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Sectional Globes by Geografia

Japanese company Geografia, a division of the 90-year-old Marumo Printing Co., produces these handsome, sectional paper globes, designed by Japanese firm Drill, with architect Hajime Narukawa.

Packaged in a flat envelope, the globe’s frame and finishing sections require a very efficient assembly. Because of its shape, the globe sits naturally at 23.4 degrees, the same angle of Earth’s axis.

The collection includes several variations of the paper globe, from a glow-in-the-dark version (shown), that replicates the earth’s city lights at night, to globes left blank for filling in with coloured pencils, among other ingenious designs.

Starting at around $50; The Occasional Traveler carries a limited selection of Geografia globes online, and you can find a list of retailers (international) at Geografia.

Alt-J – Something Good

Directed by Brewer.

Oak by Stephen Taylor

Oak is artist Stephen Taylor’s three year study of a single, 250-year-old oak tree that stands in Essex, England. Shortly after the deaths of his mother and close friend, Taylor focused on producing multiple paintings of this oak tree over a three year period, in as many conditions as nature provided, changing seasons, and changing light. Not only is this an elegant project in observation and contemplation, but Taylor’s words and images leave the reader with a sense of appreciation for nature and its strength, as well as the artist’s process.

It’s also worth noting that Oak includes a forward by the brilliant Alain de Botton, with whom Taylor worked on The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.