A book carefully edited as a garden, where every species has its place and time to bloom.
Zio Baritaux is the brains behind publishing house Zioxla; and added Strange Plants III on the list last summer. What started from a personal desire, grew out into something bigger than Zio had imagined. Strange Plants editions I and II sold out very quick, and Strange Plants III is on its way to do the same.
The skillfully edited books by Zio Baritaux grew from the desire to ‘inspire others, and challenge the way people look at both plants and art.’ The books feature the work of several artists—from oozing paintings of rotting cacti to eerie, mesmeric photos of the leafy kudzu vine—and discusses the role plants play in the artists’ personal lives. “The artists were challenged to think about their work in new ways and ruminate on their unique experiences with plants,” Baritaux says. Strange Plants brings together photography, illustration, collage – all kinds of media that flourish in their own way.
The Strange Plants books are designed by Folch Studio, an award-winning design house in Barcelona, also responsible for Apartamento Magazine. Folch was engaged in all aspects of the design and production of Strange Plants, and created delicate and tactile covers inspired by the interactive nature of pressing flowers inside a book.
Strange Plants III is the latest addition. The 164-page book features the work of 50 artists (with Synchrodogs on the cover!), and includes large-scale paintings of overgrown cactus gardens; filmic and otherworldly photos of water lilies; glitchy textiles of roses sourced from social media; and so much more.
Get the latest edition while it’s still in stock! And don’t worry, if you’re too late, check out the Zioxla website: its regularly updated with inspiring content pulled up from the books.