When the first edition of her monograph, published in 2010, sold out of its 3, 200 copies, Boom considered making the second a little bigger. The complete new edition was finally printed in two formats: a miniature book, an idea Boom experimented with for a 2010 show in Amsterdam, and a XXL version extended by 96 pages. The XXL edition's huge format shows what remains hidden in the miniature book, revealing the specific elements of the design.
"The Architecture of the Book" not only features books, but also corporate identity designs, postage stamps and posters. It includes a new introduction by Rem Koolhaas, who also designed the type on the cover, and a specimen from a blind-embossed book recently designed for Chanel.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
About Irma Boom
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.
Dutch , b. 1960