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

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'Dadaglobe Reconstructed', Kunsthaus Zürich (design Norm, Zurich), Photo: Simon Schmid © FOC

'Hello, I am not from here', Peter Hauser (design Enea Toldo, Russo), Photo: Simon Schmid © FOC

'Michel Parmentier', Ludovic Balland (design Typography Cabinet, Bâle with Emmanuel Crivelli), Photo: Simon Schmid © FOC

'Intrus Sympathiques', Bernard Chadebec (design Olivier Lebrun & Urs Lehni, Paris/Zurich), Photo: Simon Schmid © FOC

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.

The dates of the expositions in Switzerland and Abroad will be communicated at the end of June 2017.

Helmhaus Zurich
Vernissage: Thursday 31st August 2017
Exhibition: Thursday 31st August 2017 until Sunday
3rd September 2017
Limmatquai 31, 8001 Zurich

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').