The Imperial Deck designed by the House of Playing Cards, is inspired by the beautiful Imperial Eggs created by the House of Fabergé from the late 1800's to early 1900's. Currently only available on Kickstarter, the project has been successfully funded - reaching the funding goal of $10k with more than 20 days remaining. The deck's unique eggs were modelled and rendered beautifully in a 3D software package and each of the four suits focuses on a different style and color palette.
For example, the diamond eggs all have a Nature/Fantasy/Elfish vibe, while the clubs are inspired by Greek mosaics, colors and geometric shapes. The Russian Double-Headed Eagle is the focal point for the hearts and red back eggs, and they also draw inspiration from ancient Rome. Lastly, the spades and black back eggs all have a Baroque/Gothic look and feel.
For the court cards, the designer created a theme to differentiate the hierarchy of Cards- the Jacks are the "Warrior" eggs within each suit. The Queens are simple, elegant and use light colors. The Kings are the most decorative and ornate of the court eggs and contains a "Crown" at the top.
The deck will be printed by the United States Playing Card Company. Along with the deck, a 20-Page Collectors Art Book will be available for pledges above $33 - a perfect companion for the deck! Each Book will be hand-signed by the designer, Randy Butterfield.
The first deck is due out to the backers by December 2013.