Globes in a home serve as functional art. These educational spheres can be colorful or pleasingly patinated. Those that spin add a touch of whimsy to a space. A collection of antique globes can call to mind a "cabinet of curiosities." Whether in a boy's bedroom or a leather-filled library, globes hint at travels taken or journeys yet to come . . . 

Boys' bedroom.
Townhouse in Belgium owned by Anne-Marie Midy and Jorge Almada of Casamidy.
Photography by Simon Upton.
Text by Ingrid Abramovitch.
"New World Order" produced by Anita Sarsidi.
Elle Decor (May 2011).

Boys' bedroom.
Home of Dana and David Porter and sons in Fort Worth, Texas.
Interior design by Joseph Minton.
Photography by Emily Minton Redfield.
Written by Candace Ord Manroe.

"A Spanish portrait of a child hangs above a table designed by Frederic Malle and a Vincent Corbiere bed in the guest room; the red box is a fragrance diffuser from Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle."
Fifth Avenue apartment of perfumer Frederic Malle and his family.
Photography by Thomas Loof.
Text by Mitchell Owens.
Styled by Michael Reynolds.

"A George III chair upholstered in a Ralph Lauren Home jute-cotton and an antique shipping chest in a guest room; the walls are painted in Conch Shell by Benjamin Moore."
Southampton, New York home of Scott Currie, 
vice president of global communications for Elie Tahari.
Photography by Roger Davies.
Styled by Carlos Mota.
"A Chic Retreat in the Hamptons" by Mitchell Owens.
Elle Decor (July - August 2009).

In the foyer, a "lighthouse newel post crafted by Paul Flammang sets the tone. Custom compass-pattern stenciled floor by Adam Lowenbein. Lantern by Paul Ferrante. Round table with globe as base designed by Baratta. Braided rug by Diamond."
Summer house on the Cape.
Photography by Tria Giovan.
"Whimsy by the Sea" by Elizabeth Gaynor.

"[Michael] McGarry's study has a trestle-base desk and Lucite chair by IKEA, a butterfly collection found at a Paris flea market, and a vintage globe displayed on a set of Encyclopedia Britannica's Great Books of the Western World
the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Soot."
1890s Harlem brownstone apartment of decorator Elaine Griffin and her husband, psychoanalyst Michael McGarry
Interior design by Elaine Griffin.
Photography by Joshua McHugh.
Styled by Peter Frank.
Text by Nancy Haas.
"Harlem His and Hers"
Elle Decor (May 2011).

"Dealer Kinsey Marable built the library's varied book collection based on the owners' interests; he also supplied the 19th-century ladder and antique globe."
Home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Interior design by Richard Keith Langham.
Photography by Pieter Estersohn.
Text by Julia Reed.
"State of Grace" produced by Howard Christian.
Architectural Digest (March 2011).

Antique globe in Great Room.
Marblehead, Massachusetts getaway of Hiroko and Harry Lange.
Interior design by Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat of Terrat Elms Interior Design.
Architect: Ron Margolis of Margolis and Fishman Inc.
Photography by Gordon Beall.
Text by Krissa Rossbund.
"Marblehead Beauty" produced by Estelle Bond Guralnick.

"Collections of old globes and scientific instruments bring classical design to this 
'Natural History' family room."
Interior design by Jill Morris.
Photography by Chuck Baker.

"A French sunburst clock casts its gilded rays upon a decorative Irish server displaying a small collection of antique globes and shoes. 
'Walking and traveling go together,' says the owner."
1820s Colonial home in New Jersey decorated by the late Albert Hadley.
Text by Carol Prisant.
Photography by Simon Watson.

"Bed covered in Ralph Lauren Home ticking, Yves Delorme linens, and an orange Hermes blanket. Shaggy rope chair from Holly Hunt. Globe collection. 
Art by Michael Allen Lowe (Wally Findlay Galleries) on easel."
Guest room designed by Benjamin W. Bradley and David Thiergartner of 

"Prints and drawings by Pablo Picasso, Carolyn Carr, and others fill a wall in the family room, above a drafting table bearing a picturesque arrangement of antique globes."
Buckhead (Atlanta, Georgia) home of decorator Suzanne Kasler.
Interior design by Suzanne Kasler.
Architectural renovation by William T. Baker and Associates.
Photography by Pieter Estersohn.
Text by Jen Renzi.
"A Perfect Union" produced by Howard Christian.
Architectural Digest (April 2012).


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