The Missing Years of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books
Roland Früh & Corina Neuenschwander (Eds.)
The “Most Beautiful Swiss Books” competition was founded in 1943 by Die neue Typographie author and designer Jan Tschichold, and quickly became internationally important. But during Switzerland’s postwar reconstruction from 1946 to 1948, the prize was not awarded. This void in the competition’s archive inspired a recent exhibition at La Rada (Locarno), a symposium, lecture series and an exhaustive research project to unearth the lost years of the best book design and production in Switzerland. For this accompanying publication, leaders in graphic design, typography and publishing contributed their recommendations for the “most beautiful books” from those years, a starting point that connects the mid-century legacy of Swiss design to contemporary design and publishing practice today. With texts from Robin Kinross, Yann Chateigné Tytelman, Severin Rüegg, Philipp Messner, Noah Stolz, Ulrike Meyer Stump and Patrick Gosatti, among others.
Softcover / 9 x 12 3/4 / 168 pp
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