‘great wave’, 2012
altered book, inks
19 x 15 x 23 cm (7.5 x 6 x 9 inches)
fully booked: ink on paper – design & concepts for new publications
editors: r. klanten, m. hübner, a. losowsky
release date: february 2013
credits: preface and chapter introductions by andrew losowsky
format: 24-30 cm
features: 272 pages, full color, hardcover
designboom rating: (must have)
the material presence of a book is lost when expressed through digital media. reading something on a monitor does not quite translate the thinness or thickness of a publication, release the smell of its pages, allow you to understand its volume…many features such as such as embossing, gilt edging, japanese binding, letter printing, paper texture are only experienced through print, and so it is not surprising that a slew of contemporary designers, editors, illustrators, publishers and typographers are working to re-establish the importance of the physical book. gestalten’s ‘fully booked: inked on paper - design and concepts for new publications’ brings together a collection of books and related products which celebrate the distinctiveness of materials, production methods, techniques and workmanship, pushing the limits of these approaches in the context of the medium of print.
fully booked: ink on paper (front cover)
divided into five thematic sections: the storyteller, the showmaster, the teacher, businessman and the collector, ‘fully booked…’ showcases a broad range of titles, from personal projects, limited edition titles, artists books and brand publications, each one presenting unconventional subject matter or containing radical editorial or design concepts, highlighted through the works of coralie bickford-smith, irma boom, deutsche & japaner, john gall, joost grootens, julia hasting, heimann und schwantes, jung + wenig, konst & teknik, leftloft, made thought, peter mendelsund, niessen & de vries, prill vieceli cremers, raffinerie ag, and studio laucke siebein, just to name a few.
guy laramee (pp. 112-113)
el amor por las montañas by guy laramee nos curara. carved litré dictionary, inks.
43 x 14 x 27 (h) cm
mountains by guy laramee – carved books, inks, ribbon, altered book.
28 x 17 x 25 cm
alida rosie sayer (pp. 114-115)
‘here we are I’ by alida sayer, detail
image © philip sayer
biografia III by alicia martin
molino de san antonio, cordoba
christoph hänsli with design concept by cornel windlin, nazareno + crea (pp. 76-77)
published by edition patrick frey, 2008
21 x 30 cm
lemony snicket with design concept by M.S. corley (pp.26 – 27)
‘a series of unfortunate events’, 2009
11.1 x 18.1 cm
design concept by 3 group, ryszard bienert commissioned by galeria piekary
‘goalkeeper forever’, 2009
16.5 x 22.5 cm, edition of 500
coinciding with the release of the publication to the european market, an exhibition hosted at the gestalten space in berlin will showcase more than 200 innovative books and related objects by international creatives, that have been selected for feature in ‘fully booked: ink on paper’. the show will offer visitors an overview of print’s impact within our largely digital age, and display a range of bold visual examples in order to re-establish our appreciation for a good, hard- or paperback. more info about the exhibition here.
‘the complete works of franz kafka’, peter mendelsund, pantheon books, 2012
‘thewomandestroyed’,’adieux’, ‘averyeasydeath’, by peter mendelsund, pantheon books, 2012
‘clothbound classics series 3′, coralie bickford-smith, penguin, 2010-2011
‘the book’, isabelle vaverka, self-initiated, 2009
if you wish to purchase the book, you can do so here.