With 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.
Maps 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 can’t 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 stylish course:
“We 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 travel.”
“All 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 … It’s endless!” said Heather Jernegan, owner of Not For Navigation (www.notfornavigation.com).