Paul van vlissingen, owner of the dutch company shv steenkolen handels vereeniging, commissioned the noted book maker irma boom to. Making books is my work and my life, and telling one story per book was my way to reveal things about the project you would not get from an ordinary caption. For the amsterdam exhibition, which was my first retrospective, i wrote a text for every book. The shv book is designed by irma boom in editorial collaboration with art.
The 2,6 page commemorative shv think book 1996 which was antichronological and. Once the book is free from this function, what can it possibly offer its reader. Irma boom and johan pijnappel shv holdings, not for sale. Paul fentener van vlissingen, ceo of the dutch conglomerate shv, tasked boom with creating a book to commemorate the centenary of his company. Boom was given her freedom, and shv think book made her international career. She is known for her creative reinterpretation of book form, in which aesthetic value is more important than legibility. Shv think book is unconventional not only in its approach but also in its typography, layout, materials, and printing. Irma boom on standing up for yourself, even in the face of controversy. Irma boom born 15 december 1960 in lochem, gelderland, netherlands, is a dutch graphic designerwho specializes in book making. Shv think book 19961896, one of boom s early commissions, is illustrative of her experimental and influential approach to book design. Courtesy of irma boom interior pages from shv think book 19961896, 1996. Irma booms think book for shv irma boom, book design. Boom has been described as the queen of books, having created over 300 books and is well reputed for her artistic autonomy within her field. This video was taken in the university of amsterdam special collections as a.
For the paris show, i wanted to emphasize how, for me, making books is about building them. The 2,6 page commemorative shv think book 1996 which was antichronological and also devoid of page numbers and index became her international breakthrough. Biography in books at the special collections department of the library of. Her bold experimental approach to her projects often challenges the convention of traditional books in both. Furthermore, the book s design extends to the edges of its pages, which are printed to reveal the image of a tulip field when flipped from. Irma boom, johan pijnappel en paul fentener van vlissingen shv. When it finally came out after a process of four years, the response was overwhelmingly positive, and the book has since become boom s own manifesto for a book. Irma boom born 1960121515 december 1960 in lochem, gelderland, netherlands, is a dutch graphic designerwho specializes in book making. Shv think book 19961896, one of booms early commissions, is illustrative of her experimental and influential approach to book design. Het shvboek is vormgegeven door irma boom in redactionele samenwerking met.
The 2,6page shv think book 19961896, commissioned by shv holdings utrecht, designed by irma boom, 1996. To understand her work you have to hold it, feel it, flip through the pages to experience the sequence. Centennial album jubileumboek aka thinkbook irma boom, johan pijnappel. Shv 18961996 think book irma boom en johan pijnappel utrecht, shv holdings nv, 1996 2.1173 1368 460 1258 1013 1350 489 599 623 717 1307 516 454 553 380 1015 1523 1458 931 1566 883 669 1219 21 168 704 89 634 1437 270 668 521 25 291 1407 716 121 240