Custom Wall Art
We work with customers and clients to create custom art pieces for their needs. WardMaps was founded by an architect and a graphic artist. We approach all of our merchandise design and product production from a design perspective. We translate our design expertise into a wall art solution for our clients. We have worked with hoteliers, restaurateurs and art consultants to produce unique art pieces for private and public spaces in hotels and restaurants. We approach each project as a unique situation and will work with you diligently to create. While we can source content from our collection of tens of thousands of antique maps in our WardMaps collection, access thousands of images of independent art and photos from our Boston Coasters collection
or draw from restricted content from Boston's MBTA
, we are not limited to these sources. There are many public domain resources we can access or bring your own content to the table. We'll work with you to find what works best for your project.
We create art for:
We work with:
- Building Lobbies
- Condominium Common Spaces
- Real Estate Closing Gifts
- Television & Film
- Art Consultants
- Interior Designers & Decorators
- Business Owners
- Corporate Art Suppliers
- Condominium Associations
- Real Estate Agents
- Television & Film Producers
McKay School Condominiums
WardMaps was a subcontractor to an interiors company that provided decor and art for a century-old school building converted to condominiums. The project is located in Beverly, Massachusetts. WardMaps provided large format printing and orchestration of custom framing of reproductions of antique maps (from our collection) and vintage postcards and photographs (from the Beverly Historical Society). We worked closely with the interiors company and the Beverly Historical Society to coordinate the scanning and formatting of the old images. The maps, postcards and photographs that we printed and framed celebrate the history of Beverly, other historic sites in town, and the McKay School building itself.
West Bridge Restaurant
We created a one of a kind piece for West Bridge, a restaurant that occupied part of an historic manufacturing building in Kendall Square, Cambridge. The restaurant owner desired to recognize the history of their building by incorporating a vintage advertisement published by a company that once occupied their space. WardMaps consulted on where and how to source such an antique advertisement. After it was procured by the restaurateur, the ad was scanned by us at high resolution via our large format scanner. We brought our relationship with a commercial sign shop and orchestrated the printing of a large canvas reproduction of the scanned ad. The 4 feet wide by 7 foot tall canvas was wrapped around custom fabricated stretcher bars. There were only two pieces of art commissioned for the dining room when the restaurant opened. We are proud to say that our custom art piece was one of the two.
Lenox Hotel Lobby
We worked closely with the art consultant, designer and owner of one of Boston's historic hotels to produce a series of impressive framed antique maps. Three antique cadastral maps of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood were selected and framed for display just off the main lobby. We printed giclee reproductions [LINK] of antique maps from three different points in history: 19xx, 19xx and 19xx. Each map depicted the hotel at that point in time. We customized each map with a start to serve as a "you are here" locator allowing guests to find the hotel easily on each map. Each frame includes a separately matted piece of custom text indicating the date of each map.
Boston Public Library
During 2014 and 2015, the Boston Public Library was involved in the largest renovation of the "Johnson Building" portion of their main branch, located in Copley Square in downtown Boston. WardMaps worked with library staff to select, customize and deliver various decommissioned MBTA station signs and wall panel maps. We customized a 1960s era sign from Copley Station on the MBTA Green Line with new vinyl text reading "Boston Public Library." The signs weighed quite a bit and we coordinated commercial movers to safely transfer the signs from our warehouse to the library. We also provide a few vintage roll signs from old Boston area buses that the library framed and hung on the wall. The signs were installed the new young adult section, that opened to the public in late winter of 2015.
Working with the corporate owners and their art consultant during the gut renovation and conversion of a popular Harvard Square nightspot into what became an even more popular bar and restaurant, we provided framed reproductions of four antique maps. Each map showed the neighborhood where Park is located at a different time in history. The framed maps were coordinated to be installed a study-like themed space in the dining area. In addition, we produced a custom framed "key" that explained the information shown on the map.
The owner of Manhattan's first authentic Basque restaurant, Donostia, contact us via email. He needed a large vintage map to install as wallpaper over a significant portion of his soon-to-be-opened restaurant in the East Village. We sourced an antique map of San Sebastian, Spain (known as Donostia in the Basque) and created a high resolution digital file. The warm colors in the map compliment the warm food and friendly service of the completed restaurant, a little bit of the Basque country in NYC.
When the Chef-Owner of Puritan & Co. was fitting out his new restaurant in Cambridge, he turned to WardMaps for an authentic piece of history. He had named his restaurant after a bakery that historically occupied the same building as his restaurant. We assisted him in selecting and antique cadastral map of Inman Square from our collection that showed the original Puritan Bakery as it was over a century ago. We custom framed the antique map for prominent display in the restaurant.
Green T Coffee Shop
We met the owners of Green T Coffee shop in our retail store. They were opening a new coffee shop with a name which was a play on Boston's public transit agency the MBTA, locally know as "The T". Since WardMaps operates the MBTAgifts merchandise program for the T, we were uniquely situated with the ability to source an authentic station sign from Boston's historic subway. We then worked with one of our vendors to customize the historic sign with new vinyl letting with the name of the coffee shop.
WardMaps curated the wall art for a time at a now-closed restaurant in Davis Square, Somerville. Sourcing photographs and graphic art from our Boston Coasters collection, we produced large scale metal prints and coordinating installation, pricing and sale of the pieces.
Reproductions of neighborhood maps for a real estate office in Boston's Back Bay.