Henk Wildschut's Food and Pierre Liebaert among Photo Eye's Best of 2013

/ December 30, 2013

Every year Photo-Eye (and many photo blogs and websites) release their selection of the best photo books of the year. For 2013, Henk Wildschut: Food was selected by Martin Parr, Rob Hornstra and Chiara Capodici & Fiorenza Pinna of 3/3. 

Pierre Libaert Macquenoise was selected by 10x10, Larissa Leclair and Colin Pantall.

Jap Scheeren Cut Shaving, Katja Mater Multiple Densitites, Igor Samolet Be Happy, Anaïs López's In The Beginning No Bird Sang and Anne de Gelas L'Amoureuse were also among selected books.


Read all about it in Photo Eye's blog.

Eddy van Wessel in the media

/ December 24, 2013

'The Edge of Civilization' from Zilveren Camera winner 2013, Eddy van Wessel, was presented last week. Here, for those who understand  Dutch, an interview with  him on Radio 1. In the book there are several photographs that can be read with a layar app, here an example of the film that you will see when using this extra feature in the book. Available in a Dutch, English or Spanish edition.

Beautiful feature in De Standaard

/ December 13, 2013

A big feature by Hans Cottyn on Inside the Rainbow - Russian Children's Literature 1920-1935 was published in the Belgian newspaper De Standaard last Friday 6th of December. 

Designers & Books feature notable Design books of 2013

/ December 12, 2013

Among others, City Of God, Deventer, Graphic Texts, Irma Boom's Architecture Of The Book, MVRDV Buildings, and Everything Sings as most notable design books of 2013. Board Members and Guests Of Designers & Books recommend these throughout the year.

Designers & Books is an advocate for books as an important source of inspiration for creativity, innovation, and invention.The main way they do this is by publishing lists of books that esteemed members of the international design community identify as important, meaningful, and formative—books that have shaped their values, their worldview, and their ideas about design (sic).

San Serriffe will present this week the new F.R. David

/ December 9, 2013

Launch of the eleventh issue of F.R.DAVID 
Thursday December 12, 7.30pm—9.30pm
with a reading by Will Holder at 8

"All distinctions are mind, by mind, of mind" is comparative -- making divisions and splits in order to read the design of rhetoric in the stories we tell about our fictional and professional selves.

Edited by Will Holder, and published by de Appel arts centre – F.R.DAVID is a typographical journal, preoccupied with the distribution of reading and writing in contemporary art practice.

This week Idea Books is at Guadalajara I.B.F.

/ December 4, 2013

This week Idea Books is present at Guadalajara International Book Fair, represented by Nicolas Friedmann/Representaciones Editoriales: stand M4/ Coedimex.

Metropolis M on Fernand Deligny

/ December 4, 2013

For those of you who can read Dutch there is a big article published in the art magazine Metropolis M on Fernand Deligny and his project Maps and Wonderlines.

Idea Books One Day Library

/ December 4, 2013

Idea Books held a special one day event in Kyoto, showcasing more than 300 samples! The even was held at Cottage Keibunsha, hosted by our rep Julie Onishi, with the precious help of Den.

Best Photo Books in 2013

/ November 28, 2013

Yes, it's *that* time of the year again:

Washington Post's Nathaniel Grann chose Best Photo Books 2013 and one of his 5 chosen books is the self published Sometimes I Cannot Smile.


Meanwhile Time picks Paolo Woods' State as one of the best in 2013, selected by Fred Ritchin.


Martin Parr makes his selection at  the British Journal Of Photography, and features Henk Wildschut: Food / Voedsel

Shelf Bookshop presents a selection of Roma titles

/ November 18, 2013

From November 15 to 23 Shelf Bookshop in Tokyo is presenting a special selection of Roma titles.

42 Titles from Roma Publications, at Shelf bookshop.

Idea Books One Day Library at Cottage Keibunsha

/ November 14, 2013

On November 27 Idea Books will have more than 300 samples to be viewed at Keibunsha during the Idea Books One Day Library. So if you are in Kyoto... 

See more (in japanese): Keibunsha and Cottage Keibunsha

Offprint Paris

/ November 12, 2013

Idea Books will be cooperating with San Serriffe Bookshop during Offprint Paris, where we will show selected titles. Many publishers we distribute will be present as well, and a series of lectures and events will take place.

Offprint Paris takes place at Beaux-Arts de Paris at the same time as Paris-Photo.

