Design

Beautiful Books

Recent research into the topic for the next exhibition brought be in a roundabout route to the discovery of Visual Editions┬á– a London based publisher championing beautiful printed books. Bit of a weakness of mine, but I also feel they address a gap in the market between exquisitely illustrated children’s books and the visually unexciting (save for very few exceptions) ‘grown-up’ literature. Hence my love for the Moomins. And Alice in Wonderland.

Each publication has been approached in a different way, with collaborations ranging from Jonathan Safran Foer and APFEL, to Olafur Eliasson and Will Self. Below are a few examples of the attention to detail and graphical nature of the books already in print – my only worry would be, are they too beautiful to read?!

Where You Are
Where You Are
Tree of Codes
Tree of Codes
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman