The Magic of Vintage Globes and Decorating Ideas With Globes
I really have a weakness for vintage globes. What I consider a very appealing characteristic is that they were made with such a wide variety of colors. There are vintage globes printed in pastels, primary colors and some in nearly neon colors. Another thing I love about globes is they way they invoke a wistfulness about travel and where we could go, not necessarily places we will visit. They represent possibility and adventure. They also represent change. Depending on the age of a globe, some countries may not yet exist and others may no longer exist at all. This is the very thing that helps to date a globe.
There are many vintage globes around our office as part of the owner’s personal collection. Displayed in groups they have a great impact. You can appreciate the differences in size, color and design. Most of the vintage globes in the office are made of hand applied printed paper over a cardboard ball. The frame and base are usually metal. One, in particular, is very interesting in that the base is hollow and in that space sits a small world atlas. This model must have been used in classrooms as an aid for teaching geography.
World globes need not be vintage to be interesting; reproduction globes can be just as exciting as an old one. Take a look at this reproduction of a 1930s travel agent globe. Featuring a Super Constellation airplane in polished aluminum, this globe was designed to promote air travel and remind potential customers of how small the world has become with this ability.
Decorating with globes is a lot of fun. Clustering several vintage globes on a side table or on top of a shelf creates a beautiful vignette. Arranged together, globes of different styles add interest and drama to a room. Placing one globe among a grouping of books or one of your other collections creates an academic, timeless feel. At least I think so!
A globe is a great way to add a mid-century look in a home. Adding a single world globe can enhance an arrangement of decor items on a side table or desk. Grouping three or more globes can make a statement and become a design element when placed together. Another decorating idea is to use the globes in a whole new way like the one I came across on Pinterest. In this pin, at least two dozen illuminated globes had been suspended from a ceiling. It was a very cool effect as they cast a very subtle glow. This would be inspiring in a child’s room, especially for budding adventurers.
One thing is for sure: these beautiful vintage pieces that were once only found in classrooms or home offices have come into their own as a unique design element in their own right.