‘Maps get us around, but they also hold our memories,’ says artist and entrepreneur Nikki Gunn Rodenbeck. ‘Personalised maps become something of a visual story of your life, either in the present, past, or future.’
To explore the sentimentalities of our personal geographies, Rodenbeck recently launched Soft Cities, where you can order cuddly textile maps of just about anywhere on earth, with personalised markers denoting any special location that’s close to your heart.
‘The customer provides addresses of their favourite restaurant or bar, park, or school and I feed it back into the OSM map,’ Rodenbeck says. ‘It’s fun to tell them they’ve contributed to OSM by putting their town ‘on the map!’
In addition, Soft Cities donate 5% of each sale back to OpenStreetMap, which probably makes this the only blanket you can buy that can help improve the way we see and explore the world.