Vahram Muratyan has been blogging and designing about NYC and gay Paree for practically decades, providing plenty of outstanding material for this cheekily chic postcard set.
Each card compares the two titular cities on a specific attribute, such as storied shopping destination (Champs-Élysées vs. Fifth Ave.), local coffee preference (espresso vs. Americano), and carbohydrate of choice (baguette vs. bagel)—all the way down to how denizens call to hail a cab. The cardstock is crisp, white, and sturdy—the fronts are printed in vivid color and coated for a smooth-to-the-touch finish. Each card back denotes the element being compared in the design en français, with a small New York vs. Paris logo in the corner. The stamp space reads “STAMP HERE s’il vous plait” and features a small icon of both the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building.
From the publisher: “A witty homage to both the Big Apple and the City of Lights, this collection of 50 visual comparisons between the two cities will delight anyone who appreciates well-observed illustrations of urban life. … In his crisp, minimalist style, artist Vahram Muratyan presents side-by-side comparisons of cultural touchstones.”
Size: 3.9” x 6”
Weight: 5 g
Artist: Vahram Muratyan
Publisher: Potter Style (Crown Publishing)
Printed in: China