14-17 November 13:00 - 20:30 (sat-sun until 19:30)

Anne de Gelas in Colin Pantall's blog

/ November 11, 2013

A beautiful and emotional review in Colin Pantall's blog on L'Amoureuse from Anne de Gelas.

This week two Roma presentations at San Serriffe

/ November 5, 2013

This week San Serriffe in Amsterdam will be presenting two Roma titles:

Katja Mater Multiple Densities
Thursday November 7, 7pm—9.30pm

The publication MULTIPLE DENSITIES brings together works made between 2010 and 2013 that share the same principle: a method of constructing images of time by layering multiple moments, creating hybrids between photography and other media, documenting something that is positioned beyond our human ability to see.
Katja Mater has her first retrospective at Marres Art Centre in Maastricht until December 8.


Paul Elliman - Untitled (September Magazine)
Friday November 8, 7pm—9.30pm

In a glossy volume approaching 500 pages, British artist and designer Paul Elliman has collected images from a variety of sources – fashion magazines, glamour photography and pornography – cropping and arranging the clippings in a manner that especially emphasises the presence of hands, along with the many gestures of which they are capable.

See more at San Serriffe

When Attitudes Become Form

/ November 5, 2013

Article in the French newspaper Liberation on the catalogue When Attitudes Become Form by Prada for the exhibition during the Venice Biennial. The second print-run will be available soon again.

Inside The Rainbow featured in The Guardian, Financial Times, and others

/ October 22, 2013

Inside The Rainbow has been getting quite a lot of attention from the press and blog world.

Among others, here are some very good reviews from The Guardian, Financial Times, It's Nice That, Brain Pickings and A Little Bird...

The book is available and shipping:


Christien Meindertsma wins Dutch Design Award

/ October 21, 2013

This weekend, the awards ceremony of the Dutch Design Awards took place in the Eindhoven Klokgebouw. The annual design awards were presented in the three main categories of Spatial, Communication and Product. The Dutch Design Awards are presented during the Eindhoven Design Week

Best Autonomous Design: Het verzameld breiwerk van Loes Veenstra uit de Tweede Carnissestraat - Christien Meindertsma

Best Fashion: Voltage - Iris van Herpen
And The Golden Eye Award also went to Iris van Herpen! The next A Magazine will be curated by her.
Keep tuned!

Exhibition Dutch Design Awards during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, October 19-27, 2013

A selection of the 560 sweaters of Loes Veenstra is still to be seen at Van Abbe Museum until 17 November.

This Saturday: the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam opens Kazimir Malevich And The Russian Avant-Garde

/ October 17, 2013

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde, with selections from the Khardzhiev and Costakis collections, the largest survey in twenty years devoted to the work of the Russian avant-garde pioneer Kazimir Malevich (1879–1935).

The Stedelijk holds the largest collection of Malevich’s work outside of Russia. Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde is a tribute to the artist and his contemporaries. In conjunction with the Khardzhiev Foundation, the Stedelijk will publish the first comprehensive catalogue of the Khardzhiev Collection published by Nai010. A catalogue of the exhibition will also be available (in Dutch and also in English), published by Walther König Verlag.

The exhibition will run between 19 October 2013 and 2 February 2014.

Two new books from Roma, and two exhibitions

/ October 17, 2013

Coming Friday 18 October De Garage in Mechelen will open the exhibition Wim Wauman: Paraphernalia, On the Status Of Inspirational Objects. The book accompanying the exhibition will be presented friday at 8pm. This catalogue was designed by Marc Nagtzaam & Roger Willems and published by Roma.The exhibition will run until December 15th. 

Also just published by Roma is Katja Mater: Multiple Densitties, accompanying her solo exhibition at Marres in Maastricht.


De Appel presents Prix de Rome 2013

/ October 15, 2013

On 26 October, an exhibition opens in de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam featuring the work of four artists who have been nominated for the Prix de Rome 2013. Christian Friedrich, Falke Pisano, Remco Torenbosch and Ola Vasiljeva create new work which will be assessed by an international jury. The winner will be announced at a festive event on 5 November. The exhibition goes on until 26 January 2014 alongside a programme of side events.
The Prix de Rome is the oldest and most prestigious award in the Netherlands for artists under the age of 40.

Prix de Rome 2013, the catalogue, is published by Nai010 (and soon available at Idea).

