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Books as visual art—or visual art in the form of books—is not a particularly novel concept; but in an increasingly digitized literary culture, the printed page takes on greater resonance and a sense of urgency. New York-based book publisher Farameh Media is doing its dazzling best to keep alive the notion of the printed book as valuable commodity.

Founder Patrice Farameh’s publishing house specializes in conceiving, producing and publishing a knockout line of tightly edited limited edition books—labeled The Curated Collection—that are given the kind of aesthetic consideration reserved for luxury goods. Much like fellow art book publishers Phaidon and Taschen, Farameh taps into a niche market of art, design and literary enthusiasts for whom tactile experience still counts for something.

Farameh distinguishes itself by focusing on a highly specific, even quirky, range of topics—recent subjects have included a lavish photographic essay on modern speakeasy clubs; and a review of the human skull as design element in contemporary visual culture—wrapped in extravagant, beguilingly beautiful bespoke packaging designed to catapult each book from mere coffee table tome to full-fledged art piece.

The Curated Collection will be on view at the international contemporary art fair Scope Basel, June 10-16.

Screen shot 2013-05-29 at 11.34.48 AMFor Which It Stands: Americana in Contemporary Art, edited by Carla Sakamoto.

 

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Rough Luxe, edited by Kahi Lee
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Secret Society: Modern Speakeasy Style and Design, edited by Christian Alexander

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Skull Style, curated by Patrice Farameh

 

Images: Farameh Media

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