The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of the year 2017 (awarded in January 2018)

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 18 ti­tles as the Most Beau­ti­ful Swiss Books of 2017.

The Most Beau­ti­ful Swiss Books of 2017 will be on dis­play to the pub­lic at the Helmhaus Zurich from 21st to 24th June. 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 2018, the "Most Beau­ti­ful Swiss Books 2017" 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 Copenhagen (Of­fi­cin), Oslo (Gra­fill), Paris (Cent­re cul­tu­rel su­is­se), Brussels (erg ─ école de re­cher­che gra­phi­que et su­pé­ri­eu­re des arts), Vienna (Ty­po­gra­phi­sche Ge­sell­schaft Aus­tria) and Saint Petersboug.


The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2017 exhibition

in Switzerland

Helmhaus Zürich
Thursday 21.06. ─ Sunday 24.06.2018
Opening: Thursday 21st June 2018, 7.15 pm
Limmatquai 31, 8001 Zurich

Biblioteca Linard, Lavin Engadin
Thursday 07.09. ─ Sunday 09.09.2018
Hotel Piz Linard, 7543 Lavin

Kunsthalle Basel
Thursday 11.10. ─ Sunday 21.10.2018
Steinenberg 7, 4051 Basel

Galerie L'Elac
Thursday 22.11. ─ Friday 7.12.2018
5, Avenue du Temple, 1020 Renens

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 25,000, goes to the printer Che Huber (*1954) (see short biography in ‘Downloads').