For $200k, a visual record of a residence

John Bigelow Taylor and his wife, Dianne Dubler, creaters of Kubaba books
John Bigelow Taylor and his wife, Dianne Dubler, creaters of Kubaba books

The latest luxury for the upper echelons of the 1 percent is a coffee table book memorializing their (multiple) homes.

John Bigelow Taylor, 64, a Manhattan photographer, and his wife, Dianne Dubler, 68, created Kubaba books four years ago to create highly personalized, creative works that provide a visual record of a residence, according to the New York Times.

And having your home memorialized isn’t cheap – an order of 200 books costs about $200,000. So far they’ve had five orders.

“It is, in a way, like the books that the decorator William Haines did,” Suzanne Slesin, publisher and editorial director of Pointed Leaf Press, an art- and design-book publishing company, told the Times. “When he finished a house, he would make a book and present it to the homeowner. Like the wedding album — it is a clever extension of that.” [NYT]Christopher Cameron

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