Since the launch of MOVA Globes in 2004, our line of solar-powered creations has undergone incredible transformation and expansion. Our design collections have grown to include MOVA Space, MOVArt, Sports, and Special Moments, along with our core World Maps. In addition, the diameter sizes of MOVA Globes have expanded to three distinct sizes: 4.5”, 6”, and 8.5.” While a majority of our expansion has centered on designs, we’ve always been experimenting with different sizes, partly due to the many inquiries from our fans and customers. Our very first production run of MOVA Globes were all 6” but we quickly leaned people wanted a smaller and more affordable size which led to the 4.5” globes. Let’s take an in-depth look at the evolution of globe sizes and how each serves a different purpose.
Our mission has always been to utilize advanced eco-friendly technologies to create products that provide inspiration and relaxation to your everyday lives. As our flagship MOVA Globe gained popularity and became one of the most unique décor items on the market, we turned our attention to creating something new: the MOVA Cube. Just as the MOVA Globe took years to develop, we knew the MOVA Cube would also require years of intensive research and design.
Before we delve into the cube’s development and features, many of you might ask why a cube shape was chosen rather than any other shape. One of the main reasons for the selection was that a cube’s linear surfaces not only hold in the mixture of fluids, but they also keep the graphics of the encased globe from being distorted. This absence of distortion is essential to the MOVA Cube, for without it, the floating effect becomes much less impressive and apparent. The absence also allows for a very clean, pristine, and contemporary feel that is up to par with, and perhaps even exceeding, the MOVA Globe. The cube shape was also chosen to appeal to a more design-focused audience and to expand our reach to modern homes.
“The sophisticated and precise work we put together to make each MOVA Cube is truly unique in the industry.” –Shaw Lin, CEO and President
MOVA Globes were dreamed up by physicist Bill French in the 1990s. He brought in a former colleague, now MOVA International CEO, Shaw Lin, and a company was formed to bring the solar-powered motion technology to life in a home décor product. We sat down with Bill and Shaw to learn more about the early years, the learning process of starting a business, and their dreams for future MOVA Creations.
What was your inspiration behind the MOVA Globe?
Bill French: I saw a top spinning and realized I could make a top that would spin when exposed to light. Later I was just challenging myself to somehow make a magical floating version of the earth. I was thinking I could somehow do it magnetically. It would be cool. About that time I saw a “floating eyeball” type of gizmo. I just allowed all of these things to come together in my head at the same time. I am always looking for some new possibility.
With the new year comes new beginnings. When the clock hits midnight, it’s time to put the past year behind you and focus your attention on the upcoming twelve months. When the MOVA Globe was launched in 2004,it was uncertain how they would be received by the public and where the company would be in five years, let alone twelve.
Nevertheless, here at MOVA International, each year we have strived to take that next step, to go above and beyond. Since launching to the market, our MOVA Creations have undergone great expansion, with new collections such as MOVA Space, new designs like the award-winning Cassini Terrestrial, and our newest creation, the MOVA Cube.
Product expansion only encompasses part of the transformation of the company as a whole; we’ve expanded our team, moved into a larger warehouse in Southern California, won numerous awards, and added thousands of retailers as MOVA Partners worldwide.
With that being said, we’d like to share with you our New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. It’s our goal to continue adding inspiration to your lives through our products and service, and we thank you in advance for you continued support as we enter the New Year.
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2015 has been a big year for MOVA Globes. From garnering some coveted distinctions to launching new designs, we made it our mission to elevate MOVA Globes into the realm of extraordinary gift-giving. To cap off an exciting year, we want to recognize the MOVA Globes that leave a lasting impression on their owners. Thus, we are holding our first MOVA Best Gift Awards!
The Best Gift Awards competition gives you the opportunity to crown the MOVA Globes that you think are the leaders of their gift category. We nominated the most popular designs to represent 4 categories: Gift for Him, Gift For Her, The Stargazer, and The Designer. Cast your votes for the most outstanding MOVA Globes and help us determine the winners.
Want to take home a MOVA Globe? We will be giving away the four winning MOVA Globes to four lucky participants.
To Enter: Simply enter your email when voting for your favorite design(s) in the categories below. One email per category. You may vote once in each category. Vote in all categories to increase your chances of winning.
Grand Prize: Winners will receive a 4.5″ MOVA Globe (globe design based on most votes per category) in one of the categories in which they voted. Four winners will be selected.
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What are MOVA Globes?
MOVA Globes are unique, eye-catching globes that rotate continuously on their own in any interior space using ambient light. The globe is powered by hidden solar cells and magnetic to give a compelling view of the world, no batteries or wires needed. Available in a wide variety of collections including outer space, sports and art, MOVA Globes make a unique gift for any occasion.
Back in 2013, Alexander Hayes, a scientist on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, reached out to us about making a MOVA Globe version on one of Saturn’s moons, Titan, as a gift to his graduate school advisors. What started as a unique gift turned into one of our most intriguing and different MOVA Globe designs. We wanted to let Mr. Hayes answer the most common questions we get asked about this fascinating celestial body.
We spoke once again with renowned map collector David Rumsey. He told us more about the details and history behind our newest MOVA Globe, Cassini Celestial. We also discussed some of the first maps he collected as well as what he’s currently hunting for to add to his collection.
About the Cassini Celestial Globe
MOVA: What is unique about the depiction of the constellations on the Cassini Celestial globe?
David Rumsey: Partly the art. So beautiful the way he’s [Giovanni Maria Cassini] drawn them and colored them. The way this globe works is similar to most globes made at the time. Gods eye view. As if God was outside the whole universe and looking back in and seeing it as a globe. When you look at the Celestial globe you are seeing constellations in reverse from the way you would from the center of the earth. Telescopes from the area show things in reverse. When this globe was put into Google Sky in 2008 they had to reverse it and they were amazed that star positions were amazingly correct. Allowing for the change in time from 1790 to today and the procession of the sky because of the way the Earth rotates, the sky actually shifts. They know how much it shifted between 1792 and today and things lined up perfectly. He definitely had very good information and what was known of the other celestial knowledge of the time.
It is amazing to think that through a masterful play of colors, shapes, and arrangements that an artist can turn a plain canvas into an immersive piece and stir our imagination and conversation. The unspoken impact of an artist’s work is what sparked our creation of the MOVArt line, a collection of one-of-a-kind custom globes made in collaboration with talented artists and creative makers. Because it’s American Artist Appreciation Month this month, we’d like to share with you how the MOVArt™ collection started, how we discover new artists, and why we strive to infuse their visionary artwork with our patented motion.
The Termesphere MOVA Globes have a special place in the MOVA collection. Dick Termes – the creative mind behind the Termesphere designs – is the first artist we collaborated with to expand the creative potential of our MOVA Creations. Inspired by the works of M.C. Escher and Buckminster Fuller, Dick develops striking multi-dimensional worlds that challenge the way we see our surroundings while taking us headfirst into another world. With an ambitious vision, diverse collection of artwork, and international acclaim to boot, there’s no question why we were drawn to the work of this compelling American Artist. Just in time for American Artist Appreciation Month, we sat down with Dick to talk about his inspirations, his thoughts on our collaboration, and his upcoming projects.
Bill French is the creative and scientific mind behind MOVA Globes. His idea for the MOVA Globe took years to go from initial concept to final product but the inventor bug had gripped him long before that. Bill sat down with us to discuss how his upbringing led him to become an inventor, what that title means to him, and his inspiration for MOVA Globes.
We collaborated with artist Wendy Gold on the all-new Butterfly MOVA Globe. Wendy launched her company, ImagineNations™, in 2010 and has seen great success making one-of-a-kind decoupage globe designs and gaining popularity with people looking for creative upcycled items. When we first saw her amazing decoupage artwork, we knew it would be the perfect addition to our MOVArt line. We asked Wendy to tell us more about her design inspirations and how she started making her beautiful artwork.
We’re excited to once again be working with artist Dick Termes to bring his amazing Termespheres® and unique artwork to life as MOVA Globes. We need your help to determine which of his brilliant designs should join our collection next. Please complete this quick survey and tell us which artwork you’d love to see rotating in a store near you.
We met artist Andy Russell a few years ago at an art show and we were instantly mesmerized by the vibrant colors and intricate details of his paintings. When we decided to create our first holiday themed MOVA Globe, we immediately thought Andy was the right person for the job, commissioning him to make a winter village globe. The finished product, Home for the Holidays, is our first original piece in our MOVArt Collection. We spoke with Andy about his journey to becoming a professional artist, the challenges of making spherical art and the origins of his inspiration.
David Rumsey is the foremost map collector in the world. His collection contains more than 150,000 maps dating from 1700 to the 1950s. Almost 20 years ago, Rumsey began the process of digitizing the maps and now has over 55,000 maps available for the general public to view and download. In 2014 MOVA International contacted Rumsey about transforming some of his maps into unique MOVA Globes. The first map produced as a MOVA Globe is the Cassini Terrestrial. Launched in October 2014, the Cassini Terrestrial MOVA Globe has already become an instant favorite, winning the 2015 Luxury Gift of the Year Award from the UK’s Giftware Association. We sat down with Mr. Rumsey to discuss his love of maps, the intersection between art and technology and his perspective on the Cassini Terrestrial map.
Every March, millions of Americans young and old revel in the bonanza that is called March Madness. Essentially the playoffs of Division I college basketball, this bracket-style tournament brings everyone to unmatchable levels of excitement as they root for their favorite teams in a series of intense one-on-one matchups. A total of 68 college teams compete in a single elimination tournament for weeks until one prevails as the champion. Think of March Madness as a mini World Cup that occurs once every year rather than once every four years. There’s a reason why it’s labeled as “madness.”
This year, with all the “madness” we are undergoing, including new products, new designs, and a new website, we have decided to bring a little bit of March Madness to you.
Our vote-only contest gives you the opportunity to vote for and possibly win your favorite MOVA Globe. We have selected twelve of our most popular designs as competitors in MOVA’s first March Madness Tournament consisting of two voting rounds. The rest is all up to you. Simply follow the instructions and vote for your favorite design as many times as you would like. At the end of the tournament, a lucky participant will take home the winning MOVA Globe, determined by the highest number of votes.
So what are you waiting for?
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