February 17th, 2012

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.

Image 1. 2. & 3. by photographer Joakim Blockstrom as seen on desiretoinspire.



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