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bespoke globes made in London by Bellerby and Co

In the age of digitalization, it does seem that many of us are clinging on for dear life to the things that harken back to an earlier time, when things were hand made. As more and more of the things we buy and use each day come rolling off of a conveyor belt from a factory floor full of intelligent machines or devastatingly underpaid workers employing the methods of Eli Whitney and Henry Ford, it seems like there are just as many people in the artistic communities bringing back craftsmanship and traditional trades. Bespoke creations and working with your hands seems to allow us to still hold onto our individuality as human beings, while reminding us of the charm and worth in objects that are lovingly created with time and patience at the hands of real people. These creations are beautiful in all of their perfect imperfections as well as admirable in the amount of care that goes into creating them. In this way, this new old-fashioned form of contemporary luxury breathes a soul into objects that cease to exist on the simply material and superficial level.

I am a firm believer that it is not the object itself that makes humans superficial and shallow but the mass production, lack of care, and overconsumption that has turned us into a greedy and hungry species. But when we slow down and appreciate singular objects for what they are and the complexities involved not only in their creation but surrounding them in general (be it political or otherwise), we can begin to appreciate an object for what it can teach us about mankind. This is why I find bespoke revival and call backs to slow, purposed living so inspiring. This kind of conscious living is what we as humans should be doing. We should learn to not be scared of finding value in and appreciating objects for fear of becoming superficial but to find value in the appreciation and understanding of all that comes with an object and recognize that this is different than mass consumption. The object is not the enemy, rather our treatment of objects is.

Seeing and understanding objects like we see and understand objects in museums allows us to get a better understanding of what we can appreciate and what deserves our adoration as well as helps us to minimize and reduce the actual amount of things we own in our lives by highlighting the difference between a thing and an object, collections and clutter. It’s all about contextualization, my dear friends. Then again, one person’s clutter is another person’s collection. So who am I to say your 60 pairs of shoes is excessive? I think the point here though, is that collections are something we take pride in and it goes past being about the object itself and more about the act of collecting, a personal attachment, the history behind the item, etc. We also limit the things we collect, so I see nothing wrong with having that shoe collection as long as you don’t try to sit here and convince me that the 60+ shoes you own, plus your overflowing wardrobe, countless amount of toiletries, eyeshadows, lipsticks, insane amount of DVDs and video games, stacks and stacks of magazines, 500+ nailpolishes, etc. are all “collections.” I think you get what I’m saying.

Peter Bellerby

Returning to the original point of this post – objects can be beautiful and multifaceted, and the ones that are then hand crafted on top of it do really hold some kind of special magical power over us when the majority of our surroundings lack the warmth that comes from something being hand crafted. Which is why the stunning handmade globes over at Bellerby and Co. are just so goddamned captivating. In addition to globes just being straight up glorious in all of their magical whimsy, the fact these these bad boys are hand crafted and hand painted just elevates the globes created by Bellerby and Co. to a whole new level.

hand painting globes in the Bellerby and Co studio

Bellbery and Co. can be traced back to Peter Bellerby and his fist few (2) hand-made globes. As Peter puts it, “After a two year search for a globe for my father’s 80th birthday present I was faced with a choice of a modern political globe (albeit frequently available with a generous dose of sepia colouring), very fragile expensive antique models, which you can’t really use on a daily basis or trying to make my own.”

Peter’s project grew to include a small team of trained globemakers which make up Bellerby and Co. today: “From the stand, to the artwork, the painting and map-making, each piece is expertly crafted using traditional and modern globemaking techniques, and is lovingly produced in our North London studio; each piece is an individual model of style and grandeur and the larger globes are works of art in their own right.”

hand painting globe strips

Bellerby and Co’s blog is also definitely worth checking out. For any of you who might think that the subject of globes alone are not enough to make up and entire blog, you will be pleasantly surprised. In addition to posting incredible photos of the creation process taken by artists invited to the Bellerby and Co studio, Bellerby and Co feature articles that help their readers to better understand the world of globes and globe making, featuring a brief history of globe making as well as an article breaking down globe terminology, creative ways people are using globes around the world, like in Frankfurt, Germany, and more serious thought provoking topics like tackling the political issues involved in globe making, particularly concerning breakaway states.

