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Behind the Books | An Exhibition of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2018 in London


Please join us for the opening of Behind the Books, an exhibition of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2018 in London, on Thursday 30 January 2020, 6.30–8.30pm. Drinks and Swiss cheese will be served – please RSVP.

A selection of the books and this year’s catalogue will be available to purchase.

An evening of talks with Rory McGrath and Jonas Voegeli will take place on Tuesday 11 February 2020, 7pm.
Jury member Rory McGrath and Jan Tschichold prize winner Jonas Voegeli will share their perspectives on publishing, designing and judging books.

The events are free, with limited space and RSVP is required to

Behind the Books is hosted by designer Mathias Clottu and design historian Jonas Berthod with scenography by Sanchez Benton architects. The exhibition runs 31 January–13 February 2020, Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm.

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition was established to promote and reward the best of book design in Switzerland at the behest of the 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.

Rory McGrath co-founded Studio OK-RM in 2008 and the InOtherWords imprint in 2015. He is currently a member of the jury of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition. He will share some insights as a jury member, book designer and publisher. Jonas Voegeli is a Swiss graphic designer. He is the recipient of the 2018 Jan Tschichold prize for outstanding achievements in book design and will present a selection of books designed during his career.

The exhibition is kindly supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, the Swiss Embassy in London and Pro Helvetia.

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