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Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Enhance Your Home Decor With These Three Styles

    Interior Design

    columbus_floor_globes_slide3-2While our last blog post dealt with the differences in Columbus' maps, there are other factors to take into account when finding the perfect globe to fit the home decor of your home or office. There are many different design styles that a room can have, and with these three different stands of our floor globes, we wanted to shine the light on a couple different directions you can go in. With our most popular floor globes in the $1,000 range, there are three main styles of bases to consider to match the beauty of the hand-blown glass sphere. With each of the different stands though, one can still get any of the map options, including the DUO, DUORAMA, ROYAL and DUO ALBA.


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  • 4 Innovative & Bold Map Styles

    Relentless Innovation

    historisch_04Ever since the company was formed in Germany over 100 years ago, Columbus has been on the forefront of innovation within the globe industry. As a leader in design and quality manufacturing, Columbus has been relentless in its desire to push the globe world into the future while maintaining its artisan manufacturing process. Around the middle of last century, Columbus invented the two-map DUO technology. By placing one map on the interior of the globe and another on its exterior, when the globe became illuminated, a different map is presented than when it the light is turned off. Using this principal, Columbus collection is now based on four different two-map styles. As the first company to come up with this brilliant and dynamic transforming design sensibility, the German manufacturer help keep up its reputation as the boldest globe maker in the industry.



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  • 2 Luxurious Must-See New Swarovski Globes

    New Globes

    swaroskieditedWe are gearing up to unveil a whole line of brand new models this year at Columbus Globes. However, before we do that, we wanted to highlight the two newest globes in our collection that you may have missed, as they became available during the hectic holiday season. Last year, Columbus teamed up with the luxury jeweler Swarovski to create two unforgettable world globes. These extravagant desktop globes feature Zirconia stones on their surface that come alive with light, adding to the lavish beauty of the already extraordinary Columbus world globes. Using both the blue ocean Rothenburg and the antique ocean Vienna models as inspirations, these new globes feature the best of what both Columbus and Swarovski have to offer. Enjoy both of these globes when they are blending in with the timeless décor of your home or office, and as night falls, switch on the internal light bulb, and watch as your family and guests are mesmerized with the illuminated beauty of these unforgettable globes. Without further ado, here are the fruits of the memorable collaboration between two titans of luxury products, Columbus and Swarovski.

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  • More Innovative Globe Makers from History

    Johannes Schöner

    shoner_globeJohannes Schöner was a German globe maker. In addition to his geographic achievements, he was a also priest, astronomer, cosmographer, cartographer and mathematician, amongst other talents. While in Bamberg in the 16th century, he started publishing maps and globes while working as a professor of math. His first globe was a celestial globe, in the early 1500's. He made a series of printed globes that were highly influential, and remain amongst the first in history to include America, along with Antarctica. However, in his early globes, America was depicted as part of Asia. In accompanying writings he said of the New World, “the Genoese Columbus and Americo Vespucci reaching only the coastal parts of those lands from Spain across the Western Ocean, considered them to be an island which they called America.”


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  • 4 of the Most Important Globe Makers in History

    4. James Wilson

    wilson celestial globeJames Wilson brought globe making to the Americas. He was the first globe maker in the United States. At the end of the 18th century, Wilson taught himself cartography after buying an encyclopedia. He got his start making maps for children. However, after seeing Dartmouth College's collection of European globes, he started making his own spherical models. He mastering copper engraving from studying under an expert and opened America's first globe factory in 1813 . There, Wilson and made his first production globe, which he sold for $50. His models turned out to be very commercially successful, and he started expanding his line to include celestial and terrestrial globes. Making products from papier-mâché, Wilson was able to sell his globes for an affordable price, opening up the market to both homes and schools. Wilson globes remain highly sought after, and many have survived history to live on to this day.


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