Quotes taken from The Bellerby and Co about us page
Photography by Ana Santl, Ellie Tsatsou Sabrina Andrea Sachs and Steffi Daydreamer

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Stay conscious, Rae


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Rae Tilly

Rae the EIC of LFB and YEOJA Magazine. She is also a photographer and social media influencer.


  • Great post! I’ve seen so much lately about decluttering and minimalism and living with less and while I completely agree with the sentiment, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a treasured and curated collection, and it doesn’t automatically mean you’ve lost your soul to consumerism.

    I actually really enjoy declutting my makeup, for example, because I want it to be a collection of products that I absolutely love and not a whole bunch of things I own for the sake of it. I’m not as great at whittling down my clothes but I’m working on that one – there are still a lot of clothes I never really wear but that I hold onto because I *might* one day. But to properly appreciate a collection of something means that you’ve got to let go of the things that don’t bring you joy, but you don’t have to have a capsule wardrobe with a total of 20 items in order to live a mindful, conscious existence. Like everything else in life it’s about finding a happy medium. And of course buying clothes or homewares or whatever else you like will always be more enjoyable when there’s a story behind the product or how it came to you, etc. :)

    jessica –

    • rae

      So glad you enjoyed this post, Jessica! And yes I agree entirely. That was my point – to labor over a curated collection with love is different than just mindlessly consuming. I mean really, two people could have the exact same things and the exact same amount of those things but it depends on the motivation behind owning those things that sets those two people apart.

      And totally – I have always said I am not into extremes, I do not think they are healthy. I think it’s great that some people can shed consumerism to the level where they are living off the grid and never buying anything from corporate companies, but oftentimes this makes people close-minded in new ways. i am just all for being conscious of what we do. I too have way too many clothes I never wear but I do like going through things and doing big purges to reduce once again. And yeah, the capsule wardrobe sounds great in theory, but I could never have one either to be honest. It’s great for people who have a very specific minimalistic style, but some days I want to doll myself up all 50s and the next day dress like a flower child, so no capsule wardrobe for me! Plus clothes and makeup are forms of expression as well and do not have to be superficial signs of being a slave to consumerism and capitalism :)

  • Oh wow these are beautiful. I’ve never really sat down and thought about how globes are made, and you’re right, the craft that went into these make them extra special. I would love to have one in my space!

    • rae

      I know, aren’t they just stunning? And yes I would love to own one as well. I have a little globe, but it is not hand made like these ones.

  • This post resonates with me on so so so so so many levels. I’m obsessed with handmade, with vintage/second hand, with items with stories. Some of my favourite things are picked up from flea markets in Paris or garage sales. I like to daydream their stories even if I don’t know them.

    And also – globes? That’s so badass, but so magical too! I adore it. Thanks so much for sharing Rae!

    • rae

      I agree entirely. My favorite cups and artwork are all from thrift stores. I always wonder who owned the items previously, how they ended up in the thrift store, etc. So glad you enjoyed this post, Katia!

  • Chiara Costigliolo

    So interesting post!

    • rae

      Glad you enjoyed it, Chiara

  • What a wonderful post. And I enjoyed the podcast of it too. I’ve never thought about how globes are made, but I’ve known that I like them (and world maps too). We currently have a world map in our garage with colored push pins; a color for each of us. We get to mark the major cities/countries we’ve been to. We thought it would be great to reflect on once our children are older and off on their own.

    • rae

      So glad that you enjoyed the podcast as well, Jeanatte! I like the idea with the map too. I have this scratchable map where you scratch away places you have been, but I haven’t done it yet cos I am super precise and am not sure how to just scratch away specific cities cos it’s not like I have been to ALL of Germany, for example, lol.

  • Cec

    Stunning post and photos!


    Dearest Lou

    • rae

      Glad you enjoyed, Cec!

  • Hi sweetie,

    this idea is amazing. I really like this wonderful article.


