Sam Samiee

Footnotes to Life

Book coverSam Samiee
Book coverSam Samiee
Book coverSam Samiee
Book coverSam Samiee

This book is the result of an exemplary cooperation between an established designer and an up-and-coming artist. All aspects of the work are represented. Even though the attitude as a whole clearly exudes anti-aestheticism – and in the opinion of one jury member more resembles an item of stationery than a book – the way the book has been made clearly has an aesthetic.

The layout demonstrates an active approach and the typography reflects the early stage of the artist’s oeuvre, while at the same time promotes this through its legibility. Few concessions seem to have been made. The approach to illustration is playful, with here and there jottings as a nod from the artist. The fibrous EOS and smooth Arctic Volume have been so sharply selected that they do not even stand out as being very different paper types. The images continue to form a visual unity on both, in spite of very different treatments.

The inclusion of an endnote number on page 1 actively plays with the ‘facets’ of a book. Another such nice idea is the colour on the edges of the block. Something we have seen more than once in recent years, but superbly executed here. An extremely clever idea by the designer to have the artist paint the entire surface of a dummy book and then scan this, making the resulting work an immediate, indivisible part of the book design, which in turn does justice to the oeuvre of an artist seeking to break with the tradition of painting to produce only a two-dimensional result.

Edition: 2020
Date of publication: November 2020
Author: Gohar Homayounpour et al.
Language: English
Final editor: Sam Samiee, Riaz Howey
Image editor: Peter van den Hoogen, Sam Samiee
Photographer: Julien Garnier, Benjamin Westoby, Charlot Markus, Gert Jan van Rooij, Aram Tahmasebi, Chun-Han Chiang, Christopher Blaas, Robin Utrecht, Peter Doherty, Justina Nekrasaité, Sam Samiee
Artist: Sam Samiee
Publisher: Studio Sam Samiee, Amsterdam
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Graphic designer: COUP (Peter van den Hoogen) (Amsterdam)
Lithographer: Marc Gijzen, Voorburg
Printer: Zwaan Lenoir, Wormerveer
Binder: Patist, Den Dolder
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 199 x 280 x 13
Number of pages: 160
Print run: 500
Price: € 65
ISBN: 9789090339320
Font and foundry: Flexa (Grilli Type)
Binding style: Patabind; hot melt gluing
Paper for interior (grammage): 100gsm EOS 2.0, 130gsm Arctic Volume White, Igepa, Antalis
Material cover (grammage): 300gsm Munken Pure Rough, Antalis
Special features: Paper advice: De Monsterkamer, Amsterdam. The edges of a dummy (mock-up) were painted by Samiee; photographs of the dummy were used for printing on the edges of the book block; cover, interior and edges printed in CMYK. Printing: conventional offset