Thomas Kuijpers

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An extremely tastefully collected – and completely over the top – visual archive, captured in an appealing, handy format with a clear book block that also serves as an index. Which we need, to find our way through this overwhelming collection of visual material. The painstaking editing is immediately apparent, as almost the entire collection is included here. The fact that the designer did not fall for the powerful iconography of the Twin Towers, but instead chose a highly charged, somewhat mysterious, video still for the cover confirms this impression. The decision to place this image in a coarse screen as a reference to the printing on display in the interior is a good one. One unnecessary blot on this otherwise almost perfect book are unfortunately the deep burrs left after cutting close to the spine on the underside. We felt their pain.

Once again, this is not a book that will light up Insta. Its delights are only discovered in the hand: the pocket format with a short overhang feels good, and the sublime choice of translucent paper makes the book almost three-dimensional. Very pleasing.

Edition: 2020
Release date: July 2020
Language: English
Picture editor: Jeremy Jansen, Thomas Kuijpers
Artist: Thomas Kuijpers
Publisher / commissioner: Fw: Books, Amsterdam
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Designer: Jeremy Jansen (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: Marc Gijzen, Voorburg
Printer: Grafiplaza, Mijdrecht
Binder: Van Waarden, Zaanstad
Producer: Fine Books (Jos Morree), Weesp
Dimensions: 120 x 185 x 21
Amount of pages: 568
Number of copies: 1000
Price: € 35
ISBN: 9789490119874
Font and foundry: Monospace 821 (Bitstream)
Binding style: Sewn hardcover with flat spine, thin boards with minimal square; hot melt gluing
Paper interior: 60gsm IBO One, 140gsm Muskat Brown, Igepa
Paper end papers: 140gsm Muskat Brown, Igepa
Cover material: 140gsm Muskat Brown, Igepa
Other technical features: Cover and interior printed in CMYK. Printing: conventional offset