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novum 09.17



With this month´s novum+ section on book design, you realise only at second glance that this »leather« really is paper. The senses are confounded by an amazingly authentic structure and the feel of the surface. This paper, called Gmund Leather (available from Römerturm), is something you have to touch to fully appreciate the capabilities of paper.


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novum 09.17

But of course we don´t stop at haptics. Diving deep into the subject of book design we talk with Taschen´s Global Publishing Director about the production of XL books and with editor Emilia Terragni (Phaidon) about the challenge of publishing titles that are timeless but which still capture the zeitgeist. And we interview Astrid Vorstermans, whose publishing company Valiz surprises its creative clientele with unusual productions. We also take a look at the award-winning Moormann catalogues, present an exciting book project on »local heroes« and a portrait of the graphic design studio A Practise for Everyday Life. Plus: we bring you a richly illustrated documentation of the early days of paperback books. 

In the Showroom section, too, there is plenty of exciting work – like from Nadja König, aka Stift Schere Papier, and her distinctive illustrations and Italian creative Michel Galluzzo, a sought-after expert in design history, a field which he also helps shape with his own design work. We also take a look behind the scenes at the Serbian studio Metaklinika and talk to the internationally successful Stockholm Design Lab. And last but not least, we greatly enjoyed learning about the cooperation between P-06 Atelier and the architectural practice Risco – which resulted in the Cidade do Futebol and its many graphic design highlights.


One who has a very special way with paper is Sylvia Lerch, as described in her column on that theme – technical progress can indeed boost creative output enormously! And Andreas Koop in his article looks at the »unreal realities« that surround us more and more!

The Cover

For our focus theme this month on book design, we of course came up with the idea of leather. But to get that typical »crocodile structure«, we didn´t want to skin any animal. By a lucky coincidence, Gmund was just launching a new paper called Gmund Leather at the very moment we were planning for this issue (you can also read an interview about this paper in the magazine). Gmund Leather is available in twelve colours – some in muted natural shades, others in very expressive glowing colours. At first sight this material is hard to distinguish from real leather. Available in 240 to 350 gsm, this »imitation leather« made of FSC-certified pulp can be used for a wide variety of applications and finishes. You can emboss it, apply hot foils, use it for covers, packaging and invitations – all the options are open. Our Art Director Tobias Holzmann decided on a special colour for his design: »The cover therefore shows those elements that the reader normally does not see. Enlarged or reduced in size, rotated and overlaid – the different levels merge into an abstract image and appear here – exceptionally – in the foreground.«



A Practice For Everyday Life (GBR)

Valiz (NLD)

Moormann (GER)

Phaidon (GBR)

Reihenweise (GER)

Morphoria (GER)

Taschen (GER)




Stockholm Design Lab (SWE)

P-06 Atelier (POR)

Michele Galluzzo (ITA) 

Nadja König (GER)

Neue Typographie, Teil 4: Die nationale Offensive – »Ring«-Zentren in Deutschland



Paper: Gmund Leather, Römerturm 

Offset printing: f&w Druck- und Mediencenter 

Cover Design: Tobias Holzmann

Special color: Pantone 877

Photos: Tobias Holzmann