Carefully crafted to convey a trove of information, maps can also be excellent tools in the interior designer's repertoire. Whether abstract or richly detailed, they can greatly shape any room in the house.
Designer Suchi Reddy crafted this family-friendly New York City apartment; the kids' playroom features built-in storage and a Fly pendant from Design Within Reach. Reddy purchased the mural from World Maps Online and the small table and chairs from Igloo Play.
Actors David Alan Basche and Alysia Reiner reworked their Harlem town house with an eco-sensibility and an eye for smarter spaces. Their daughter's 144-square-foot room now boasts a custom play area that comprises a reading nook, a loft bed with a secret passageway that opens just to the left of a built-in desk, and myriad storage options, all designed by Gus Deardoff, a theatrical set designer, and built by Peter Sobierajski of J&P Construction Services. The organic bedding is from The Canopy.
With its architectural history reaching back to the ancient Greeks, Syracuse, on the island of Sicily, has plenty of old bones. In 2001, while still students, native sons Francesco (now an architect) and Alberto (a photographer) bought a crumbling building that dates from the 18th century. Seven years—three of them spent on construction—and one UNESCO permitting process later, the Moncada brothers moved in: Francesco on the top two floors and Alberto on the first. Now the two globetrotting brothers, as well as Francesco’s girlfriend, architect Mafalda Rangel, use the place whenever they’re in Sicily. The modern interior, replete with furniture of Francesco’s design as well as a few Italian classics bought on eBay, serves as the perfect counterpoint to the weight of the town’s considerable history.
Francesco and Mafalda’s bedroom is open and playful with only a bit of Algue by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec guarding the stairs. The lamp was designed by Francesco himself and the decal on the wall is from My Vinilo.
An interior designer in Portland updated this 1950s home by a celebrated local architect; the kids' room is outfitted with a cheerful orange Case Study daybed from Modernica and a selection of vintage maps and artwork.
Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend retreat, two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo, is “an arresting concept,” photographer Dean Kaufman says, who documented the singular refuge in the Chichibu mountain range. “It’s finely balanced between rustic camping and feeling like the Farnsworth House.” Seen here is peek inside the bathroom, where a raised topographic map doubles as reading material and travel inspiration.
Resourceful sound mixer Brian Whitlock sourced some local design talent, rolls up his sleeves, and built this small, green, and affordable in Bozeman, Montana. A mustardy couch and a large map of the world—Whitlock travels all over the place for work—keep the living room bright and cheerful.