Somehow recently I see maps all sorts of places, used in very new and inspiring ways.. (must be my desire to travel, though most of them incorporate NYC, my favorite City ever). Look how incredible these are. via papertastebuds.
Karen O'Leary literally cuts out the lines of actual maps to create a grid. That is craftsmenship at it’s finest.
But also her pen and ink versions are gorgeous. Graphic, and modern. I just ordered one for my house (will look great with my Agnes Martins). Karen says she's inspired to take the ordinary and elevating it to something more beautiful using simple methods. She's clearly succeeding. Take a look at the other maps available at her etsy shop. And, she'll even custom make a map for your City !
I also love these by Gail Biederman. Embroidered onto linen and paper and even as wall installations. So beautiful.
On a more utilitarian note, I recently bought this Muji hankie. I’m thinking of using it as a fabric and sewing something with it ... maybe a pillow ?! Or then again they would make fun napkins to go along with these paper placemats. And then while I eat, I can stare at the map and dream of all the places I will go .... in my favorite City ever. Happy travels.