12 May 2015 // Laura de Wit //Amsterdam
Last night the winner of the Libris Literature award for the best Dutch written novel received, besides a large amount of money, a bronze badge designed by Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom. The choice for Boom as the designer of this literature price is not surprising as she usually designs books. Her work is known worldwide and no less than fifty books are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. What is so remarkable about her designs is her surprising approach on designing a book in which she goes beyond the conventional ideas on book design. She considers books as objects and likes them to stimulate all human senses. A beautiful example is the book she designed for Sheila Hicks, a contemporary fiber artist. It is an entirely white book that is formed by pages with raw edges that correspond to the raw textures of Hicks' designs.