    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary – Fashion blog

    • rae

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  • That post is so damn interesting! Great post! Really makes me wonder how much I skim over things and don’t see the small details and effort that go into something so simple!

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

    • rae

      Glad you found it interesting, Heba!

  • wow, it looks amazing. Love the idea.

    Jessy xx Kleidermaedchen

    • rae

      Thanks, Jessy!

  • Wow, I loved reading this post, it’s so amazing to see how much effort goes into making these globes! I’m currently looking for one to put on my desk :)

    Pop over to my blog :)


    • rae

      So glad you enjoyed this post, Sarah! And yes, I am sure a globe would look amazing on your desk.

  • I’d love to read something from that blog, also I did not think that the realization of a globe needed that much work, it seems like a work of art!

    • rae

      Definitely! Glad you enjoyed and could learn something new!

  • Dressed With Soul

    Oh, this post is really an eye-opener for me as I never thought before about how globes are made! Thanks you!

    xx from
    Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • rae

      Glad it was able to give you a bit of insight into how globes are made!

  • I’ve actually came across these guys before, a friend of mine visited their studio earlier this year. I was taken by how such an old style of item – of one most people won’t really be invested in – are still being produced to such a high quality and caring standard. Love it, and I really enjoyed your views on the subject of possession and “collections”.

    Buckets & Spades

    • rae

      That is awesome, I would die to get a chance to visit them. And I agree entirely, I love people who are so dedicated to a craft that has been forgotten by most people. And thanks, Matthew, it’s a subject that should be pretty important to all of us as over consumption becomes a bigger and bigger problem.

  • It’s true we collect and collect and accumulate vast amounts of things all of the time. We barely use probably half of it all of the time. I have my things a bit all over the place at the moment since I’ve lived like a nomad for awhile. When I do fully settle in I plan on shedding a few things and starting fresh. Also – I love globes!


    • rae

      Shedding things also feels so good, you would be surprised but it really does. Whenever I go through a de-cluttering frenzy, it always feels like I have just brushed my teeth. Everything feels clean and you can appreciate what you then do have so much more.

  • Lenya

    Great and interesting post, I never realized that making a globe would be kinda making art. Amazing.


    • rae

      So glad you enjoyed this post, Lenya!

  • idu

    I am such a hoarder and keep accumulating stuff. Very interesting post. Making a globe just took on a whole new meaning. Totally blown away.

    • rae

      I have the tendency to hold on to things as well as I always think that I will eventaully have some use for said item and fear that if I throw it out the day will come when I will need it but won’t have it. I also just get really sentimentally attached to silly things like movie ticket stubs. I’m getting better at decluttering though! Hope you can too, and yes globe making is pretty impressive, isn’t it?

  • Diane Fnk

    This is so interesting ! Great experience

    • rae

      Globemaking is pretty interesting, isn’t it?

  • such an interesting topic and an unique experience :)

    Chic Peachy Pink / Twitter / Instagram / BlogLovin’ / Facebook

  • I love reading about old fashion handcrafting, I hope we never loose such gems and keep as much of the old crafting works intact!

    • rae

      I really do believe that these crafts will never die out as they are a reflection of our humanity and not everything can be replaced by machines.

  • Vicky Wright

    Really great post- I’ve never really heard many people talk about this but it was so interesting and I didn’t want it to end! I just want to say as well how awesome the podcast idea is too- I’ve wanted to start a podcast for so long but I’m worried that I don’t have very good technology. You should be very proud- this is ace! x

    • rae

      Thanks Vicky, so glad that you enjoyed reading about globemaking and that you enjoyed the podcast! Hope you come back to check up on LFB’s new posts soon and if you want to start a podcast, I say go for it, lady!

  • Julianna Lynch

    This was such an amazing post and on a topic that I never would have thought of. Your blog is beautiful and I am so happy I found it:) Happy Monday love!

    xx Julianna

    • rae

      Hey Julianna, so glad that you found this post interesting and enjoy reading LFB, it means so much to me. Have a wonderful week, lady!