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$11,168
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351
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 30 2015 10:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

 

NOUVEAU deck is inspired by the historical and mythological heroes and heroines traditionally featured in the French playing cards since the 16th century. As for the art style and design, we wanted to pay tribute to the philosophical and artistic trend Art nouveau, promoted and popularized in France in the late 19th century.

NOUVEAU and NOUVEAU TURQUOISE are fully custom decks manufactured and printed by Expert Playing Cards and designed by Bona fide Playing Cards. Both are limited editions of 1000 decks each that won't be printed again.

The playing cards as we know them today are inspired by the designs produced in Rouen, France, back in the 16th century. There are different theories about who the court cards represent, though it’s hard to find a widely accepted one as the Rouen cards were so badly copied that the current designs are gross distortions of the original cards.  As for our first card project (and surely not the last one), we decided to use the historical and mythological characters some believe were used for the creation of the first decks in Rouen, unlike the Kings, Queens and Jacks of the current cards, which represent no one in particular. Considering that, our deck faces go like this:

NOUVEAU King of Diamonds / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE King of Diamonds representing Roman leader Julius Caesar

NOUVEAU Queen of Diamonds / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Queen of Diamonds representing the biblical character Rachel

NOUVEAU Jack of Diamonds / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Jack of Diamonds representing the Greek mythological hero and prince Hector

NOUVEAU King of Clubs / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE King of Clubs representing the Greek King Alexander the Great 

NOUVEAU Queen of Clubs / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Queen of Clubs representing Eleanor of Aquitaine

NOUVEAU Jack of Clubs / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Jack of Clubs representing the legendary Knight Sir Lancelot

NOUVEAU King of Hearts / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE King of Hearts representing the King Charlemagne

NOUVEAU Queen of Hearts / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Queen of Hearts representing the biblical character Judith

NOUVEAU Jack of Hearts / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Jack of Hearts representing the French military commander Étienne de Vignolles(aka La Hire)

King of Spades representing the biblical King David (Soon)

Queen of Spades representing the Greek goddess Pallas Athena (Soon)

Jack of Spades representing the legendary character Ogier the Dane (Soon)

Taking into account that NOUVEAU is a standard playing card deck, it also features two Jokers. Our Jokers represent court jesters, just like the original Jokers first introduced in the 19th century.

Regarding the meaning of the suits, we can find just as many theories as for who the court cards represent. Just like before, we chose to use one of the most spread theories about the original French suits, where Spades were believed to represent nobility, Hearts the clergy, Diamonds the merchants and Clubs the commoners and the peasantry. If you take a closer look at our Aces, you can make out different characteristics and symbolisms representing each one of those categories.

NOUVEAU Ace of Spades / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Ace of Spades

NOUVEAU Ace of Diamonds / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Ace of Diamonds

NOUVEAU Ace of Clubs / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Ace of Clubs

NOUVEAU Ace of Hearts/ NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Ace of Hearts

As for the art style, we thought something of French inspiration was the  best idea as we are paying tribute to the original French deck. It was a hard decision, taking into account that France was always known as a place of artistic reference, so after some thought we chose to use a popular during the 19th century: Art Nouveau 

 -For those who have followed our previous campaign, you probably remember that it was intended to be a Bicycle deck, so the choice of the Art Nouveau style was also related to the birth of the Bicycle brand- 

Art Nouveau is a style of decorative art, architecture and design promoted and popularized in Paris in the late 19th century and characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms.

NOUVEAU Back / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Back

NOUVEAU Box

NOUVEAU TURQUOISE Box

NOUVEAU numbers / NOUVEAU TURQUOISE numbers

That said, the NOUVEAU Playing Card decks' features:

  • Printed by Expert Playing Cards
  • Two Editions
  • Limited Edition of 2,000 decks (1000 of each)
  • 100% completely custom designed cards
  • Custom Tuck Case
  • Custom limited edition seal
  • 56 cards including a full 52 card deck, plus 2 Jokers, 1 double backer card and one Ad card
  • Designed by Bona fide Playing Cards
Check out the Add-ons list here. Just add the corresponding amount of the Add-ons you want to your pledge, plus the shipping (only if you live outside the US), to know your total pledge amount. After the end of the campaign you'll be able to specify and confirm exactly the items you've pledged for. 

UNCUT SHEET

ART PRINT

WOODEN BOX

Risks and challenges

This is our first playing cards project and, like any other product, there always were, are and will be risks bringing it onto the market. However, we are positive our hard work and dedication will bring this project to life, making it the first in a long list of decks created by the young Bona Fide Playing Cards group.

For all those who have been following our project on our previous attempts, you can see that there have been significant changes, mainly the fact that it's not a Bicycle deck anymore. After the failure of our previous campaign, we reviewed all the feedback and decided that the right thing would be to launch two editions from the start and within our campaign's goal. In order to do that and keep our goal as low as possible, USPCC wasn't the right choice so we decided on the also well known Expert Playing Cards, so we're positive that we'll meet the expectations with the best quality product.

About the delivery: Once and if the project is backed, there can always happen unforeseen complications during the production and delivery process. Taking that into account, we've left a generous amount of time to ensure the production and delivery of all the items without delay. The fulfillment will be in charge of Lake Michigan Mailers, Inc.

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