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Photos in this post by Coco of COCOCOZYClose up of an old map cut up and framed in sections

Was in chic Los Angeles store eccoLA and I saw this piece of art…well these pieces of art.

It is actually a huge interesting map…I think of old Rome…that has been cut apart, framed and then put back together again. Love it! Adds visual interest to what otherwise would have just been a huge map on a wall covered in glass.

Could be done in so many styles and with so many different kind of printed pieces…

I have a few vintage posters given to me years ago. I don’t think I would ever put them on my wall as they are because they just look like old posters (not anything collectible)…but maybe I could use this technique on them to make them more interesting to the eye? Thinking….I could give it a try!

Or if you have a photograph you love and aren’t necessarily into putting just plain huge photos on your wall as art, you could blow it up, cut it up and frame the pieces in cool wood or metal picture frames and hang.

Could see this used on a great photo blown up to cover an entire wall in a dining room for example!

Room with brick wall with an Old map cut up and framed in sections behind a glass viewing table, three armchairs and a coffee table with a glass table top and iron legs

Close up of the intersecting corners of a cut up and framed map
View of the entire map and it's black framed sections

What do you think? Any other ideas for making printed art interesting? What do you think of this decorating and design idea? Do weigh in!

Happy Thursday!


Photos in this post by Coco of COCOCOZY

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  1. I have done this. However the photo I used was a blown up, sepia photo of my child crying after a temper tantrum over a toy. I pulled out my camera, and just took a headshot. Of course that just peeved him off all the more! It is an amazing and comical piece of art. It is framed and it will soon fill our new dining room wall.

  2. At first I thought this was an old metal window frame. It’s a bunch of thin frames hung tightly together, right? I like this idea. I bet a window sash would work in a similar way, as frames for a large print or poster cut up.

  3. I love it, and we have a map of Paris grouping like that on our website. I’ve seen a scenic Zuber paper nicely framed up and used for large spaces, that the family has enjoyed in several houses. They can be made up in screens and placed behind a sofa, as well. You are preaching to the choir here!

  4. Not to detract from the idea, as I think it is a wonderful look, but that is a Nolli map of Rome and it was produced in 12 separate plates (plus several additional sheets). It is usually displayed this way. Obviously you can still use this technique for other maps but I thought I would offer additional insight to this particular map. Also, if you are interested in a Nolli map I believe there are some reasonable facsimiles out there.

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