Exhibition at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is open to visitors



September 28 2018


The annual exhibition of the 33 Best Dutch Book Designs in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has been opened. Visitors have the possibility to hold the books in their hands. It is one of the most beloved features of this exhibition.

Part of the opening tradition is the honoring of the creators, designers, lithographers, printers and binders of the selected books form the year 2017.

The catalogue is designed by Rob van Hoesel with the assistence of Carel Fransen. A special feature are the page tabs. Every single book has its own section. It makes this catalogue into a reference book with easy acces to the information of the 33 books.

The price of the catalogue is € 29.50 and can be ordered at your local bookshop.

The exhibition closes at October 28th.


Students selected 31 books

August 31th, 2018


31 books are selected by a panel of students of art academies. They have seen and discussed a total of 342 entries, just as the professional jury has done. 

You can find the selection by using the Student button at the top of this page.
At the end of September a catalogue will be published in a small print run. The design of the catalogue is done by one of the student panel members, Ruby van Vucht. This summer she graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. 

The panel consisted of:
Birgit Vredenburg (Hogeschool Utrecht), 
Patrick Sanders (ArtEZ Arnhem), 
Auke Lansink (KABK Den Haag), 
Ruby van Vucht (Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam) en Malin Gewinner (Werkplaats Typografie Arnhem).


Travelling to 7 Chinese towns 



July 26th, 2018


The Best Dutch Book Designs 2017 are travelling through China. The following cities shall be the host of this travelling exhibition:

Beijng - 26th July - 7th August
Dalian - 11th - 25th August
Qingdao - 14th - 30th September
Shenzhen & Zhuhai (TBC) - October
Xi an & Chengdu (TBC) - November
Wuhan (TBC) - December 2018 - March 2019
Hongkon - April 2019

The poster for this exhibition is designed by Studio Remco van Bladel.

Two international awards for the Dutch selection

March 5, 2018


Two Dutch books have been awarded at the international competition Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt in Leipzig: 
Avond (bronze medal) and Claudy Jongstra (Honarary Appreciation). 

Avond was designed by Michaël Snitker and published by Stichting de Roos. The production was done by KOLORworkx (Marco Kokkelkoren), Lenoirschuring and Boekbinderij Van Waarden.
Claudy Jongstra was designed en produced by Irma Boom Office, Drukkerij Tienkamp and nai010 publishers. The authors are Louwrien Wijers, Laura M. Richard, Lidewij Edelkoort and Marietta de Vries. 


33 Best Dutch Book Designs 2017



March 5, 2018


A panel of professional judges made a selection out of the 342 submissions. 33 books distinguished themselves conspicuously by their editorial choices, graphic design, treatment of images and text, choice of material and technical workmanship. 

The panel consists this year of designers Yolanda Huntelaar and Michaël Snitker, Freek Kuin (creative director Robstolk printers), Marije Sietsma (CEO Publisher Loopvis) and Suzanne Bogman (Head of Publications Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam).  

Since two years a panel of students from different art academies in the Netherlands make their selection as well. Their selection will be announced in June. 


Max Sparreboom, Bas Teunis - Salamanders in Art and Science

Designer: Reynoud Homan | Production: Marc Gijzen, Lenoirschuring, Boekbinderij Van Waarden | Publisher: Bas Teunis Zoological Illustrations


Stephan Keppel - Flat Finish

Designer: Hans Gremmen| Production: Wilco Art Books, Binderij Hexpoor | Publisher: Fw:Books


Frans Sturkenboom - De gestiek  van de architectuur

Designer: Josse Pyl | Production: Colour & Books (Sebastiaan Hanekroot), Platform P | Publisher: ArtEZ Press


Marvin Jordan et al. - Rafaël Rozendaal: Everything, Always Everywhere

Designer: Studio Remco van Bladel (Remco van Bladel, Beau Bertens, Quentin Creuzet) | Production: die Keure (B), Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Valiz


Steven Aalders, Robert van Altena – De vijfde lijn

Designer: Irma Boom Office | Production: Lenoirschuring, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Prometheus


Anna Püschel - Layers of Reality

Designer: Rob van Hoesel, Carel Fransen | Production: Carel Fransen, Wilco Art Books, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: The Eriskay Connection



Wouter Klootwijk en Enzo Pérès-Labourdette - Anne, het paard en de rivier

Designer: Nanja Toebak | Production: Studio WPG Kindermedia, Wilco Boeken en Tijdschriften | Uitgeverij: Leopold


Henk Wildschut - Ville de Calais

Designer: Robin Uleman | Production: Marc Gijzen, NPN Drukkers, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Henk Wildschut


Sandra van Assen et al. - Stedelijke vraagstukken, veerkrachtige oplossingen

Designer: Catalogtree | Production: Colorset, Wilco Boeken en Tijdschriften |Publisher: Trancity x Valiz


Alma Mathijsen - Vergeet de meisjes

Designer: Elina Birkehag & Elisabeth Rafstedt; Aard Bakker | Production: Bariet Ten Brink Boeken en Tijdschriften | Publisher: De Bezige Bij


