Who Makes The Best World Globes?

by | Jul 20, 2022 | Gear, Tech, Travel Buyer Guides | 4 comments

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Are you looking for the best world globe for your home? That's fantastic! I strongly believe that every home should have a globe or a world map on display. During times that you're not traveling, what better way to remind yourself of how much of the Earth is left to see than a globe?

Or maybe you're looking for the best world globe to give someone as a gift. In that case, you'll want a globe that's classy, geographically accurate, and worthy of displaying in their home forever. After all, this isn't high school geography and your average educational globe won't suffice as a gift. A beautifully crafted world globe is a perfect gift for travel enthusiasts that inspires conversations of future and past travels.

In this guide, I've curated some of the best and most unique globemakers on the planet to help you discover the globe of your dreams.

PS: I update this post regularly. Check out the newest addition to the list for some amazing hand carved wood globes!

Top 11 12 Best Globemakers & Manufacturers

FYI – This list of globemakers are in no particular order, so be sure to scroll through them all to see which ones you like best.

In today's post, I'm going to show you the top globemakers in the world and showcase some of my favorite globes from their extensive collections. This guide you will help you narrow down your options and choose the best globe for your home or loved one's home. Here they are, in no particular order.

#1) Zoffoli Globes

Zoffoli Globes

Let's start with Zoffoli Globes who have been hand-making globes in Italy with love since 1949. The company was started by Italo Zoffoli, an expert artisan who combined his passion for antique maps with his wood working skills. Zoffoli globes became famous in Italy for their originality and craftsmanship and Zoffoli's small workshop became a flourishing business that remains family owned to this day with a strict “Made In Italy” rule.

Zoffoli are known for their classic bar globes — stunning centerpiece globes that double as classy home bars. The inside the globes is decorated with ornamental and mythological motifs, inspired by the Atlas Coelestis seu Harmonia Macrocosmica of the German-Dutch cartographer Andreas Cellarius.

With Zoffoli bar globes, you can bring your passion for travel and exploration to your home, while sipping a glass of your favorite whiskey. Their largest stand-up globe bars can hold up to 9 glasses and 2 bottles.

#2) Bellerby & Co. Globemakers

Bellerby & Co Globemakers

Bellerby & Co. Globemakers was started by Peter Bellerby in 2008 after a fruitless two year search for a globe for his father's 80th birthday. Unhappy with having to choose between a modern political globe or a fragile expensive antique model that can't be used on a daily basis, Bellerby set out to make a hand crafted globe that combined aesthetics with accuracy. The original plan was to make two globes, one for his father and one for himself, but that led to commissioned work, which then blossomed into a full fledged globe making company.

A standout globe from their collection due to its extreme size and historical significance is The Churchill Globes which you can see above. During WW2 Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt were gifted two fifty inch globes, seen as a sign of friendship during an intensely difficult period of the war, and have since come to symbolize their owners. Bellerby's Churchill globe is very closely modeled on its original namesake in terms of appearance and size and combines the classic techniques used in the making of the original with the technology and durability of modern construction. Production of this globe is limited, with plans to make just 40 at a rate of only one per year.

#3) Replogle Globes

Replogle Globes

Luther Replogle started Replogle Globes in 1930 when he began selling handcrafted globes from his apartment in Chicago using deconstructed maps from England. His vision was to put “A Globe in Every Home”, rather than something found only in academic settings. He co-founded Scanglobe in 1963 and after his death in 1981, Replogle Globes purchased Scanglobe's remaining interest in 1988 and moved the company to the United States in 2003 as a Replogle brand. Replogle Globes believe that the appeal of a globe is deeper than its value as a learning tool or home accessory. They are now the largest globe manufacturer in the world, and many of their globes are still painstakingly hand-made by artisans who have spent the better part of their lives with the company.

Replogle Globes are the exclusive manufacturer of Frank Lloyd Wright® Globes. They currently make five globes that are adapted from select Wright drawings and concepts, chosen by Replogle, and authorized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. As you may know, Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect and interior designer who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. He believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. The ‘Frank Lloyd Wright Globe Stand’ featured above is an actual reproduction and interpretation of Mr. Wright's design.

#4) MOVA International Globes

MOVA International Globes

Started in 2003 and headquartered in San Diego, California, MOVA International considers itself a technology company that also makes globes. They are dedicated to advancing the dream of perpetual motion with a mission to apply their advanced technologies into luxury products with unique designs that capture the imagination.

Their first breakthrough, the MOVA Globe, was dreamed up and developed in a basement by Bill French, a physicist and inventor with a lifelong interest in solar energy, magnetism and magic. After years of research, product development, and various breakthrough patents, the MOVA Globe was born in 2004. Since then they've expanded their product line to include new sizes, shapes and designs. I've featured above one of my favorite of their designs, the Cobalt Blue and Silver edition.

