Current Year

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of the year 2014 (awarded in January 2015)

About the awarded year

The Swiss Federal Office of Culture organizes the competition ‘The Most Beautiful Swiss Books’ on an annual basis. It thereby recognizes excellence in the field of book de¬sign and production, as well drawing attention to remarkable and contemporary books by Swiss designers, printers and publishers.

In January 2015, a five-member jury awarded 17 books of 2014. Subsequently, the selection was submitted to at the international competition 'Best Books from all over the world' (Stiftung Buchkunst, Frankfurt), where Switzerland got the gold medal for 'Fundamentalists and Other Arab Modernisms. Architecture from the Arab World 1914–2014', a bronze medal for 'Paul Chan. New New Testament' and an honourary diploma for the series 'fink twice' by Edition Fink.

'The Most Beautiful Swiss Books' of 2014 will be presented from 25. through 28. June 2015 at the Helmhaus Zürich, the catalogue showcasing the winning books of 2014 will be brought out at the same time. On the occasion of the exhibition opening, the Jan Tschichold Award winner of 2015, Urs Lehni, will be presented with his award.

In the autumn of 2015, the books will be shown for the first time in Basel, as well as in St. Gallen, Engadine and Geneva. As in the previous year, all the submitted books entered into the competition will be displayed alongside the award-winning titles. The dates and exhibition locations will be made public in June around the time of the Helmhaus exhibition in Zürich.

By invitation of various institutions and local hosts, the awarded books will also travel abroad. Exhibitions are planned, among others, in Kopenhagen and Skive (Denmark), Oslo (Grafill), Paris (Centre culturel suisse), Venice (bruno Bookshop) and Vienna (Typographische Gesellschaft Austria).

Helmhaus Zürich
Opening: Thursday, 25 June 2015
Exhibition: 26 to 28 June 2015
Limmatquai 31, 8001 Zürich

Schule für Gestaltung, St. Gallen
In the context of Tÿpo St. Gallen
Opening: Monday, 14 September 2015
Exhibition: 15 to 26 September 2015
Demutstrasse 115, 9012 St. Gallen,

Centre culturel suisse Paris
Opening: Friday, 18 September 2015
Exhibition: 19 September to 13 December 2015
32, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
F-75003 Paris

Hotel Piz Linard, Lavin Engadin
Opening: Friday, 16 October 2015
Exhibition: 16 to 18 October 2015
Biblioteca Linard, Hotel Piz Linard
7543 Lavin,

Kunsthalle Basel
Opening: Thursday, 22. October 2015
Exhibition: 23 October to 1 November 2015
Steinenberg 7, 4051 Basel

Institut curatorial de la HEAD – Genève
Opening: Wednesday, 25. November 2015
Exhibition: 26 November to 29 November 2015
Rue du Beulet 4, 1203 Genève

Jan-Tschichold Award

Each 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 launched in 1944. The Federal Department of Home Affairs entrusted the jury in 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, is awarded to the designer, publisher and professor Urs Lehni (*1974 in Lucerne). The jury, in its appreciation of this year’s awardee, recognizes the surprising and heterogenous publications which Lehni produces in his small publishing house Rollo Press (founded 2008), books whose quality attract a far-flung audience. Time and again, Lehni develops unique solutions for books in close collaboration with artists or institutions. As a publisher and teacher, Lehni is interested in critically questioning and reflecting the practice of publishing and of the publishing trade (see short biography attached).