Design Daily: Spring Mapkins From San Francisco’s Soft Cities


If you’ve never heard of Soft Cities, prepare to be charmed. The San Francisco company creates blankets and napkins featuring a map of your favorite location—in a supercute, arty iteration. Summer in my foggy neighborhood (SF’s Inner Sunset) definitely calls for a lightweight fleece blanket highlighting a slice of Golden Gate Park, but I’m totally loving the limited-edition run of new Mapkins for spring.  

The lively new palette includes emerald, fuschia, tangerine, teal and mint. They feel fresh thanks to designer Nikki Gunn Rodenbeck’s decision to strip out street names, markers, building labels and so forth to create a clean, color-block style. “They’re bold yet abstract, and much more artful than our typical map (which are awesome in their own right),” says Rodenbeck of the new style.  

Pick out your favorite neighboorhood and put in an order for these cute table toppers, which are $79 for a set of four (the Kona cotton Mapkins come as a set in a single color). What we really love: Each napkin is hand-sewn right here in San Francisco. 

This emerald green design features San Franciso’s beloved South Park.



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