The Columbus Kempten Illuminated Desktop Globe 13 Inch sets the sumptuous blue ocean color against a rich wooden base. The narrow, minimally styled stainless steel half-meridian frames the 13 inch globe, which reaches 17 inches tall atop the Makassar wood stand. The brown hued base with the silver meridian and blue waters gives this world globe an unmistakably classy design.
The Kempten showcases Columbus' innovative DUO map. When the desktop globe is unlit, the political map is displayed on the surface of the sphere. The divisions of nations are shown on the landmasses, with countries colored in different and complementary pastel shades. Other cartographic information is depicted on the map like ocean currents and shipping lanes, along with myriad place names. However, illuminate the world globe and watch as the hints of a physical map come alive on its surface.
Despite the forward thinking DUO map technology that the Columbus globe proudly displays, it is the product of traditional artisanal construction. The map was hand cut and glued onto the surface of the acrylic globe by skilled craftspeople, in a painstaking and time consuming process. The elegant design of the Columbus Kempten Illuminated Desktop Globe 13 Inch makes it a quintessential tabletop addition. Whether headed for the home or office, this artistic world globe will fascinate passersby when presented on a desktop, bookshelf or coffee table.
The Kempten has a classic style. I ordered it a few weeks back. It looks great in my apartment.