fully booked: ink on paper   gestalten publishers fully booked: ink on paper   gestalten publishers
mar 12, 2013

fully booked: ink on paper gestalten publishers

guy laramee‘great wave’, 2012altered book, inks19 x 15 x 23 cm (7.5 x 6 x 9 inches)



fully booked: ink on paper – design & concepts for new publicationseditors: r. klanten, m. hübner, a. losowskyrelease date: february 2013credits: preface and chapter introductions by andrew losowskyformat: 24-30 cmfeatures: 272 pages, full color, hardcoverlanguage: englishISBN: 978-3-89955-464-9



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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 2012



mountains by guy laramee – carved books, inks, ribbon, altered book. 28 x 17 x 25 cm2011



alida rosie sayer (pp. 114-115)




‘here we are I’ by alida sayer, detailimage © philip sayer  2010



biografia III by alicia martinmolino de san antonio, cordoba 2009



christoph hänsli with design concept by cornel windlin, nazareno + crea (pp. 76-77)‘mortadella’, 2008published by edition patrick frey, 200821 x 30 cm



lemony snicket with design concept by M.S. corley (pp.26 – 27)‘a series of unfortunate events’, 200911.1 x 18.1 cm


design concept by 3 group, ryszard bienert commissioned by galeria piekary‘goalkeeper forever’, 200916.5 x 22.5 cm, edition of 500



fully booked: ink on paper – an exhibition of design and concepts for new publications
from march 14 to april 21, 2013
gestalten space, sophie-gips-höfe, sophienstraße 21, 10178 berlin
vernissage: march 14, 2013, 18:00–21:00

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.

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