Literature & Maps Combined: Readable Amsterdam

One of the latest additions to my map collection at home: this Leesbaar Amsterdam map of Amsterdam. Created by Yolanda Huntelaar, Louis Stiller and Erik Nieuwenhuis, this map guides you through the city through quotes from literature, poems and songs. It’s cleverly designed showing you streets, water, parks etc filled up with quotes that actually match the location on the map perfectly. It is possible to wander through literature by simply looking at the map. Or, to stroll down the streets of your city and learn more about authors or singers with a strong connection to your own neighbourhood.

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And after the big success of the literary map of Amsterdam, the map of Bergen will be presented this weekend. Bergen is a small town in the Netherlands with a very rich local history filled with authors and poets. So, if you like literature and maps, this might be a perfect gift for you. Best to be combined with a trip to Amsterdam and/or Bergen of course, so this could be your perfect excuse for a city trip! You’re welcome.

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Fractal beauty

Have you ever seen these maps by Emily Garfield? These are maps of imaginary places (and, also of existing cities). The structure of the drawings is ‘inspired by the visual language of maps and the fractal similarity that cities share with biological processes such as the patterns of cells and neurons’. I am really not an expert in biological processes but I immediately see what she means. And I love them: these seem to be cities you want to wander around en get lost in. Enjoy your (imaginary) city trip this Sunday afternoon!

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All images: Emily Garfield Art.

Map your Interior

Looking for a pretty map to spice up your interior? Here are some suggestions:

I love this black one: a stylish option if you want to add some cartography to your home but you don’t like the look and feel of ‘regular’ world maps.
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You might already know I absolutely love this website created by Waag Society showing the age of buildings in the Netherlands. You can order a map detail here.
Citysdk Waag Society Map

Or, think about ordering a ‘general’ topographic map. We ordered one to decorate our hallway in our new home (we glued this map onto some hardboard, easy does it):
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Polder Map Scarf

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.

The scarf only costs 55 euros: Go for it!

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Good Night Jewellery – Wake Up Post

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!

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Maps + Typography = Double Joy

Some things just don’t need much of an introduction. Check out Mala: a typeface family that is dedicated to cartography. It’s created by Barbara BigosiƄska who says: ‘My goal was to break a bit the boredom in cartography which is nowadays mostly computer-generated and thought a bit of human touch would do some good.’ She succeeded if you ask me: great variations in this one typeface family.

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London Subway by Susan Stockwell

Lazy sundays are perfect to flip through my collection of map books. The Map as Art is one of my favourites (and was the first gift my boyfriend ever gave me. Good thinking of the guy!). This piece by Susan Stockwell is also in it: a London Subway map of red cotton that is stitched on calligraphy rice paper. Make sure to check out her website because she creates awesome art work. Happy sunday!

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London Subway by Susan Stockwell, 2007