Introducing a new type of wall art, “Floating Maps”. They are custom wood maps that break out of the frame and hover off the wall. The Maps are precision laser-cut from hand-stained solid Birch wood and engraved with cartographic details. While most wall art is traditionally rectangular, these pieces are shaped to their geography. Instead of thinking outside the box, we’ve cast off the box altogether.
Our first Kickstarter helped launch our custom map-making company, Meridian Maps. With this campaign we’re creating a new type of map that is both eye-catching and affordable. Professional mapping software is used so they are custom-made to any place in the world.
These unique works make great conversation pieces and are fantastic gift ideas.
Every map is made from sheets of birch wood. The wood is hand sanded, stained and finished to accentuate the grain. Mapping software is used to design a model of the area. Cities, rivers, roads and other geographical features are imported as desired. This model is then sent to the laser cutter, which engraves all the details and cuts out the perimeter to a precision of 5 thousandths of an inch.
Each piece comes with 3M wall-safe mounts and a template to align separate pieces. It attaches easily and quickly, and the piece hovers half an inch from the wall to give the illusion of Floating.
With the money raised, we are looking to develop Mapster, a free online interface which allows customers to design custom maps of any region in the world. This will let us offer maps that are much more affordable, including letting people download their designs in vector format. Mapster will generate a rendering on the fly of how the final wood map will look. Customers can choose which features to overlay on the map -- roads, rivers, custom annotations and so on.
Mapster automates much of the design process and will export a vector map that is laser cutter-friendly and anyone can use. Supporting this Kickstarter will help us to get Mapster fully operational.
Meridian Maps, is a small startup based in Ridgewood, New York. Our passion for maps turned into a business with the successful funding of our first Kickstarter featuring topographic wood maps. Our startup was recently profiled by Reuters, which can be seen below to learn more about us.
In addition, you can select the LED Backlight Reward. Your map will come with the LED Backlight attached to the map's back with a variety of color options. The color glows from behind in normal lighting, and creates a vibrant silhouette when the lights are off.
The LED comes with a remote control that controls the color and offers a variety of cool transition effects such as smooth, fade and strobe.
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Yes, get a coaster of any country, state or province in the world. Engraved region border and region name, or pick your own text.