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novum 04.17 – tasteful design and lots of inspiration


Italian flair in Singapore, authentic cuisine from Quebec, a Michelin-star restaurant in Florence and a stylish motorway service station – our April issue focuses on the topic of »dine & design« and we present great projects from all around the world and a wonderful letterpress cover.


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In our April issue we focus on the topic of »dine & design« and there are lots of interesting projects to be discovered. From corporate designs to packaging, when it comes to bars, restaurants and cafés designers can really prove their expertise. We paid a visit to a family-run guest house in the Austrian Alps, a high-class restaurant in Paris and an Armenian design studio that adds a bit of nordic style to the restaurant scene in Moscow. This to name just a few. 


In our showroom we present the results of the Global Illustration Award. The award chose the greatest illustrations from thousands of entries from all around the world. We visited Imo Graß, who does design research in the field of lettering and typography and we talked to the designers from Italian studio Humus, who are well known for their successful identities. The German agency Arndtteunissen specializes on transmedia communication and Mary Ponomareva's work is situated between reality and fiction. Last, but not least we paid a visit to  Austrian studio Bruch–Idee&Form – the home of great graphic design. 

Letterpress adds highlights

To go full circle the cover of our April looks like a menu, designed by Austrian studio Bruch–Idee&Form. This month the designers were able to use the front and the back cover for their design – a rare pleasure. »It doesn't matter which gastronomic enterprise we are talking about, there will always be some kind of menu«, say the designers. »Menus are the most important communication tool for the chef and a fantastic playground for creatives. For us the menu also served as a perfect connecting link between the topic of this issue and the design.«


To accentuate the typographic solution of the designers we chose letterpress. Thin, sharp lines are perfect for letterpress printing, together with the indentations left by the printing process our cover turns into an attractive piece of print work. Infinitive Factory from Graz printed the cover on a Heidelberger letterpress printing machine from 1961 and for each color Druckformen Obermoser from Salzburg made two 2 millimeter magnesium printing blocks. The paper we chose was Salzer Touch, an uncoated paper that adds the magazine a nice and warm touch. 


Content, design and print – our April issue is a perfect composition. The chef’s suggestion today: Otl Aicher’s legendary pictograms for starters, followed by tasty design from Italy and typographic storytelling from Germany. 






Klammhöhe (AUT)

Cakedesign (FRA)

Lanz (AUT)

Backbone (ARM)

Café Amélie (CRO)

Baba Green (GER)

De Vicq Design (USA)

Enoteca Pinchiorri (ITA)

Batinse (CAN)

Bottura (SPG) 



Global Illustration Award

Tino Graß (GER)

Humus Design (ITA)

Arntteunissen (GER)

Mary Ponomareva (NLD)

Bruch–Idee&Form (AUT)



Paper: Salzer Touch White in 300 gsm by Geese Papier 

Cover design: Bruch–Idee&Form

Letterpress printing: Infinitive Factory 


Photos of novum 04.17: Dominic Brighton. Photos from the production process: Bruch–Idee&Form