The declining appeal of playing cards no doubt has something to do with the wonders of modern technology. The Curator Deck cannot boast any bells and whistles but its enchanting design is sure to bring some electronic gaming converts back to a more traditional form of entertainment.
Artist Emmanuel José has produced a series of spellbinding illustrations that turn the familiar format of playing cards into something much more bewitching. Little cartoons done with black ink and red accents allude to the scenes of old time tall tales.
The House of Playing Cards puts these drawings onto the proper paper rectangles so that stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, the Frog Prince and Humpty Dumpty can incite a spark of delightful nostalgia in those who crack out the Curator Deck.
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