The Netherlands is well known for the high quality of its book designs. This reputation comes as a result of the country’s vibrant culture of graphic design and internationally renowned designers, such as Irma Boom and Joost Grootens. Printers with a passion for their profession and a deep and abiding love of books also play an important role. And we should not forget their clients (the publishers), who are as a rule inspired and enthusiastic, with great feeling for the tactile and visual qualities of the contemporary book.
Ever since 1926, a jury of specialists has selected thirty Dutch books a year that have been made with the utmost care. They take into account not only the graphic design and the typography, but also the materials used and the quality of the printing. These thirty books have been brought together to create the exhibition The Best of Dutch Book Design. Premsela – the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, SICA (Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities), BNO (Association of Dutch Designers) and the Foundation for the Best of Dutch Book Design decided that it was high time to display these books in the form of a travelling library. These organisations have combined their forces to present the thirty most outstanding books of the past year, along with a selection of books from previous years.