This past Christmas (2014) my son asked us for a lamp for his room. He does have a ceiling fan light but it’s very bright. He just wanted a small lamp he could keep on his dresser so he can light up the room without it being too bright.
A lamp? A lamp doesn’t exactly sound like a fun gift idea. But if he wanted a lamp, we’ll get him a lamp.
I just didn’t want to get him any old lamp. I wanted something that I knew he would enjoy.
I was introduced to a company called Map Is Art. Map Is Art turns maps into coasters, canvas prints, clocks, prints, serving trays and you guessed it – lamps!
Originally I was looking at getting a canvas print of where we live. When I put in our address on the Map Is Art website I realized that the area we live in doesn’t look all that interesting. We live in the suburbs of New York City, but there is nothing interesting where we live to make the map look exciting.
Here is where we live (without the road names for our protection).
How boring is that? We don’t have any lakes, rivers, mountains or parks in the area to add interest and color to our Map Is Art print.
I put in some other addresses and they came up with parks, highways and lakes which adds more color and detail to the prints.
Map Is Art created a beautiful lamp for me out of a map of New York City. I could have had the major roadways labeled but it would have made the map look too “busy” and it would be hard to appreciate it as much.
Here is the map lamp from Map Is Art that we gave to our son. I took a photo of it in light and in the dark. The photos were taken before Christmas (we tested out the lamp before we wrapped it), so please disregard the holiday decorations.
It looks much nicer in person especially at night. The map seems to “glow.”
I’m sure you can see why I went with a map of NYC instead of where we live. It has much more detail and color.
My son LOVES his new lamp. He also knew right away that it was a map of New York City, which makes it even more special because he loves the city so much. It’s a great lamp too. It’s very well made.
The lamp does NOT come with a light bulb. You’ll have to pick up one for the lamp.
With Map Is Art you can have products made out of any address or location around the world!
Here is an example for London, England.
Here is the same map turned into a clock, serving tray and a lamp.
You might be wondering why anyone would want a glossy print, canvas print, lamp, tray, coasters or clock make from a map. My answer would be “Why not.”
These products would be a wonderful way to remember your honeymoon (have a Map Is Art product made up from your honeymoon destination). They would also make a perfect new homeowner gift. I think a Map Is Art product made from your childhood home address would also make a great gift for yourself or someone else.
If you travel these products would be a great way to celebrate your favorite travel destinations.
Map Is Art products range in prince from $10 – $89. The lamp, like the one we gave our son, is $59.
If you would like to learn more about Map Is Art, or give it a “test drive” (input the address or location you are interested in and see how it looks on the products) visit MapIsArt.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.
Map Is Art is looking to add to their product line. Keep an eye out for possible products like ties and skirts.
What do you think about Map Is Art? Does it look like something you’d want for your home or that you’d give as a gift? Feel free to share your thoughts.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.