Current Year

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of the year 2016 (awarded in January 2017)

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 design and production, as well drawing attention to remarkable and contemporary books by Swiss designers, printers and publishers.

The five-member jury appraised all the submissions and selected 24 titles as the Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2016.

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2016 will be on display to the public at the Helmhaus Zurich from 31st august to 3rd september. The catalogue of this year's competition will be published at the same time. The winner of the Jan Tschichold Award will be honoured at the vernissage. Further events at the weekend will examine key issues related to the subject of books.

From autumn 2017, the "Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2016" exhibition will be presented at a series of locations in Switzerland. Each year, the award-winning books also travel abroad at the invitation of local institutions and events, with exhibition venues this time round including Rhode Island, Providence, US (RISD ─ Rhode Island School of Design), San José, Costa Rica (Despacio), London (Umlaut), Paris (Centre culturel suisse), Copenhagen (Officin) and Oslo (Grafill), Vienna (Typographische Gesellschaft Austria) and Brussels (erg ─ école de recherche graphique et supérieure des arts).

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2016 exhibition in Switzerland

Helmhaus Zurich
Thursday 31.8. ─ Sunday 3.9.2017
Opening: Thursday 31 August 2017, 7.15 p.m.
Limmatquai 31, 8001 Zurich

Biblioteca Linard, Lavin Engadin
Friday 22.9. ─ Sunday 24.9.2017
Hotel Piz Linard, 7543 Lavin

Espace d’exposition / Cinéma
Thursday 12.10. ─ Saturday 28.10.2017
Bâtiment Général-Dufour
Rue de Hesse 5, 1204 Genève

Schule für Gestaltung St. Gallen
As part of Tÿpo St. Gallen
Monday 6.11. ─ Saturday 18.11.2017
Demutstrasse 115, 9012 St. Gallen

Progr Bern
Thursday 23.11. ─ Saturday 2.12.2017
Zentrum für Kulturproduktion
Waisenhausplatz 30
3011 Bern

Jan-Tschichold Award

Organised by the FOC since 1997, the Jan Tschichold Award recognises outstanding achievements in book design by an individual, group or institution. It is bestowed independently of the competition. This year's award, which is endowed with CHF 15,000, goes to the group Bonbon Valeria Bonin (*1978) and Diego Bontognali (*1977) (see short biography in ‘Downloads').