#5) Waypoint Geographic Globes

Waypoint Geographic Globes

Education meets modern decorative design with Waypoint Geographic Globes, a small manufacturer based in Indiana, USA. What makes their maps and globes unique is the information they include that you don't typically find on globes, like geographically accurate points of interest, landmarks, and ocean topography. Waypoint Geographic's goal is to design and distribute a small line of high quality products that are both decorative and educational at the same time.

The Parlamondo interactive talking globe featured above doubles as an in-house trivia globe for all age groups. This illuminated 12″ globe includes a touch pen, built-in speakers, and can teach you over 300 geographic lessons in 7 languages.

#6) Columbus Globes

Columbus Globes

Columbus has been hand making globes for over 100 years, and the company is still owned by the original Oestergaard family, which founded the company over a century ago. All Columbus world globes are manufactured in Germany and many of them are hand-crafted by trained artisans. They remain the only company on earth that still uses traditional glassblowing techniques to make glass globes. Obsessed with attention to detail, Columbus Globes are built to last a lifetime. They continually aim to strike balance between traditional artisan manufacturing and innovative engineering.

One of their standout globes is the Imperial Illuminated Floor Globe, a 40″ floor globe with an American walnut cradle and brass meridian, that weights in at 176 pounds and sells for more than sixteen thousand dollars! Now they do offer other world globes that range in price from $50-100 up to several thousand, but this $16k globe is worth a feature. If you really love your friends, you can get them this one as a gift.

#7) Greaves & Thomas

Greaves & Thomas

Greaves & Thomas revived the traditional craft of globe making in the United Kingdom in 1991 with their first globe, Merzbach & Falk's 1881 Globe which I've featured here. They now produce numerous different globes which range in size from just 2 inches to 5 feet in diameter. The majority of their globes are still made in the traditional way, using hand papered and hand painted plaster spheres that are aged to produce an authentic facsimile globe. Every Greaves & Thomas globe is produced in the UK by a workforce of never more than 5 craftspersons.

Greaves & Thomas globes are limited in production by the time availability of their craftsman, instead of by a specific number, and only produced in small quantity each year. Consequently there is always a waiting list for the larger more intricate globes that they produce. The globes are made using recycled papers and the wooden components for the elaborate stands are also made using reclaimed / recycled timber as part of their mission to never cost the Earth.

#8) The Clare Hall Company

The Clare Hall Company

The Clare Hall Company was started by Michael Moore and his wife Anna on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Clare in Suffolk, England. Moore prides himself on his fine antique designs and adherence to historical standards of production. Most of his globe balls are still overlaid piece by piece with specially printed sections of cartographic paper using traditional skills and methods. They offer a selection of replica 17th to 19th century terrestrial globes, from small table globes up to large floor standing ones. The meridian rings and other fittings are solid brass and worked by hand. All the wood is turned, joined and then polished using renewable timber, and the colored horizon rings are exact copies of the antique originals. I've featured their Raleigh Table Globe, a 17th Century style globe on an oak stand, that's sure to finish off any room.

#9) Lander & May

Lander & May

Lander & May is a newer globe making company formed by Chris Adams and based out of Isle of Wight, England. Chris works hard to produce handmade globes of distinction which have been sold to collectors, museums and galleries all over the world, including some which have been featured on TV and film. Whilst respecting the traditional expectation and presentation of a globe, Lander & May have also make some re-interpretations within their collections, and style some of their pieces in a lighter, fresher way. All globes are all handmade by Chris and follow the age-old traditional method, which is a slow, meticulous process that takes time and care. He only uses British components and sources everything from within the UK. Chris feels that, “A globe is many things: a recorder of travel and exploration; a snapshot of world history at a particular time; a navigational and geographical aid; an ornamental piece of decorative art or a family heirloom of the future.” Featured above is his Upside Down Globe, a globe that shows the world the other way around. Definitely a unique twist on a traditional style globe!

#10) Large Globes

Large Globes

Large Globes is a small team of globemakers that hand make MEGA SIZED globes! Started by Gall Remus in Carei, Romania, their mission is to create the most detailed and beautiful globes on the planet using satellite imagery, natural environment colors, and thousands of labels. They aim to intrigue and arouse your curiosity with their highly accurate globes while simultaneously creating a work of art that you'd proudly display in your home. Featured above is their Blue Planet Globe, a 31.5″ (80cm) in diameter hand crafted masterpiece, that offers 3D topography and thousands of labels, for one of the most detailed maps on the market. You can choose which color and styles best fit your space, but as the name implies, your globe will be LARGE.

#11) Gürbüz Publications

Gürbüz Publications

Gürbüz Publications was founded in Turkey in 1972 by Atilla Gürbüz, a graduate of Cilavuz Village Institute, to meet the needs of schools for maps and visual education materials. The company was reorganized in 1991 and has continued to develop globes for the education industry and business world.

Gürbüz currently offers a lineup of educational globes, replica antique globes, floating magnetic spheres, lamp shades, and other designer globes. Theirs maps and globes are approved by the Ministry of National Education and the General Command of Maps in Turkey.

#12) Paranneaux Globes

Paranneaux Globes

Paranneaux Globes create one-of-a-kind hand carved wooden terrestrial globes. Each globe is custom made to fit your space, and some of the larger ones take six months to a year to create. So you'll have to place your order early, but the outcome will be worth the wait!

Their products range from tiny 2.5″ carved globes housed in steel spheres that display constellations, to 15″ globes with with LED lights representing the stars — all made with materials sourced from tracking down parts at antique stores and junk yards that they weld, carve, sculpt, and paint.

Reynold Paranneaux Mackey has been carving the earth for over 8 years, while his wife Sara hand paints each globe with oil paints. Mackey says, “I always thought that the Earth appeared so handsome without all the boundary lines and names that mask her true appearance. Yet, for navigation of our planet, and collective reasoning, lines and names prove crucial. Still, for navigation of ourselves, and common ground, I see a great good accomplished in liberating our surface of lines and names.”

What'd I miss?

And there you have it! Eleven Twelve amazing globemakers and featured globes that should get you started in the right direction in choosing a globe for your home. Let's keep this list growing though. What globemakers did I miss that you feel should be included on this list? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below, as well as your thoughts on this article and these magnificent globes. And be sure to share this resource with your friends and family who love globes as much as we do!

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Top Selling Globes on Amazon

If you don't see what you're looking for (or they globes above are out of your price range), take a look before you go at the top 10 selling globes on Amazon for an additional selection.

