Five Best Products Inspired By The Los Angeles Map


A few months ago we took a look at a series of coffee tables inspired by the state of California. Taking local to a new level, we’re looking at the best products inspired by the complex, confusing and often beautiful map of L.A. There’s no shortage of them – a quick search on Etsy reveals a plethora of pendants that incorporate the map. But we’re looking for products that take it up another notch.

This tray features most of L.A. – Hollywood, Venice and and Beverly Hills are all represented (no mention, though, of Conde Nast Traveler favorite Echo Park). The tray is decoupaged with a black-and-white map of the city from 1959.

This archival art print of L.A. is mounted on an 8″ x 10″ stained Birch wood block (1-1/2″ deep). Each wood block is signed by the artist on the back and best of all, it’s extremely affordable at $39.

We LOVE these incredible wine bottle stoppers imbued with maps of L.A. (and elsewhere), torn from a book in the artist’s collection. The stopper tops are 1 inch in diameter and magnified by a clear dome of glass and costs just $30. 

Expanding beyond just L.A., this plate pays winking homage to California’s agricultural legacy. This hand-thrown and hand-painted green and white plate is fired with a decal map of CA that depicts the states agricultural and industrial products circa 1968. The map is custom made from a 1968 encyclopedia and costs $45.

Last but certainly not least is this amazing rug by David Hanauer. Using Google Earth screenshots, Hanauer creates rugs with an abstract, aerial view of the city. The birds-eye view recalls both old-fashioned Persian rugs yet draw on satellite images. They’re available for purchase (price upon request) from his web site.

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