Part of our mission when starting this business was to expand horizons for puzzlers and bring them joy with familiar brands and also introduce them to brands they may not have encountered before. To bring the new and interesting to the puzzling community.
We couldn't think of a better company to start off our 'Puzzle Company of the Month' blog than Laurence King Publishing (LK). If we are honest we have had a bit of a crush on these guys since we started.
So who are LK?
Established in London in 1991, Laurence King Publishing is now recognised as one of the world’s leading publishers of books and gifts on the creative arts. We work with some of the world’s best illustrators, designers, artists and photographers to create beautifully produced books and gifts which are acclaimed for their inventiveness, beautiful design and authoritative texts. - LK Publishing*
What we LOVE
The subject matter has a focus on the arty, creative and sometimes surreal. All of the Puzzles have a depth far greater than what you see on first glance. As you delve deeper into the images you will find clever references and quirky depictions of characters, films, artists etc... that create a wonderful diversion and make great talking points. See if you can spot Romeo and Juliette in 'The World of Shakespeare' or test your Movie knowledge with 'Inside the Chocolate Factory'. Adventure awaits with every title.
The pieces are of superb quality with very minimal dust. The images are in high definition with excellent colour. The finish is slightly matte so as to minimise the dreaded shiny glare.
The Boxes are beautiful and unique for every design. A valued keepsake. Our favourites are the World of Shakespeare and The World of Sherlock Holmes because of the way the image wraps around the edge of the box (Don't worry, there is a full size image of the puzzle on the back of the box too). Some titles also include a poster folded inside.
Titles from LK so far:
The Dream of Surrealism - Brecht Vandenbroucke
Piece together the artists, poets and muses behind the movement that turned the art world on its head, and then pushed it through the looking glass.
Wander the abandoned streets of a Giorgio de Chirico city and follow Salvador Dalí’s moustache and René Magritte’s bowler hat into a world where a pipe is not a pipe, Sigmund Freud dances a tango with a skeleton, lobsters answer the phone and donkeys tap out the rhythm on baby grands.
The Story of Impressionism- Marcel George
Piece together the Paris of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters and discover the people and places that helped create the modern world.
Raise a glass with Édouard Manet at the Folies Bergères. Take a front row seat for the Can-Can with Henri de Toulouse Lautrec at the Moulin Rouge. Get to the point with Georges Seurat on the banks of the Seine. And catch Edgar Degas sketching the ballerinas of the Paris Opera.
The World of Shakespeare- Adam Simpson
Piece together the world of Shakespeare in this art jigsaw puzzle depicting the
London of his day. Spot a huge cast of contemporary extras as A Midsummer Night’s Dream is rehearsed at the Globe and fellow actors wander the streets, along with local characters who may well have provided the Bard with inspiration. From lovers ascending ladders and bears being baited to tavern brawls and summer fetes, there is something to delight in every detail.
The World of Frida Kahlo - Holly Black, illustrations by Laura Callaghan
Piece together the world of the genius that is Frida Kahlo in this art jigsaw puzzle that tells the story of her life, her art and her career. Spot a huge cast of contemporary extras – Kahlo’s family and famous friends – among a bustling Mexican scene, and find references to her artworks alongside her various exotic pets.
The World of Sherlock Holmes- Nicholas Utechin, illustrations by Doug John Miller
Don your deerstalker and immerse yourself in Holmes’ London, complete with bodies, boat chases, and, of course, 221B Baker Street. Once you’ve assembled the puzzle, the game is afoot! Hunt for Conan-Doyle’s most memorable characters, from the hound at Baskerville Hall to Moriarty, Dr. Watson, Mycroft and more, as well as real historical figures from the era.
POP Art Puzzle - Andrew Rae
With Pop Art Puzzle piece together the pop art universe in this 1000 piece
jigsaw puzzle depicting the madcap world of art from Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull. Spot a huge collection of art-world darlings (including Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo and Yayoi Kusama) and savour a fantastical multitude of artistic details as you build the puzzle.
Inside the Chocolate Factory. A Movie Puzzle - Little White Lies
Piece together the world of Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory in this candy-covered 1000 piece puzzle. As weird and wonderful as Wonka’s vision, the surreal illustration references the 1971 film as well as Roald Dahl’s original book, at the same time throwing open the doors of the factory to include real-life characters (some stranger than fiction) so you can spot a kaleidoscopic cast of characters and details as you build the puzzle. From chocolate fountains and lickable wallpaper to Gene Wilder and Elizabeth II, no matter how much of a fan you are, we guarantee there will be some surprises!
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