Irma Boom’s detailed and textually specific book designs have positioned her as one of the leading voices in her field. Boom deconstructs and rebuilds the book through a careful selection of everything from size, binding, paper type, typography, and even scent. Boom has created a wide range of publications, ranging from limited-run corporate books to several catalogues for architect Rem Koolhaas, with each design responding to the content of the text. In her award-winning design for artist Sheila Hicks’ 2006 book Weaving as Metaphor, Boom gave the book a rough white cover and frayed page edges that evoke Hicks’ textiles. In spite of the often-limited prints of her works, Boom resists any trace of the handmade, insisting that books be industrially produced objects for mass circulation.