Top Shops: Topping the Charts

With a modest two-paned window display framed by a dark blue facade, the Map House ( in the Knightsbridge section of London seems like an unassuming cartographer’s gallery when viewed from the street. Once inside, however, a customer quickly discovers the magnitude of the shop. Filling six galleries that stretch out over four buildings, the […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Power Trip

In 1768, when the future King Gustav II of Sweden gave this pair of finely detailed globes to the French duchess d’Enville, it was a gesture freighted with meaning. Made by Anders Akerman, Sweden’s best mapmaker, each globe was engraved with what was known about the earth and the heavens. The world still held mysteries: […]