Join us to look at some beautiful Swiss books, taste some Swiss snacks and sample Swiss schnapps. A panel of award-winning designers will discuss the question posed to the jury this year: ‘Have You Ever Kissed a Book?’ Details to follow soon.
This year, The Most Beautiful Swiss Books is hosted in London by designer Mathias Clottu as part of the Ambit series at the umlaut¨ space, an initiative by the Swiss Cultural Fund UK and Blattler Ltd. The installation has been created collaboratively with London-based architects Nicholas Lobo Brennan and Astrid Smitham.
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition was established to promote and reward the 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 annual competition. It recognises 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 for the first time by Gilles Gavillet (Gavillet & Cie, Optimo typefoundry), assessed the submissions and selected 18 titles as The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2015. This is the last stop for the touring exhibition of the award-winning publications following installations at Helmhaus Zurich, Kunsthalle Basel, ECAL / University of Arts and Design in Lausanne, Museo Civico Villa dei Cedri in Bellinzona, Centre culturel suisse in Paris, as well as Copenhagen, Oslo, Venice and Vienna.
Mathias Clottu is a Swiss designer based in London. Since 2011 he has been handling text and images with John Morgan. In January 2016 he established a studio in East London, and now develops his work in collaboration with cultural institutions and individuals. He regularly teaches in Switzerland.