Behind the Book
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2017

8th November – 6th December 2018
Umlaut space, 53 Fashion Street, London E1 6PX
Open on weekdays, from 9am – 6pm,
and at weekend by appointment only

Opening party
Wednesday 7th November, 6.30–8.30pm

Behind the Book an evening of talks
Thursday 6 December 2018
Auditorium at the Istituto Marangoni
30 Fashion Street, E1 6PX

Doors open 6pm, talks start 6.30pm
The event is free, with limited space and booking is required.

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition was established to promote and reward finest book design in Switzerland, at the behest of the famous typographer and designer Jan Tschichold in 1943.

The Swiss Federal Office of Culture organises the competition on an annual basis. Its purpose is to recognise excellence in the field of book design and production, as well as drawing attention to the array of remarkable and contemporary books by Swiss designers, printers and publishers. The five-person jury, chaired by Gilles Gavillet, assessed the submissions and selected 24 titles as The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2017.

The exhibition is hosted in London by designer Mathias Clottu in the Umlaut space, with an installation created with Dyvik Kahlen Architects.

On the occasion of the finissage of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books exhibition in London, an evening of talks will be chaired by Sam Thorne, around the theme of this year’s catalogue ‘Architecture of the Book’.

Vincent de Roguin and Nicola Todeschini will present their work on the wide-ranging archival volume documenting the 30-year success story of rock band The Young Gods from French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Jinhye Lee and Thibault Froissant will present a collection of redesigned Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2017. This project was result of an assignment given by Julia Born during the 6 weeks residency in Zurich.

David Bennewith will share some insights as an ex-jury member.

Read more about the speakers here