Mathieu Lommen

Helmut Salden Uncovered 1 : 1 & Helmut Salden 1 : 1

Book coverHelmut Salden Uncovered 1 : 1 & Helmut Salden 1 : 1
Book coverHelmut Salden Uncovered 1 : 1 & Helmut Salden 1 : 1
Book coverHelmut Salden Uncovered 1 : 1 & Helmut Salden 1 : 1
Book coverHelmut Salden Uncovered 1 : 1 & Helmut Salden 1 : 1
Book coverHelmut Salden Uncovered 1 : 1 & Helmut Salden 1 : 1
Book coverHelmut Salden Uncovered 1 : 1 & Helmut Salden 1 : 1

The jury was enthusiastic about these publications with their contemporary design: the English-language commercial edition and the Dutch-language De Roos edition, for which the makers avoided the pitfall of getting bogged down in the idiom of lettering artist Helmut Salden (1910-1996). Both books find an attractive, classic way to reflect Salden’s hand-made, playful work. An oeuvre that is real ‘eye candy’, particularly when presented in such a sound way.

We have seen several examples of the flatbook binding, but here the print on the spine really is fantastically executed. The first and last pages of the book block, containing the explanatory text, are in a colour that immediately evokes associations with old filing cards. This association is reinforced when leafing through the heavy pages with their solid, stiff feel. Simple yet highly effective.

It was not entirely clear to the jury why the commercial edition and the bibliophile De Roos edition were submitted as a series. The ‘deluxe’ edition, the typesetting of which in the lovely Salden Roman we found a little more charming than that of the English-language version, has an extra photo or two and a translation, but otherwise we could spot no differences in production. It could even be argued that it shows a lack of generosity to deny the commercial version such extras. Apart from the great matching of the two ‘archival’ colours, this does not constitute a pair.

Edition: 2020
Release date: December 2020
Language: English, German (commercial edition) | Dutch (De Roos edition)
Translator: Cis van Heertum (ENG), Kordelia Nitsch (DE)
Picture editor: Mathieu Lommen, Karen Polder
Publisher / commissioner: Bobby Books (commercial edition) | Stichting De Roos, Amsterdam/The Hague, Utrecht
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Designer: Karen Polder (Den Haag)
Lithographer: Karen Polder, The Hague
Printer: Zwaan Lenoir, Wormerveer
Binder: J. Voetelink & Zoon, Haarlem
Dimensions: 163 x 234 x 18
Amount of pages: 80
Number of copies: De Roos: 225; commercial edition: 750
Price: € 34.50
ISBN: 9789090335315 (commercial edition)
Font and foundry: commercial edition: Standard Grotesk (Adobe) | De Roos editie: Salden (Canada Type), Standard Grotesk (Adobe)
Binding style: Flatbook
Paper interior: commercial edition: 150gsm SuperBrut, 145gsm Malmero Chamois | De Roos edition: 150gsm SuperBrut, 145gsm Malmero Cendre, Igepa
Other technical features: Black title printed directly on the spine; interior printed in CMYK. Printing: conventional offset