We had the pleasure this month of speaking with another MOVA Globe collector! Joe Igber reached out to us through email and had such kind words and great enthusiasm for MOVA Creations. We knew then that we had to do a Q&A with him to learn more about his MOVA story! Read on to learn about how Joe started his collection, his experience with the globes, and how he feels being a part of the MOVA community.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Nigeria, but moved to Honolulu with my family when I was roughly 3 years old. I lived in Oahu until I left to go to school at the University of California Berkeley.
What’s the whole story of how you first encountered MOVA Globes?
I was looking to spruce up my home office and came across some Artline Globes a few years ago. I went back to the site to purchase another globe – since I gave away the original one to my nephew – and came across this mythical product [MOVA Globes] that boasted of distracting its owner to the point where it would be hard to get work done. Needless to say, I was intrigued.
Which was the first MOVA Globe design that you purchased and why?
The Natural Earth was my first purchase. I figured a product that doesn’t require electricity and seems to be suspended in mid-air on top of your desk seemed like something that could be nice. I could have never imagined how captivating these things are. I truly couldn’t get work done for the first couple of days because I would keep watching the world turn. And no electricity!
Was there anything that held you back from purchasing the globes?
Only the price. But if these things were cheaper I probably wouldn’t have bought them.
How did you start collecting more?
I couldn’t help myself – I kept going back to the site to look at other globes and kept on creating reasons as to why I needed another one. I finally decided to add the 4.5″ Mars to accompany her sister planet Earth (I kind of like how they almost resemble the actual scale since the earth is 6″ and Mars is 4.5″). I’ve since ordered the 6″ Jupiter and will mostly likely get one more planet by mid-year. I’ve been eyeing the 6″ Venus, but don’t tell my partner! She’ll have a fit if she knows I bought another one.
Could you tell us about your experience with the globes? What’s your favorite aspect?
I really like people’s reactions because they usually look at them and don’t really realize that they’re rotating at first, but then they finally get around to asking how they turn. I enjoy watching their thought process as they quietly work it out in their heads before finally giving up. I usually give a cheeky smile and say “magic”.
My favorite aspect of the globes by far is the no need for a plug. Just sunlight. Too bad we can’t make more things work purely on this principal. This helps to keep me creative and constantly admire the trees that have mastered this utilization of sunlight since the dawn of time.
Where do you display them?
I put my globes right on my desk. I’m moving my office so I might put them on the shelves, but the natural earth will always be on my desk.
Any memorable interactions from friends and family when they see the globes?
So far the reactions have all been the same. They think I’ve got some witchcraft going because I’ve always been one to come up with alternate ways to arrive at the same conclusion. Some might even say I tend to do so with my own style and these globes are a definite compliment to how I see this life.
What’s your dream design?
I don’t have any dream designs at the moment – I’m still captivated by these products myself. Perhaps there could be multiple clear globes within the outer shell spinning at different rates so the cloud cover could actually look to be moving with respect to the surface of my blue earth.
Do you have any words for other MOVA fans?
No words – just a kindred feeling that comes along with anything that silently captivates the few of us that take time to pay attention to the little joys of this crazy world.