Back to the Book
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2016 in London

9th – 30th November 2017
Open on weekdays, from 9am – 6pm
Umlaut space, 53 Fashion Street, London E1 6PX

Opening party
9th November, 6.30–8.30pm

Back to the Book an evening of talks
Thursday 30th November 2017
Room 203 at the Istituto Marangoni, 30 Fashion street, E1 6PX

Talks start at 7pm
The event is free, with limited space and booking is required.
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The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition was established to promote and reward 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 competition on an annual basis. Its purpose is to recognise 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 by Gilles Gavillet, assessed the submissions and selected 24 titles as The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2016.

The exhibition is hosted in London by designer Mathias Clottu in the Umlaut space, with an installation created with London-based architects Nicholas Lobo Brennan and Astrid Smitham.

A panel of the awarded designers will present their work around the theme of this year’s catalogue ‘Back to the Book’.

David Keshavjee will present his practice in searching for new tools with Color Library and awarded books.
Marietta Eugster will talk about technology and innovation in books.
Jonas Voegeli will speak about the making of his catalogue for The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2016.

The exhibition and bookshop will be open until 10pm after the talks at The Umlaut space, 53 Fashion street. The books will be on display and available to purchase, drinks will be served.

Read more about the speakers here