I’m sucker for ephemera in general, maps in particular. For some, maps don’t fall into this category as they consider ephemera those things on paper that aren’t meant for keeping — you know, things like postcards, games cards, ticket stubs, old invoices. But I argue that maps are continually updated and old ones trashed. Admit it, it’s the reason there are so many great old maps at flea market stalls. But as much as I love maps, I have never ever been so excited to see them in a room than in these images by photographer Joakim Blockstrom:
The sheer size of these maps filling the walls is glorious. From the look of it, I think the designer and/or homeowner scanned smaller maps had them blown up real big. That would explain the glossaries and scales written on the sides. Now I am on the search for the perfect map to make big and fill a wall. Using these as examples of perfection, I now know to keep the colour palette very limited, hopefully find maps on a creamy white ground, and include the type on the side. Again, perfection.