This catalogue caused some major differences of opinion amongst the panel, with fierce detractors pitched against fervent adherents. Brilliantly and consistently carried through, according to the adherents, with exciting photography and sharp design. The detractors would have preferred to see more ‘non-design’. The counterargument is the danger of nostalgia. Incidentally everyone was agreed that the book was too quick to snap shut. Technically it hasn’t been properly put together: a different rhythm with smaller sections would have been better, so the designer ought to have gone either for smaller sectionsor for thinner paper, and should then have adjusted the design accordingly. The photography is so clinical that there was a fleeting doubt as to whether this was real furniture! The panel were keen to reward the fact that here was a commercial enterprise putting its head on the block of graphic design with such understated presentation. In the end everyone was in favour!

Author Nienke Blokhuis

Year 2016

Language Dutch, English, translated by Maurits de Bruijn

Edited by Lensvelt Contract, Space Encounters

Publisher Lensvelt Contract Furniture, Amsterdam

Designer Sanne Beeren; photographs by Stan Koolen

Prepress Lenoirschuring, Amsterdam

Printer Lenoirschuring, Amsterdam

Binder Patist, Den Dolder

Size 170 x 240 x 6

Number of pages 48 p.

Print run 2,500

Price € -


Font Univers (Linotype)

Binding style Sewn Patabind, cover with flaps

Material 150gsm Lessebo Design 1.3 White, 170gsm Maxigloss 170gsm (interior); 300gsm Lessebo Design 1.3 White (cover)