Bookbinding is one of those skills I wish I possessed (see also basic butchery and intermediate chandlery). A new show at London’s Aram Gallery which opens next week shines a light on this world, but does so by combining the past and the present to terrific effect. Beautiful Readable Objects showcases nine books bound by members of the Tomorrow’s Past collective, which is dedicated to making contemporary conservation bindings for damaged antiquarian books. Through both sensitive design and tremendous technique, these bibliophiles preserve the books for future generations while staying true to their former glories.
More than a celebration of bookbinding, this show also promises to explore issues of sustainable design and thoughtful conservation in a cutting-edge context. Lovely stuff.
Beautiful Readable Objects runs from November 22 until January 17, 2014.
- Creative director David Lane tells us about redesigning frieze and creating campaigns for Hermés and Ally Capellino
- Photographer Zuza Krajewska's fragile portraits of Polish young offenders
- Anibal Bley’s Risograph zine experiments with glitchy patterns and illustrations
- CG Watkins’ narratively driven photography conveys mystery and escapism
- Sharp Type creates punchy typeface inspired by Swiss designer Adrian Frutiger
- Illustrator Susa Monteiro’s lonely figures battle the elements
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio