The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of the year 2010 (awarded in January 2011)
Früh los. Im Gespräch mit Bergsteigerinnen über siebzig. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
Das Heer des Rebben. Einblicke in die Chabad-Bewegung. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
Soie pirate. Geschichte und Stoffkreationen der Firma Abraham (Vol. 1+2). Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
Der Sturm (1910–1932). Expressionistische Graphik und Lyrik. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
Teaching Architecture: 3 Positions Made in Switzerland, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Venice branch. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
Cerith Wyn Evans. Everyone’s gone to the movies, now we’re alone at last… Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
About the awarded year
At the competition 'The Most Beautiful Swiss Books' of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, the independent jury chose a total of 19 books as the most beautiful Swiss books of 2010. Subsequently, the awarded books were entered in the international competition of the Stiftung Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany, where they were appraised by an international jury. A total of three Swiss books were ranked among the most beautiful: A silver medal for 'TITLE' (Ramaya Tegegne, Geneva), a bronze medal for 'Christian Waldvogel. Earth Extremes' (Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess, Zürich) and an honorary appreciation for the series 'Teaching Architecture' (Kaleidoscope Press / gta Verlag).
391 books were entered into this year's competition. The five-member jury, chaired by graphic designer Cornel Windlin, examined each entry and conferred the title of most beautiful Swiss book of 2010 on a total of 19 books. The Federal Office of Culture thereby recognizes excellence in the field of book design and production, as well drawing attention to remarkable and contemporary books by Swiss designers, printers and publishers.
The jury takes into account each book's overall concept, graphic design and typography, and pays particular attention to innovation and originality. Further criteria include the quality of the printing and the cover, the binding and the materials used.
From 24th to 26th June 2011, the The Most Beautiful Swiss Books will be exhibited at the Helmhaus Zürich, alongside the simultaneous publication of the catalogue showcasing the competition. The new catalogue will be designed by Aude Lehmann. On the occasion of the exhibition opening, the Jan Tschichold Award winner will receive her award. The exhibition will then travel to Lavin/Engadin, St. Gallen, Bienne and Geneva. As in the previous year, all the submitted books entered into the competition will be displayed alongside the award-winning titles.
Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
About the exhibitions
Ecole d'Arts Visuels Berne et Bienne
21 octobre- 5 novembre 2011
du lundi au vendredi de 14.00 - 18.00 h et
le samedi de 11.00 - 15.00 h.
Vendredi, 21 octobre 2011, 18 h
Beat Trummer, vice-directeur Responsable des arts visuels Bienne
Anisha Imhasly, OFC Discussion sur l'exposition avec Raphael Amstutz
Une sélection des plus beaux livres suisses des dernières trois années sera mise en vente pendant le vernissage.
Mardi, 25 octobre 2011 à 18.30 h
Ludovic Balland, graphiste et typographe, présentera sa trilogie Teaching Architecture, primée au concours Les plus beaux livres suisses 2010
Mardi, 1er novembre 2011 à 18.30 h
Christoph Schifferli, Jurymitglied der schönsten Schweizer Bücher und Buchsammler spricht über seine langjährige Sammlungstätigkeit
Forde, Espace d'art contemporain
9 au 12 novembre 2011
mercredi, 9 novembre 2011, 18 h
Every year the jury bestows, independently of the books submitted for the competition, the Jan Tschichold Award in memory of the typographer Jan Tschichold, on whose initiative the Swiss book design competition was conceived in 1944. The Federal Department of Home Affairs entrusted the jury 1997 with the task of annually awarding this honour to an individual, a group or an institution for outstanding book design achievement. This year, the Jan Tschichold Award, which is endowed with 15,000 Swiss francs, was awarded to Julia Born, a Swiss graphic designer living and working in Amsterdam. Since years, Julia Born's books have been represented in the selection of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books with impressive regularity. Her publications almost invariably end up in the final selection, which is all the more surprising given that Julia Born breaks with conventional models and frequently explores new ground. Often, her books are the result of a close collaboration with the respective authors. Time and again, she manages to deliver persuasive and surprising results for complex subject matter, and does so with admirable effortlessness, precision and extraordinary production-related judgement.