It often feels like we’re shackled to our desks. Summer is on its way, and a whole wide world can be glimpsed just beyond our office blinds — at once ripe for exploring and just out of reach. But, while most workers solely stoke their wanderlust with lunchtime scrolls through Instagram, we prefer to add a more tactile touch to our daydreaming.
Enter the humble globe. The ideal gentleman’s desk accessory, these hand-painted, delicately decorated objects will introduce a touch of the traditional to your office. And not only that, they’ll also give you the chance to plan your next globe-trotting getaway — even when you’re checking your emails.
Few things beat a classic, small desk globe
It is important, however, to remember to keep your globe a sensible size. Anything too large will overcrowd your desk and — rather than showing off your eye for desk decor — will just scream out how much you wish you were somewhere other than the office.
Bellerby Walnut Albion
Linley Blue Mini Desk Globe
John Lewis & Partners Globe
And it really is true what they say about good things; they do indeed come in small packages. Just take a look at this Bellerby globe — crafted by hand, the ‘Albion’ sits on a walnut base and features an innovative roller-bearing mechanism. Not only that, but the North London brand also offers bespoke cartographical touches — to really ensure you make your world your own.
Linley’s Blue Mini Desk Globe is too painted using Sennelier watercolours, and comes mounted on a similar walnut base to Bellerby’s. Or, if you’re saving for your next trip, John Lewis’ sleek, pared back offering won’t break the bank — but will still offer daily inspiration for your inner, intrepid explorer.
Put a spin on your globe with these edgier options
Of course, even if you opt for a smaller globe, there’s the chance that you won’t be able to justify the space it takes up on your desk. So, if you’re looking for something that functions beyond the purely decorative, why not put a spin on your globe and make it multipurpose?
Laguna Desk Drinks Globe
Eichholtz Antique Brass Globe
Mova Satellite View Globe
Take this Laguna desk globe, for instance. By day, it may look like an innocent desk decoration — but when the overtime starts taking its toll, you can open it up and pull out one of your best bottles of whisky from inside. Alternatively, find a globe that stands out, such as this Eichholtz brass option, with an etched zodiac band — or Mova’s satellite view globe, complete with cloud cover.
A globe not good enough for a Father’s Day present? Check out last week’s Editor’s Picks for more gift-giving inspiration…