Bestseller No. 1
World Globe with Stand, 13'' Desk Classroom Decorative Globe for Students & Geography Teachers, 360° Horizontal Rotation, Full Length 19.7 inch World Globe Map with Clear Text Markings, Blue
253 Reviews
World Globe with Stand, 13'' Desk Classroom Decorative Globe for Students & Geography Teachers, 360° Horizontal Rotation, Full Length 19.7 inch World Globe Map with Clear Text Markings, Blue
  • 【World Globe For Gift】With the coming of Christmas Day, the world globe will be the optimal gift...
  • 【360 Degree Rotation】This world globe is plane, which can 360 degree and horizontal rotation...
  • 【Colorful World Globe】This 13” world globe clearly shows the map and borders of the earth,...
  • 【Educational Tool】World globe with stand is perfect for teenagers, adults and teachers. This...
  • 【Fun Product & Decorations】Detailed and complex design of this desktop world map on the earth is...
Bestseller No. 2
Replogle Student - Educational Classic World globe, Blue Ocean, Raised Relief feature, including a bonus map, made in USA, 12'/30cm diameter
550 Reviews
Replogle Student - Educational Classic World globe, Blue Ocean, Raised Relief feature, including a bonus map, made in USA, 12"/30cm diameter
  • START EXPLORING TODAY — A Must-Have for Any Teacher or Student, Ideal for any Learning Desk,...
  • ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL FEATURES — Accurately Tilted Axis, Time Dial, Population Centers, US states...
  • VERIFIED CARTOGRAPHY All Replogle manufactured maps comply with US State Department’s recommended...
  • In order to transform flat map to a spherical shape, there are pre-planned trimming lines on the map...
  • Raised relief embossing provides a 3D-like texture that both captivates and educates.
Bestseller No. 3
Spinning World Globe with Stand for Kids Learning, Classroom Desk, Students, Geography (8 In)
2,497 Reviews
Spinning World Globe with Stand for Kids Learning, Classroom Desk, Students, Geography (8 In)
  • World Globe for Children: This rotating globe for kids learning features a removable base and frame...
  • Educational Tool: The spinning globe is perfect for teachers and professors to teach their students...
  • The Perfect Size: Our office globe measures 8 inches in diameter
  • Reliable Material: The rotating globe map is made with high-quality plastic material that is sturdy...
  • Comes With: You’ll receive 1 globe for kids and adults that features colorful landmasses with...
Bestseller No. 4
Illuminated World Globe for Kids, Educational Globe with Stand Built in LED Night Light Earth Map and Constellation View, 2 in 1 Interactive Educational Geographic Earth Globe Learning Toy, 8 Inch
  • 【Durable and Cool Design】: The material of base is Stainless Steel, you will never worry it...
  • 【Perfect Gift for Kids and Teens】: Our globe is absolutely popular with parents and children;...
  • 【2 In 1 Globe】: Daytime view world globe; Night view stars and constellations globe. Illuminated...
  • 【Classy Material】: The map of this world globe is made of PVC, environmentally friendly and...
  • 【Warranty】: This globe comes with a USB charger, a user manual; We also offer One Year Warranty,...
SaleBestseller No. 5
USA Toyz Illuminated Globe of the World with Stand - 3in1 World Globe, Constellation Globe Night Light, and Globe Lamp with Built-In LED, Easy to Read Texts, and Non-Tip Base, 13.5 Inch Tall
3,900 Reviews
USA Toyz Illuminated Globe of the World with Stand - 3in1 World Globe, Constellation Globe Night Light, and Globe Lamp with Built-In LED, Easy to Read Texts, and Non-Tip Base, 13.5 Inch Tall
  • MULTIPURPOSE ILLUMINATED WORLD GLOBE FOR KIDS: This educational kids globe features detailed,...
  • EDUCATIONAL LIGHT UP GLOBE: Make Science learning time fun! Use the bonus interactive globe app and...
  • TIP-RESISTANT STAND WITH 360° ROTATION: Discover 88 constellations, stars, and navigational lines...
  • LED GLOBE SPECS: Our plug in globe of the world measures 13.5” tall (base to top) and 9” in...
  • PERFECT FOR KIDS AND ADULTS: Illuminated globe works as a desk globe decor or smart globe light for...
Bestseller No. 6
Gresus Multi-Color Changing Magnetic Levitation Floating World Map Globe, Floating Globe with LED Lights, Great Fathers Students Teacher Business Boyfriend Birthday Gift for Desk Decoration (Black/Silver Color Globe)
  • High-tech gadget: The Black/ Silver color globe can be levitate and float steadily in midair as it's...
  • Multi-Color light: Comes built in Led lights inside of the C shape, When the floating frame light...
  • Great desk office decor: As a cool decoration, It provides a nice display effect for your office,...
  • Perfect Gift: Cool high tech gadget that people of most ages will love. Great Business , Art Craft ,...
  • Nice atmosphere: It will give you nice feeling When you work, chat or other occasions with friends....
Bestseller No. 7
Replogle 12' Antique World Classic Globe with Square Base and Bonus Two-Side Laminated map(USA&World) 12'/30cm Diameter
55 Reviews
Replogle 12" Antique World Classic Globe with Square Base and Bonus Two-Side Laminated map(USA&World) 12"/30cm Diameter
  • The map has more than 3,500 place names, raised relief showing mountain peeks, explorer’s ships...
  • The globe ball is made of 100% recycled paper fibers.
  • Made in USA
SaleBestseller No. 8
LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe (Frustration Free Packaging), Multicolor
4,877 Reviews
LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe (Frustration Free Packaging), Multicolor
  • World Geography for Kids: Go beyond countries and their capitals with this interactive talking...
  • Educational: This world globe with stand and stylus lets you hear thousands of facts, interact with...
  • Illuminated LCD Screen: This globe features a 2.7" LCD screen that displays video and animations...
  • Interactive Map For Kids: Race around the world, discover new places, and solve mysteries by...
  • Special Features: Globe intended for kids between ages 5-7 years old. Requires 4 AA batteries....
SaleBestseller No. 9
Waypoint Geographic World Globe - Geographic Mariner 12” Desk Decorative Globe with Stand, up to Date World Globe
182 Reviews
Waypoint Geographic World Globe - Geographic Mariner 12” Desk Decorative Globe with Stand, up to Date World Globe
  • A must have - beautiful, colorful world Globe makes a wonderful addition to your home, classroom and...
  • Decorative globe - add some sophistication to your home or office decoration. This 12” globe with...
  • Up-to-date Globe - our Mariner globes depict the latest geographical boundaries and features more...
  • High quality - world Globe with stand featuring a two-tier dark Cherry wood base with a metal...
  • Functional decor - this sturdy world Globe comes fully assembled, ready to offer an amazing learning...
Bestseller No. 10
Replogle Globes Franklin World Globe, Antique Ocean, 12-Inch Diameter,Over 4,000 Place Names
1,008 Reviews
Replogle Globes Franklin World Globe, Antique Ocean, 12-Inch Diameter,Over 4,000 Place Names
  • Desk globe
  • Antique finished base
  • Raised relief
  • 12-Inch/30Cm
  • Handcrafted

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4 Comments

  1. Trotter

    most of the links do not work!

    Reply
    • Paul @ Travel is Life

      Hey thanks for letting me know Trotter. Looks like most of those globemakers changed up their websites since I published that article a couple years ago and their old links no longer work. I went through and updated accordingly. Thanks for the heads up.

      Reply
  2. Beatrice

    Thank you ! From Zoffoli

    Reply

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