The Most Beautiful Swiss Books

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Event for Bundesamt für Kultur
London, 2011, 2012, 2013

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition was established to promote and reward top-quality book design in Switzerland. It was established in 1943 by the famous typographer and designer Jan Tschichold. The awarded books form an exhibition that travels to various cities around the world.

From 2011 to 2013, Kellenberger–White curated the annual UK showcase of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books winners. The programme included a one-night exhibition and accompanying event.

In 2011, the programme included an exhibition and accompanying event – ‘Thoughts on a Book’ – an evening of talks at the St Bride Foundation. Speakers included: Brian Dillon, Will Holder, Stewart Home, Justin McGuirk, John Morgan and Pieternel Vermoortel. The discussion was chaired by critic and design historian David Crowley, and accompanied by a special film about the books, made in collaboration with MA Critical Writing in Art and Design students from the Royal College of Art. The film is available to view on the website, click here.

In 2012, the headline event saw artist Ari Marcopolous in conversation with book designer Benjamin Sommerhalder, discussing the making of the artist’s monograph Directory (Rizzoli, 2011).

In 2013, the headline event saw architects Trix and Robert Haussmann in conversation with Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen (Studiolo), discussing the making of the architects new book Trix + Robert Haussmann (Studiolo/Edition Patrick Frey, 2012). The talk was hosted at Open School East.

Project team
Organised by Kellenberger–White
Art direction and design: Kellenberger–White
2013 lead image: ‘Stripes’ by Trix + Robert Haussmann
Stand design: Faudet–Harrison
Website: Twelve