cool map stuff going on, so let’s hit it!
Curious to know what kind of content you guys are looking for here at Maps and the City! Is it design or art with maps, is it map gifts you’re looking for. Or do you want more about exhibitions and books, or city development topics, or more fashion and accessories. Or maybe city trips with map related things to do? As you can see, my head is spinning with ideas. But please share your thoughts in the comments below or reach out by email!
Here at Maps and the City, we are a huge fan of map inspired fashion. Look at this great example: this scarf is Dutch design by Studio Geanne. The design is called ‘Ingepolderd’, paying tribute to the Dutch habit of impoldering (creating polders). The fabric is produced in California and the scarfs are made in the Dutch city The Hague.
I can pretend it did not take ages since my last post, but that would be unfair. I haven’t had much time for Maps and the City lately, which is a shame. Was there not enough cool map stuff out there? Definitely not! There’s more than enough beautiful and cool design things going on. So the good news is, I’m back with loads of inspiration. Here we go, let’s start with one of my recent finds on Etsy:
These cufflinks, rings and necklace pendants are handmade and called Good Night Rome, Good Night Berlin, Good Night Warsaw: you get the idea. The image on this jewellery is based on satellite night photos. The artist (Simon from FruitBijoux) added some gold metal particles to the surface to create a shimmering view on the city. Very pretty if you ask me!
I sure can’t wait until my order comes in. Here’s a first preview of a collection of map scarfs by Barentsz Urban Fabric, that will be presented soon. Stay tuned here on Maps and the City and on their own Facebook page, because you’re probably gonna like these as much as I do!
I’m just back home from a trip to the West Coast of the United States of America. Wow, what a beautiful sceneries, great cities and good vibes. If I want to keep California top of mind, I can wear it pretty close to my heart. It’s a State of Mind. Lovely idea if you ask me.
While having a coffee at KOKO Coffee & Design in Amsterdam (great spot because of the way the place looks plus: the coffee is amazing), I noticed these T-shirts and shoppers with city maps. Designer René Tim is fascinated by cities and wanted to capture the energy of the city in these designs. The result is called TIMcity. High-quality T-shirts and shoppers with Paris, New York City, Barcelona or Amsterdam: a clean map lay out, soft materials. G-R-E-A-T! (you can buy them online and at various hotspots).
Map fashion galore! Fashionblogger Leroy from Commedesleroi.com gave me a map alert about this SS2013 women collection by Christopher Raeburn. No surprise there, I love it! (All images: Copyright Christopher Raeburn)
If you ask me, Fashion & Maps are a great match. Another (actually quite tight) example is this collection of Black Milk Clothing. They have all kinds of cool prints but this one is obviously my favourite. I like the leggings most! Great description in the webshop: “I designed these leggings after getting a lot of complaints from girls that they didn’t have any clothes that would allow them to relate to pirates and other mariners from the 17th century – in the event that they were accidentally transported back in time. So I made these. Now all is well.” (Oh and they have free shipping throughout November, hooray!).
Last year I blogged about a ring of the highway around Amsterdam. Two weeks ago I found this jewel of a map ring of Amsterdam at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. Map rings are hot! This ring is done by designer Jutta Regitz, her label is called Rille and consists of bags, pins and rings made from old school maps.
When you browse Pinterest with a specific word you find tons of nice examples. Turns out there is a whole lot of map rings out there (all rings below are found in this overview)!