Sure, there are apps you can download that will show you what stars are in the sky, but like photos, sometimes you just can't beat paper. Stellavie Stellar Map Prints (€70; roughly $95) are 50cm x 70cm prints — or about 20" by 27.5" — that show the constellations and stars seen in either the northern or southern skies. Hand-printed with custom-mixed inks, hand-numbered and -signed, and available in four colorways — gold on white, silver on black, gold on black, or white on blue — they make a great addition to any room that also plays host to a telescope.
While it doesn't really have anything to do with water, we suppose the Splash Coat Rack ($280) could justify its name thanks to its vaguely splash-like shape. Crafted from powder-coated steel and walnut, this stylish rack offers four spires on which to hang your coats, hats, bags, scarfs, and small children, preferably by their belt loops. Okay, maybe that last suggestion is a bit silly — they might be too heavy.
Perfect for a nautical-themed office, den, or beach house, these Below The Boat Wood Charts ($130-$300) let you celebrate your favorite bodies of water in exquisite detail. Laser cut and hand crafted, each bathymetric chart is made from sheets of Baltic birch that are glued together to create visual depth, with certain layers colored blue, and the whole thing laid inside a custom solid-wood frame and protected by a sheet of Plexiglass. Whether you're pining for the waters of Cape Cod, San Francisco Bay, or the Florida Keys, they've got a chart for you. [Scouted by Chris]
Celebrate the year's hottest shows and tours with some Vahalla Rock Posters ($20-$25). These 18" x 24" posters are printed in multiple colors and include shows from some of the best bands around, including Radiohead, The Decemberists, The Killers, and more. Bonus points awarded if you actually went to the concert depicted.
Show your support for your favorite winter sports venue with these Lifts & Bounds Ski Mountain Prints ($165-$325). Available in a wide range of colors for an equally diverse collection of skiing hot spots, each piece of artwork is printed using archival inks on 20-mil, bright white archival canvas using a high-end Canon printer and treated with a satin finish to lock in colors and protect it from scratches and sunlight damage. With prints ranging in size from 16" x 24" to 24" x 36", you should be able to find one to fit your space.
Things may not have always gone as planned for Wile E. Coyote, but the problem was more often with his foolish schemes than with his equipment. The Acme Corporation Print ($30) by Rob Loukotka is a loving tribute to Coyote's quest to catch the Road Runner, featuring hand-drawn illustrations of all 126 crazy gadgets, vehicles, and weapons Wile E. used over the classic cartoon's 45-year run.
Celebrate your favorite set of wheels with one of these Manual Designs Prints ($80). Featuring minimalist line art representations of classic cars — some with a touch of color added in — these 10" x 16" handmade prints are signed and numbered by the artist, and are a perfect way to class up your garage or man cave. If you ask nicely, you can even get a custom print of your own ride, in any color combination you'd like.
Feeling especially patriotic today? We can't blame you. Celebrate this goodwill by ordering up a few of these Draplin State Posters ($30). Printed on thick, uncoated poster stock, these 18" x 24" prints are a great way to show your state pride, and also make a terrific gift for the homesick among us. Oh, and each one is hand numbered by Aaron James Draplin himself, when he's not busy giving awesome speeches.
Think aluminum is too cold a material for your photo printing needs? Give Woodsnap ($40-$330) a try. This specialty service will print your photos directly onto a wood canvas, leaving you with your original image, only enhanced and given a more natural look thanks to the grain of the wood. You can choose from prints ranging from 8" x 8" to 30" x 40" in size, but no matter which you choose, you can expect to see the finished product on your doorstep in about a week.
Let's see: you want to order prints of your photos directly from your phone, but you want those prints to be as durable as possible. Sounds like it's time for PostalPix Aluminum Prints ($8-$25). By downloading the free PostalPix app, you can order up glossy, scratch-resistant prints that result from using a sublimation process to gas-infuse your image directly onto the surface of a 1mm thick piece of aircraft-grade aluminum. Try doing that with a regular camera.
We love taking pictures with our iPhones, but sometimes we wish there was a way to share them that didn't involve glowing screens. The Mosaic Photo Book ($20) is looking to meet that need. Arriving in the form of an app, Mosaic lets you choose twenty photos to fill your book, then order it right from your phone. Your book will be printed within 48 hours and shipped via second day air, so before you know it, you'll have your own linen-covered, 7-inch square keepsake that doesn't require a battery to use.
How do you put words on display without any text? Pick up one of these Epic Frequency Prints ($300). Each of these 48" x 18" gallery wrapped prints sport the waveform of a momentous bit of speech from recent history — Neil Armstrong's "One Small Step", JFK telling us to "Ask Not", FDR reminding us that there's nothing to fear but "Fear Itself", and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech among them. Lest your guests simply stare and wonder what they're looking at, each one includes a QR code that brings up a digital version of the print embedded with the audio represented on the wall.