vrijdag 20 juni 2008


The Best Designed Books 2007

27.06.08 - 30.09.08
Every year, the Dutch Best Designed Books Foundation (Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken) presents the best designed books of the past year at the Stedelijk Museum. This year 33 books have been selected out of all those published in the Netherlands in 2007.

Each year, a jury of five professionals selects books that stand out in terms of design and production technique. In the course of 2007, Dutch publishers, commissioning bodies, designers and printers together submitted a total of 465 books Рan unprecedented number. The jury, consisting of Kees van den Hoek (Uitgeverij THOTH, Bussum), Ben Laloua (designers Ben Laloua/Didier Pascal, Rotterdam), Pieter Tielen (Drukkerij Tielen, Boxtel), Julius Vermeulen (adviser on Art and Design to Koninklijke TNT Post, The Hague) and René van der Vooren (designer, Amsterdam), whittled these down to the 33 books shortlisted as the Best Designed Books of 2007.

The selection includes the impressive monograph Eva Besny√∂ (Uitgeverij Voetnoot), designed by Barends & Pijnappel, and Ringel Goslinga. Family Tree (Veenman Publishers), designed by Johan Thermaenius and Roger Willems. Irma Boom, two of whose publications won international medals as well as local acclaim last year, is among this year’s Dutch award-winners with two more books: Inside Outside. Petra Blaisse (NAi Publishers) and Sur place (Fortis Stichting Kunst en Historisch Bezit).

This year’s Best Designed Books exhibition will travel to other venues in the Netherlands and abroad. It is once again accompanied by a catalogue published by the Best Designed Books Foundation and containing a jury report on all the books selected.