How our Zmaps story began ...
Nestled in the heart of Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia (between Venice and Vienna), our studio is a special place where we toil to bring the beauty of ancient map making into our modern digital age.
It was a trip to Paris that would prove to be the inspiring force behind the creation of our brand Zmaps. While visiting the Louvre museum, I was left awe-struck after viewing the painting "The Marriage at Cana" painted by Paolo Veronese in 1563. As the largest painting in the Louvre (width of the painting is an astounding 32 feet/ 10 m), it commands attention and is magnificent in both beauty and grandeur. My mind immediately began churning and my thoughts were drawn to the cathedral walls I had at home that were nothing more than blank space that needed to be filled.
Inspired by all of the globe-trotting and maps collecting that myself and my dear wife Mojca had already been enjoying for years, I knew that I wanted to create any type of art that dealt with maps or cartography to represent our shared passion for travel and historic. With a recent transatlantic sailing adventure from Europe to America behind me, I set to work learning everything I could about cartography as well as Victorian woodwork designs.
With a background in architecture and interior design, my wife Mojca and I are true partners in crime. Together with our team, we are rebirthing maps from the past through digital technology while capturing the essence of cartography by incorporating cotton canvas, wood and iron as the basis for each design. Each old map we create is truly a labor of love that will grow with your family and ignite many a dream of the wide open world.
Specializing in pull down maps with custom luxury wooden handles, we strive to create antique and vintage-inspired maps for families and companies all over the world to commemorate their own travelling adventures. Each one of our maps are big, bold and accurately display all coordinates in breathtaking detail. We are creating or searching and buying the most unique metal&wood art pieces at the trades around the Europe and incorporate their historic stories into our pull down frames.
Using a variety of craftsmanship skills, each map that we create is truly a labor of love that is toiled over by our dedicated team of artists. Using high quality cotton canvas, each map is printed using highest-resolution large format printing technology. The finished product includes all those intricate little details that make our replicated antique maps look like the real deal. Gentle smudges, distressed edges and fold marks are just a few of the techniques we employ to give each original map a touch of the past.
Once created and delicately manipulated, each map is suspended from an aged wood or antique metal pull down frame. Put to the test, each finished map is hung and meticulously inspected to be sure it is of the highest standard and ready for shipping to your hands.
We carefully package and ship each one of our maps in rigid tubes to ensure a safe journey. Shipping insurance and a tracking number are standard with every map that leaves our pet-free and smoke-free studio. All of our items also make exceptional gift ideas for any occasion
When not hard at work in our workshop, I enjoy writing, back-country skiing, fly-fishing and sailing. I once took a nearly month-long trip of a lifetime recreating the journey Christopher Columbus took 500 years ago when discovering The New World. You can see a bit of the harrowing journey with our sail yacht across vast Atlantic ocean here in my video:
Most recently, our lives have gotten just a bit busier with the newest addition to our family, a beautiful little girl named Tara. Her name originates from the Latin word ‘Terra’ and is our personal tribute to Mother Earth as well as our belief that World should be one country, united without borders.
We assure you that our high quality creations on canvas are built to last for generations - many happy clients worldwide can assure you this as well.
Blaz Hocevar s.p. ZMAPS
1211 Ljubljana Smartno