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Yes, I am living and working in Vienna, Austria right now.  I know you expected my first post about design in Vienna to be about epic moldings, or something like that, but it is actually going to be about globes!  

After spending a day walking around the city, I wasn't up to doing a big art museum, so I decided to pop into the Globe Museum (I know, super random).   But it was fabulous!  Rooms and rooms of globes! 

I didn't know much about globes going in, but now I know....a little bit.  I know that globes used to be made in pairs: terrestrial and celestial.   I know that moon globes have a blank side because we don't know what the back of the moon looks like.  I know that topography globes aren't to scale (they use a height multiplier) because you would barely be able to see Mt. Everest. And I know that I want one.

 

Old celestial globe.  The illustrations of the constellations are perfection.

Old celestial globe.  The illustrations of the constellations are perfection.

New-ish celestial globe.

New-ish celestial globe.

Celestial and terrestrial globe pair.  They look awesomely mid-century

Celestial and terrestrial globe pair.  They look awesomely mid-century

Celestial and terrestrial book ends

Celestial and terrestrial book ends

Topography globe

Topography globe

Moon globe

Moon globe

Have you been noticing globes popping up everywhere lately?  I feel like every well decorated room has a globe in the corner.  And I'm not complaining.  

Jade-Snow Carroll and Ian Rasch own and decorated this home, designed my Adam Rolston (my cousin!) via NYTimes

Jade-Snow Carroll and Ian Rasch own and decorated this home, designed my Adam Rolston (my cousin!) via NYTimes

Globes aren't just popping up on side tables.  There has been an obvious trend in globes being turned into lights.  Typically they are halved and hung as a pendant, or a light is inserted into one so that it glows.  

via Apartment Therapy.  Follow the link to learn how to make one.

via Apartment Therapy.  Follow the link to learn how to make one.

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