Mostly Books

A review of thiry years' work in book design and reflection on the importance of books.


Title Information

Edited by Anne Hoffmann

1st edition

, 2017

Text English and German


256 pages, 240 color illustrations

19 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-565-1


The name of Anne Hoffmann is instinctively related by many artists, architects, museum people, and especially by book-lovers, to the range of media the Danish-born Swiss book and graphic designer has created over the course of three decades: posters, flyers, cards, CD booklets, and—above all—countless books. Hoffmann came to Basel in the 1980s to study with Armin Hofmann, one of Switzerland’s preeminent graphic designers and teachers of his art, at the city’s School of Design. In Basel she also established her own studio in 1986, which she moved to Zurich in 2007, and soon began working closely with Swiss and international artists such as Silvia Bächli, Richard Hamilton, or Karim Noureldin.

In Mostly Books, Anne Hoffmann reviews thirty years of work with a selection of some 120 objects, featured in an annotated book diary. Moreover, the book explores the topics of graphic design from a variety of perspectives. Statements by artists Chris Bünter, Miriam Cahn, and Claudio Moser; architect Kana Ueda Thoma; author and curator Peter Suter; jewelry designer Torben Hardenberg; museum director and curator Beat Wismer; musician Jürg Halter; and scholar Etienne Lullin reflect on the importance of the book per se and its design.

Authors & Editors

Chris Bünter

Miriam Cahn

Jürg Halter

Torben Hardenberg

Anne Hoffmann

, born in Copenhagen, runs her own graphic design studio in Zurich and works mainly in the fields of art and culture, collaborating with international artists and museums.

Etienne Lullin

Claudio Moser

Peter Suter

Kana Ueda Thoma

Beat Wismer

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Anne Hoffmann in her office. Photo Zsigmond Toth, Zurich

Alberto Sartoris – En Couleurs. Catalogue raisonné: Oeuvre Sérigraphique 1972–1992, 1992, Fondation Louis Moret, Martigny, text (French, English) Martine Béguin, Maurice Besset, Jean-Paul Felley, Alberto Sartoris, 106 pages, 23.5 × 30 cm, profusely illustrated in colour, one foldout, softcover

Karim Noureldin – Aire, 2004, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, text (English, German) Katharina Holderegger, Max Wechsler, 88 pages, 23.5 × 29.5, profusely illustrated in colour, softcover with flaps

Marianne Kuhn – Graphit, 2005, Edition Howeg, Marianne Kuhn, text Heinrich Helfenstein, Roman Kurzmeyer, Isabel Zürcher, 80 pages, 22.5 × 30 cm, linen cloth binding with dust jacket

Novartis Campus – Fabrikstrasse 6, Peter Märkli, 2006, Christoph Merian Verlag, Architekturmuseum Basel, Ulrike Jehle-Schulte Strathaus (ed.), text (German, English) Aaron Betsky, Ulrike Jehle-Schulte Strathaus (et al.), artwork Jenny Holzer, photo essay Paolo Rosselli, 80 pages, 24 × 31 cm, linen softcover with banderole

Silvia Bächli: Brombeeren, 2014, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Köln, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Pinakothek der Moderne, text (German, English) Silvia Bächli, Hans Rudolf Reust, Michael Semff, 180 pages, 23.5 × 29.5 cm, profusely illustrated in colour, linen hardcover with dust jacket

Sophie Taueber-Arp – Heute ist Morgen / Sophie Taueber-Arp – Today is Tomorrow, 2014, Scheidegger & Spiess, Aargauer Kunsthaus and Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Thomas Schmutz and Friedrich Meschede (eds), text Rahel Beyerle, Walburga Krupp, Brigitte Maier, Thomas Schmutz (et al.), 288 pages, 23.5 × 31 cm, profusely illustrated in colour, two editions (German and English), linen cloth binding with dust jacket and softcover for the museum

Anne Hoffmann in her office. Photo Zsigmond Toth, Zurich


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