We thought Molly Molloy and Gianni Tozzi set the bar pretty high with the first issue of Parterre de Rois which combined carefully curated content and first-rate art to create a seamless first instalment of a new publication, all based on the theme “carnal.” As the second issue proves however, even the excellent can be bettered the second time around.
They’ve continued with the collage cover concept which originated with the last issue, as they have the thematic focus; this issue focuses on the idea “absent,” an idea which manifests itself through several beautiful art projects by the likes of Patti Smith (Patti Smith!), Lucy Williams, Andrew Miksys, Ilenia Cort and Mattero Mena.
They describe the issue: “Parterre de Rois is an imaginary dinner party of friends and strangers where one word is discussed by the guests, passed around, dissected and researched by insiders and outsiders. Good with their hands and good with their minds, the guests are photographers, artists, psychologists, poets, thinkers and game changers.” And with a limited edition of 500 copies, we’ll happily continue the metaphor and say that this is a swanky exclusive dinner and these guests people we desperately want to schmooze with.