The Bombus story: starts in 2003, when I découpaged vintage cowboys and Indian comic strips to a 1950s coffee table. I used it for a shop window display as a prop and it sold within hours. This technique was applied onto chairs and a range of home-ware products. Customers were keen to commission special pieces using their own choice of comics and vintage papers.
Light bulb: The light-bulb moment came when I stumbled across a box of old maps. The concept of applying maps to the products took my designs to a whole new world of eager customers. I now had a waiting list of people wanting their own choice of map location applied to the products.
Nine years later - We are now a team of 11, working out of our dedicated studio space in a converted Oast house on a farm in Kent.
Signature product: Bespoke Map Heart. Everyone loves maps and certain places hold special memories. The beauty of our bespoke map collection is that you can choose your own map location. We have more than 10,000 maps in our collection at any one time so we're bound to have the one you're after.
Off the Peg map heart collection Following the huge popularity of the Bespoke Map Heart, we have learnt oodles about your favourite travel destinations across the world; destinations and locations that are requested time and time again. So, we decided to draw some maps in our very own vintage-inspired style. We researched heaps of maps or every different style and age and did lots of sketching and painting and we are now very excited to present our collection of 'Off-the-Peg' destination map hearts. Each one is a high-quality print from an original illustration by our in-house team using a combination of digital and traditional methods.
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