The exquisite Columbus Kiel Illuminated Glass Desktop Globe 16 Inch stuns with its brilliant design and artisanal construction. The hand blown glass sphere is 16 inches in diameter but stands 20 inches tall when cradled by the brushed stainless steel base. A tubular half-meridian frames the blue ocean world globe.
The Kiel features Columbus' signature DUO map. When the desktop globe is not illuminated, the political map is displayed, however, with the flip of the light switch, qualities from a physical map emerge on the sphere. The world globe's illumination features brilliant colors that fill up a room with their warm tones. When not illuminated, the political map highlights the national divisions that break up landmasses into a patchwork of pastel shades along with an abundance of place names and other geographical information.
The meticulous German craftsmanship and design means that this desktop globe is a handmade work of art. Columbus is, to this day, the only manufacturer that still hand blows glass globes. That allows their world globe's illumination and geographic detail to burst forth in great clarity. Furthermore, the Kiel's DUO map was hand cut and applied piece by piece. The Columbus Kiel Illuminated Glass Desktop Globe 16 Inch is a beautiful decorative accent to a tabletop surface in the home or office. Put this world globe on a desk, bookshelf or coffee table and enjoy its design and cartographic merits for a lifetime to come!
I recently received my Kiel globe and I cannot stop staring at it. The detail will give me hours of fascination. It was made with true craftsmanship that has created something that is clearly one of my treasured works of art. The illumination surprised me most of all as when it is lit in a darkened room, it reminds me of the famous Apollo 8 photograph of earth rising against the blackness of space. Simply gorgeous!
The blue political globe looks great when framed by the smooth silver stand. I love my Kiel globe. I've had it for some time now and it's an endless source of fascination and attention. It always gets comments from guests when they're at my home. Thanks!