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The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of the year 2011 (awarded in January 2012)

1961–2011 Frauenzentrale Luzern. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Adolf Wölfli Univers. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Aldo Rossi und die Schweiz. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Amber. Arnhem Mode Biennale 2011. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Armand Schulthess. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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A Stack of Books. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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bbabaubaumbaudevin. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Wade Guyton. Black Paintings. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Das ABC eines Typografen. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Ari Marcopoulos. Directory. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Dürrenmatt. Sein Leben in Bildern. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Éditions Macula, Paris. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Empty Words. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Ghost Knigi. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Hannes Wettstein Seeking Archetypes. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Andreas Züst. Himmel. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Ich / Buchstabendrescher etc. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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In the Beginning it was Humid. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Kiese und Sande der Schweiz. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Lange Liste 79-97. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Neue Menschen. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Oskar Tiger. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Poemotion. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Post Apocalyptic Sciencefiction B-Movies. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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The Line. Saul Steinberg, 1954. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Tooled Sundays. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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Ulica Nowa 3. Photography: Scheltens & Abbenes, Amsterdam
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About the awarded year

The competition 'The Most Beautiful Swiss Books' on an annual basis. It 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 independent, five-member jury presided by Manuel Krebs, awarded a total of 27 books from a total of 392 submissions as the most beautiful Swiss books of 2011. The Jan Tschichold Award, which honours excellence in the field of book design, this year goes to printer Erich Keiser of the Druckerei Odermatt in Dallenwil (canton of Nidwalden), Switzerland.

For the first time in nine years, two children's books have been awarded: 'Oskar Tiger' by Dieter Meier and Franziska Burkhardt (Kein & Aber) as well as 'Ghost Knigi' by Benjamin Sommerhalder (Nieves).

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 6. to 11. July 2012, the The Most Beautiful Swiss Books will be exhibited at the Helmhaus Zürich, along­side the simultaneous publication of the catalogue showcasing the competition (design: Aude Lehmann). On the occasion of the exhibition opening, the Jan Tschichold Award winner will receive his award.

In the autumn of this year, the books will be presented, for the first time, at ECAL/University of Art & Design Lausanne. As in the previous year, all the submitted books entered into the competition will be displayed along­side the award-winning titles.

Exhibitions


Helmhaus Zurich
Vernissage : Thursday, 5. July 2012, from 6 pm
Exhibition : 6. – 8. July, 10 am – 6 pm
Helmhaus Zürich
Limmatquai 31
8001 Zurich
www.helmhaus.org

Lavin, Engadin
staziun  Lavin, 3. to 5. August 2012
www.staziun-lavin.ch


Centre culturel suisse Paris
Exhibition: 15. September to
16. December 2012
Centre culturel suisse Paris
Librairie, 32 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
F - 75003 Paris
www.ccsparis.com


ECAL Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne
Vernissage : 7. November 2012
Exhibition : 7. to 14. November 2012
5, avenue du Temple
1020 Renens
www.ecal.ch


Sitterwerk St. Gallen - Art Library
Opening: Sunday, 18 November 2012, 2-6 pm
Exhibition : 18. November to
16. December 2012
Sitterwerk
Sittertalstrasse 34
9014 St. Gall
www.sitterwerk.ch

Jan-Tschichold Award

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 Erich Keiser, of the printing company Odermatt in Dallenwil (canton of Nidwalden), Switzerland. It is the first time that the jury awards a specialist from the printing domain. The jury also wishes thereby to stress the importance of the partnership between printers, designers and publishers. Erich Keiser manages, in an exemplary fashion, to facilitate an overall collaboration along the interfaces of publishing, design and production. This expands the potential for unconventional and top-quality outcomes. It is a fact that technical know-how  is strongly linked to production facilities, and that these, owing to the economic situation, are now increasingly being sought  outside of Switzerland. This advancing brain drain is a development which the jury feels necessary to draw attention to.

Since 1998, already fifty publications printed by Odermatt have been awarded with the prize of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books. Erich Keiser's commitment to the highest standards of printing quality, his openness for and support of unconventional projects and solutions are indisputable. Keiser is known as a specialist and consultant who tries to make individual solutions possible and who continuously questions and optimizes the technical process. Often, it is he who facilitates certain design decisions and thereby he influences the look and feel of a book much beyond the printed execution. The Odermatt printing company plays a pioneering role in printing techniques, and is also known abroad for the excellent quality it delivers. For example, reputed galleries in London and New York have their elaborate catalogues printed by this small printing house in Dallenwil.