Floris Tilanus - Zoals het is. Het leven van professor Joachim Schwarz

Designer: Tessa van der Waals | Production: Drukkerij robstolk, Boekbinderij Van Waarden | Publisher: Uitgeverij Van Oorschot


Joost Grootens, Jurriënne Ossewold, Gert Staal (ed.) - Mined. Graduation Catalogue 2017

Designer: Studio Joost Grootens (Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat, Chen Jhen) | Production:  UNICUM by Gianotten, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Design Academy Eindhoven 


Defne Ayas, Bik Van der Pol (ed.) - WERE IT AS IF Beyond An Institution That Is

Designer: Bardhi Haliti | Production: UNICUM by Gianotten (Gerrie van Beek) , Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art


Marjan Teeuwen - Destroyed House

Designer: Haller Brun | Production: Wilco Art Books (Mariska Bijl), Wilco Boeken en Tijdschriften | Publisher: Valiz


Martijn van de Griendt - Maria I Need Your Lovin’

Designer: InEdition (Eva van der Schans) | Production: Wilco Art Books (Mariska Bijl)|Publisher:  Martijn van de Griendt


Anna Achmatova - Avond

Designer: Michael Snitker | Production: KOLORworkx (Marco Kokkelkoren), Lenoirschuring, Boekbinderij Van Waarden |Publisher: Stichting De Roos


Niki Padidar i.s.m. NTR - Dokter Corrie geeft antwoord

Designer: Esther de Boer | Production: Esther de Boer, Grafistar | Uitgeverij de Harmonie


Annet Huizing – De zweetvoetenman. Over rechtszaken & regels (en een hoop gedoe)

Designer: Margot Westermann | Production: Margot Westermann, Graphius (B) | Uitgeverij: Lemniscaat 


Lizan Freijsen - The Living Surface. An alternative biology book on stains

Designer: Studio Renate Boere | Production: Graphius (B) |Publisher: Jap Sam Books


Walter van der Star, Jasia Reichardt, Nick Wadley - Biografie van een uitgeverij | Biography of a Publishing House. Stefan & Franciszka Themerson & Gaberbocchus

Designer: Piet Gerards, Stephan de Smet | Production: Wilco Art Books, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Uitgeverij Huis Clos


Willem van Zoetendaal - Springvloed | Spring Tide

Designer: Willem van Zoetendaal | Production: Harold Strak, Drukkerij robstolk, Boekbinderij Patist |Publisher: Van Zoetendaal Publishers


Donald Weber - War Sand

Designer: Heijdens Karwei| Production: FINE BOOKS (Jos Morree), Colour & Books (Sebastiaan Hanekroot), Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Donald Weber


Karel Martens et al. - Colours on the beach

Designer: Karel Martens, Aagje Martens | Production: Lenoirschuring, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: Éditions Non Standard


Gorilla Collectief - Gorilla for President

Designer: Gorilla Collectief | Production: Graphius (B) | Publisher: Lecturis 


Benedikt Boucsein et al. - The Noise Landscape

Designer: Studio Joost Grootens (Joost Grootens, Silke Koeck, Julie da Silva) | Production: NPN Drukkers| Publisher: nai010 uitgevers


Marinke Steenhuis, Paul Meurs - Voorbij de dijken, hoe Nederland met water werkt

Designer: Beukers Scholma | Production: NPN Drukkers, Boekbinderij Abbringh | Publisher: nai010 uitgevers


Natasha Ginwala - Hearings: A Reader

Designer: Studio Remco van Bladel | Production: Drukkerij Raddraaier, Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Sternberg Press

Defne Ayas, Adam Kleinman (ed.) - WdW Review: Arts, Culture and Journalism in Revolt, Vol. 1 (2013 – 2016)

Designer: Studio Remco van Bladel | Production: UNICUM by Gianotten, Stronkhorst Boekbinders | Publisher: Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art


Navid Nuur - Funnelflux

Designer: Roger Willems | Production: KOLORworkx (Marco Kokkelkoren), NPN Drukkers, Binderij Hexspoor | Publisher: ROMA Publications


Rob Perrée (ed.) - Tirzo Martha. I wonder if they’ll laugh when I’m dead

Designer: Mainstudio (Edwin van Gelder, Patrick Sanders) | Production: Graphius (B) | Publisher: Jap  Sam Books 


Louwrien Wijers et al. - Claudy Jongstra

Designer: Irma Boom Office | Production: Irma Boom Office, Drukkerij Tienkamp | Publisher: nai010 uitgevers


Anne Geene, Arjan de Nooy – Dodonaei

Designer: Jeremy Jansen | Production: Jeremy Jansen, Boekbinderij Hennink | Publisher: Anne Geene  & Arjan de Nooy


Tobias Bijl - Lost Takes

Designer: Studio Asja Keeman | Production: FINE BOOKS (Jos Morree), KOLORworkx (Marco Kokkelkoren), Drukkerij Mart. Spruijt/GrafiPlaza , Boekbinderij Patist | Publisher: Tobias Bijl