Sjoerd Vonk

In my world maps, my goal is to show the beauty of both the organized and the organic.

I love wood; the colors, the designs, the warmth; the allure of a beautiful grain pattern and the comfort of a smoothly sanded surface. Wood has a potential and willingness to be shaped into something unique and beautiful.

I love math; its preciseness and ability to create order are beautiful to me. Numbers and geometry intrigue and inspire me toward new designs.

I also love world maps. Always have. The unique shape of the continents, the altitude differences, the colors of the landscape; they speak to me. And they make a great place for wood and math to converge.

Wood, math and world maps; That’s my art.

I’m also a perfectionist. And I’m drawn by the idea of perfect harmony between the seemingly incompatible of the organic (wood) and the organized (stylized design). I want my designs to display the beauty that is in the wood, and vice versa.

In my world map art, my goal is to show the beauty of both the organized and the organic.


When I graduated a master’s degree in Industrial Design in 2013, I felt drawn toward expressing creativity with my hands. Something I used to do a lot when I was younger. That year, I made my first wooden artwork; a world map. Since then, I have designed many world maps and other 3D panels.

The majority of my portfolio consists of 3D panels. In a few years of working as an artist, I have developed a unique art style, using wood to create 3D images. With this style I have designed and created world maps, cityscapes and more.