temporary stedelijk 3

the best designed books
16 oct 2010 till 9 jan 2011


Every year, the Dutch Best Designed Books Foundation (Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken) presents the best-designed books of the past year. This year, 30 books have been selected from all those published in the Netherlands in 2009. They will be on view at the Stedelijk Museum from 16 October on, as part of a unique program called The Temporary Stedelijk at the Stedelijk Museum.

For this annual juried event, five professionals from the Dutch publishing world select books that are notable both for their design and production. This year, local publishers, commissioning bodies, designers and printers together submitted a total of 415 books published throughout 2009; a jury consisting of designers Volken Beck and Ben Laloua, publisher Nina Post (post editions, Rotterdam), printer Paul van Mameren (Drukkerij Lecturis, Eindhoven) and design publicist Frederike Huygen then chose 30 to stand as the Best Designed Books of 2009.

The selection on view includes the Dutch translation of Paul Auster’s novel Invisible (Onzichtbaar, designed by Bart Rouwhorst, Studio Ron van Roon), Fjodor Dostojevski’s Crime and Punishment (Misdaad en straf, designed by Anneke Germers and Teus de Jong) and the children’s book Aadje Piraatje, written by Marjet Huiberts and illustrated by Sieb Posthuma (designed by Bockting Ontwerpers).

The internationally renowned Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom has several books in this year’s competition: Song Through 21st Century Eyes: Yaozhou and Qingbai Ceramics by Rose Kerr, Bladeren door het Amerikaanse landschap: Een index van boeken en beelden by Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam and Darfur and the Crisis of Governance in Sudan: A Critical Reader by Salah M. Hassan and Carina E. Ray.

The Stedelijk Museum submitted the publication Off the Record. Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions 2009, a design by Sabine Verschueren. Other outstanding entries are Katinka Lampe: Kate, Bob & Luca, designed by 75B, and Design & Production Bible, designed by Klaus Krogh and Hugo van Woerden.

The Amsterdam-based design-team Mevis & Van Deursen, commissioned to produce the special identity for The Temporary Stedelijk at the Stedelijk Museum, is selected with Open City: Designing Coexistence, by Tim Rieniets, Jennifer Sigler and Kees Christiaanse, published on the occasion of the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam. This design was also given an honorable international mention this Spring at the Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt (Best Book Design from all over the World) in Leipzig, Germany. Designs by Mevis & Van Deursen are regularly nominated at Best Designed Books and the duo won several prizes at the Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt: the photo book Baghdad Calling by Geert van Kesteren even acquired a silver medal in 2009.

This year’s Best Designed Books exhibition will travel to venues in the Netherlands and abroad, and is accompanied by a catalogue published by The Best Designed Books Foundation, containing a jury report on all the books selected. (Design Hansje van Halem, € 27,50, ISBN 978 90 5965 125 8.)

Best Designed Books is organized by the Best Designed Books Foundation, in partnership with the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.