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De Best Verzorgde Boeken

The two best books in the world come from the Netherlands

By 10-03-2022

The 33 Best Dutch Book Designs of 2021 are known. A professional jury judged the books on their distinctiveness in terms of content, design, image treatment, typography, material, printing and binding. At the international judging of Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt in Leipzig, the Dutch selection will be awarded the two highest prizes, it was announced today:

The Golden Letter, the main prize, goes to On the Necessity of Gardening, published by Valiz in collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht (main editorship: Laurie Cluitmans, design: Bart de Baets; production: Wilco Art Books)

The Gold Medal goes to Met Stoelen, designed, made and published by Kuan-Ting, Chen, a third-year student at ArtEZ Arnhem.

Of the 328 books submitted, 33 books were awarded a prize
5 books belong to the category ‘prose, poetry, graphic novel and children’s book’:
Ana Pesoa – Mary John (Em. Querido’s), Henna Goudzand Nahar, Hedy Tjin – Op de rug van Bigi Kayman (Em. Querido’s), Alfred Schaffer – Zo heb ik u lief (De Bezige Bij), Bette Westera, Sylvia Weve – Seks is niets geks (Samsara), Annette Behrens, Carina Hesper – Toffe Peren: The Children’s Book (Toffe Peren Foundation)

Of the two major Bible editions in 2021, the Bible of the Dutch-Flemish Bible Society, designed by Studio Joost Grootens, has won the prize.

The designer duo Haller Brun is best represented with three books: Shallow Waters (Onomatopee), Momentum of Light (Lars Müller Publishers), A Dance of Light and Shadow (Beppe Kessler).

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2021 selection can be viewed at The selection of the Student Jury (comprising five students from top Dutch academies) will also be announced there.

As is tradition, The Best Dutch Book Designs will be the focus of the exhibition of the same name in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. The occasion is the publication of the catalogue, which this year is being designed by designer duo PutGootink.