Behind the Books
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2019

Exhibition runs Wednesday 30 September–Thursday 15 October 2020
Tenderbooks, 6 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4HE
Open Wednesday to Saturday 12–6pm

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition was established to promote and reward the best of book design in Switzerland at the behest of the famous typographer and designer Jan Tschichold in 1943.

The Swiss Federal Office of Culture organises the competition on an annual basis. Its purpose is to recognise excellence in the field of book design and production, as well as drawing attention to the array of remarkable and contemporary books by Swiss designers, printers and publishers.

The exhibition is hosted by designer Mathias Clottu and design historian Jonas Berthod with a scenography by architect Takeshi Hayatsu.

The exhibition is kindly supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture and the Swiss Embassy in London. The scenography was made possible with the generous support of Arctic paper.

Online Book club

We held three moderated talks with designers who were awarded this year. Recordings are now online.

Philippine Chaumont & Agathe Zaerpour
Studio Ard (Guillaume Chuard & Daniel Kang Yoon Nørregaard)
1 October, 6.30–7.30 pm
Watch the recording

Adeline Mollard
Mathias Clottu and Sarah Handelman
6 October, 6.30–7.30 pm
Watch the recording

Dan Solbach
Atelier Müesli (Léa Chapon & Mytil Ducomet)

8 October, 6.30–7.30 pm
Watch the recording