Even at the preselection stage the panel were unanimously in favour of this catalogue designed by Irma Boom for the exhibition of work by the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson in the palace and gardens of Versailles. The book’s make-up probes the limits of legibility, the use of paper is unsurpassed, and the superb rhythm – the product of switching between full colour, black and white, and blue on black – imbues the book with a unique atmosphere. One shortcoming, the judges felt, is that the blurb is provided as a loose sheet inside the back flap: clearly a problem that publisher and designer were unable to resolve.

Year 2016

Language English, French

Edited by Olafur Eliasson, Irma Boom (concept), Kristina Köper (editing), Kathryn Politis (picture editing)

Publisher Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin (DE)

Designer Irma Boom

Prepress Lenoirschuring, Amsterdam

Printer Lenoirschuring, Amsterdam (opaque blue in offset on black paper and card, black on recycled paper, printed on a five-colour press)

Binder Patist, Den Dolder (all sections inserted into each other 4 pages at a time)

Size 215 x 280 x 15

Number of pages 206 p.

Print run 4,000

Price € 49.80

ISBN 978 3 00 053631 1

Font Neuzeit S (Linotype)

Binding style sewn soft cover without creases, with flap at the back

Material 115gsm Sirio Color Ultra Black, 100gsm Cairn Eco White, 60gsm IBO One (interior), 280gsm Sirio Color Ultra Black (cover)