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Floating Wood Maps are unique maps that hover off the wall, customized to any geographic region.
Floating Wood Maps are unique maps that hover off the wall, customized to any geographic region.
112 backers pledged $15,979 to help bring this project to life.

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 Floating Maps: Wood Maps that Really Stand Out 

Cape Cod, Massachusetts (18" x 24")
Cape Cod, Massachusetts (18" x 24")

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. 

Extra Large Map of the World (36" x 72")
Extra Large Map of the World (36" x 72")

The Design 

Africa (23"x35")
Africa (23"x35")

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. 

Features included in our maps
Features included in our maps

The Process    

Customize your map and we design it for you
Customize your map and we design it for you

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.     

Comparitive Size of Maps
Comparitive Size of Maps
Middle Earth LOR (23"x35")
Middle Earth LOR (23"x35")

The Easy Install

 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.

Why Kickstarter?

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.    

Mapster Screenshot, Version 0.1
Mapster Screenshot, Version 0.1

About Us

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.     

Click the image to watch our recent profile on Reuters TV
Click the image to watch our recent profile on Reuters TV

LED Backlight!

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. 

If you like our work, please support our campaign.   Also, please help us to spread the word with the social links below.      

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 Mounting the World Map (Video)

Italy (23" x 35")
Italy (23" x 35")
The World (36" x 72")
The World (36" x 72")
USA (23" x 35")
USA (23" x 35")
India (18" x 24")
India (18" x 24")
Africa (23"x35")
Africa (23"x35")
Africa (23" x 35"), Engraving Detail
Africa (23" x 35"), Engraving Detail
Europe (23" x 35"), Zoom Detail
Europe (23" x 35"), Zoom Detail
USA (23" x 35")
USA (23" x 35")
New York State Map (18" x 24")
New York State Map (18" x 24")
Extra Large World Map (36" x 72")
Extra Large World Map (36" x 72")
California with Backlit LED (23"x35")
California with Backlit LED (23"x35")
France (18" x 24")
France (18" x 24")
Italy (23" x 35")
Italy (23" x 35")
What kind of Kickstarter doesn't have a Coasters Reward?
What kind of Kickstarter doesn't have a Coasters Reward?

 Yes, get a solid wood coaster of any continent country, state or province in the world.  Engraved region border and region name, or customize your own label. 

Risks and challenges

The only feasible risk is wear and tear on the hardware, which with a successful campaign can be repaired, Also if lightning strikes us -- that would be quite a challenge.

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    Wooden Coaster With Engraved Country

    A 4-inch circular solid wood coaster with your chosen country border and name engraved on it.

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    4 Wooden Coasters With Engraved Country

    Four 4-inch circular solid wood coasters with your chosen country or state border and text engraved inside.

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    One Medium-Size Custom Floating Wood Map

    Laser cut and engraved wooden map of a geographical region of your choosing. Features can be added to map including rivers, roads, lakes, political areas and labels.

    Comes with wall mounts and alignment template for non-continuous areas, Designed to fit inside a 18" x 24" space (30" diagonal).

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    One Medium-Size Custom Floating Wood Map

    Laser cut and engraved wooden map of a geographical region of your choosing. Features can be added to map including rivers, roads, lakes, political areas and labels.

    Comes with wall mounts and alignment template for non-continuous areas, Designed to fit inside a 18" x 24" space (30" diagonal).

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    One Large-Size Custom Floating Wood Map

    Laser cut and engraved wooden map of a geographical region of your choosing. Features can be added to map including rivers, roads, lakes, political areas and labels.

    Comes with wall mounts and alignment template for non-continuous areas, Designed to fit inside a 23" x 35" space (42" diagonal).

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    One Large-Size Custom Floating Wood Map

    Laser cut and engraved wooden map of a geographical region of your choosing. Features can be added to map including rivers, roads, lakes, political areas and labels.

    Comes with wall mounts and alignment template for non-continuous areas, Designed to fit inside a 23" x 35" space (42" diagonal).

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    One LED Backlight Medium Floating Map

    Same reward as "Medium-Size Custom Floating Wood Map", but with remote controlled LED Backlight.

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    One LED Backlight Large Floating Map

    Same reward as "One Large-Size Custom Floating Wood Map", but with remote controlled LED Backlights.

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    Two Medium-Sized Maps (save on shipping)

    2 of Medium-Size Map above, save on shipping and ship together.

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    Two Large-Size Maps, (save on shipping)

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    Extra Large World Map

    Our Extra Large World Map at 36" x 72" (91cm x 183 cm), made from solid Birch wood. Details include political boundaries, country names, large lakes, rivers, mountain peaks and all islands large enough to attach to the wall. Comes with templates to align the continents to each other.

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    Extra Large World Map with Backlit LED

    Our Extra Large World Map at 36" x 72" (91cm x 183 cm), made from solid Birch wood. Details include political boundaries, country names, large lakes, rivers, mountain peaks and all islands large enough to attach to the wall. Comes with templates to align the continents to each other.

    Comes with multiple LEDs and remote control affixed behind all the large land masses. Can be set to any color, also has multiple effects such as strobe, fade, flash and smooth transitions.

    In Robinson Projection.

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    Combo: 1 World LED & 2 Large LED Maps

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    WHOLESALE - 20 Medium Maps (30% Off)

    One exclusive area, 20 maps at over 30% off retail price. This reward is perfect for tourist shops, online catalogues and other bulk sellers.

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    Laser cut and engraved wooden map of a geographical region of your choosing. Features can be added to map including rivers, roads, lakes, political areas and labels.

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    WHOLESALE - 20 Large Maps (30% Off)

    One exclusive area, 20 maps at 30% off retail price. This reward is perfect for tourist shops, online catalogues and other bulk sellers.

    Same reward as Large map:
    Laser cut and engraved wooden map of a geographical region of your choosing. Features can be added to map including rivers, roads, lakes, political areas and labels.

    Comes with wall mounts, Designed to fit inside a 23" x 35" space (42" diagonal).

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