Jan Peter Wingender (ed.) – Brick. An Exacting Material

A brick of a book. It’s an expression that’s not always complimentary, but here it has highly apt and positive connotations. In the case of Brick. An Exacting Material – an instant award-winner in Leipzig – we have an opportunity to dip into new insights and inspiration concerning the brick as seen by the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.

The concept turns out to be very inventively elaborated, from the cover with its three-dimensional drawing in white and black offset and white foil printing to the last page – and with printing that is of almost magically high quality. Just look at the spine, with the brick motif of the front cover running through both handsomely and lightly. The whole thing lies exceedingly well in the hand, and with its varying page layout even the non-specialist or the man with two left hands will be seduced by the qualities of brick.

The international jury for the Best Book Design from all over the World awards at the Leipzig fair likewise fell for this book en bloc, awarding it a silver medal.



Silver medal Best Book Design from all over the World, Leipzig 2016

Edition: 2015
Language: English, translated by Richard Glass, Mark Speer
Publisher / commissioner: Architectura & Natura, Amsterdam
Designer: Studio Joost Grootens, Amsterdam (Joost Grootens, Dimitri Jeannottat, Silke Koeck, Hanae Shimizu, Julie da Silva)
Lithographer: robstolk, Amsterdam
Printer: robstolk, Amsterdam (interior partly printed in two colours and partly in CMYK)
Binder: Van Waarden, Zaandam
Dimensions: 170 x 240 x 34
Amount of pages: 352 p.
Number of copies: 3,000
Price: € 39.90
ISBN: 978 94 6140 027 7
Font and foundry: Lyon Text (Commercial Type)
Binding style: sewn hardback, spine rounded
Material: 90gsm EOS 2.0 (interior), 140gsm Muskat Grey (endpapers), 125gsm Imitlin E/R05 Tela, argilla, over grey board (binding, printed with opaque white, and white foil stamping)