This Thursday Rossella Biscotti @ San Serriffe

/ October 15, 2013

Side Room was published along Rossella Biscotti's solo exhibition at Secession in Vienna, Austria. Biscotti invited the Secession's board to become involved with her dream project exhibition in the Grafisches Kabinett. Over a period of five months the participating board members wrote down, photographed, or drew their dreams and made them available to the artist. See more: San Serriffe and Secession.

Borrowed City and City Of God win the DAM prize

/ October 10, 2013

City Of God published by Ruby Press, and Borrowed City, published by Damdi, are among the prize winners  in 2013.

A jury comprising external experts and DAM representatives selected the prize winners on September 25 out of 242 submissions according to categories such as design, content, quality of material and finishing, topicality and innovation.

See more at: Deutsches Architekturmuseum

The winning books are being exhibited at Frankfurt Book Fair and will travel to book fairs worldwide.

The Temptation of AA Bronson

/ October 6, 2013

AA Bronson (b. 1946, Vancouver) is both artist and curator, subject and object, in this hybrid project that includes his recent solo work, his collaborations with younger artists, and works by friends, both queer and not.
See more at Witte De With

The exhibition runs from 5 September to 5 January.

On occasion Witte De With has just (re)published the first volume of Queer Zines. The first volume updates and corrects the original edition of Queer Zines, published in 2008. The second volume adds more than 30 recent titles as well as fourteen new essays, including writing by Bruce LaBruce, Edie Fake, K8 Hardy, and Scott Treleaven.

Our Daily Bread: Henk Wildschut at Rijksmuseum

/ September 30, 2013

On behalf of the Rijksmuseum and NRC Handelsblad, Henk Wildschut photographed, for one year, the production of fruit, vegetables, meat, milk, fish and eggs in the Netherlands for the exhibition Document Nederland: Ons Dagelijks Brood (Documenting the Netherlands: Our Daily Bread). For this purpose, he visited large-scale and organic pig and chicken farmers, a fish farm, a dairy certifying agency, greenhouse farms, various laboratories, a seed improvement company and a chips producer. The exhibition Document Nederland: Ons dagelijks brood paints a highly diverse and even surprising picture of how our food is produced. Photographer Henk Wildschut set off with a great deal of scepticism, but in the end he found that Dutch food production also has its benefits.
Henk Wildschut's Food photographs will be exhibited in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam from 22 September, 2013 to 7 January, 2014.
See more: Rijksmuseum

The book Henk Wildschut: Food is published by post editions and available in English and Dutch through Idea Books.

Unseen Book Market

/ September 26, 2013

The Unseen Book Market is an integral part of this year’s Unseen’s festival programme. It celebrates the independent publisher, beautiful books and their creators and provides a meeting place for bookmakers and book lovers. Idea Books will be present in cooperation with PhotoQBookshop.
The Unseen Book Market will be open Thursday to Sunday during the Unseen Photo Fair. See more: www.unseenamsterdam.com

El Croquis and AV receive the International RIBA Fellowship

/ September 18, 2013

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 2014 International Fellowships of the RIBA. RIBA International Fellowships reward the particular contributions non-UK architects have made to architecture.

The RIBA’s 2014 International Fellowships will be awarded to, among others, Alberto Campo Baeza, Fernando Márquez Cecilia + Richard Levene (El Croquis), Herman Czech, Luis Fernández-Galiano (Editor of Arquitectura Viva), Marcel Meili/ Markus Peter, Max Risselada, Luigi Snozzi and Tod Williams + Billie Tsien.

The lifetime honour allows recipients to use the initials Int FRIBA after their name.
The 2014 RIBA International Fellowships will be awarded at a special event at the RIBA on 25 February 2014.

See more on RIBA's website

The London Art Book Fair

/ September 12, 2013

The London Art Book Fair is an annual event which celebrates the best of international contemporary art publishing. Hosted by the Whitechapel Gallery, it showcases a diverse range of work ranging from individual artist publishers to galleries, magazines, colleges, arts publishing houses, rare book dealers and distributors. The fifth London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery will take place on 13–15 September 2013. Opening night: Thursday 12 September, 6–9pm 13–15 September 2013, 11am–6pm

Dread the exhibition (and the book)

/ September 7, 2013

Curated by Juha van’t Zelfde, winner of the De Hallen Haarlem Young Curators’ Grant 2013, Dread will show works in diverse media that in various ways represent the fear of the future. 

Dread (literally: being anxious for) is the ominous feeling in our body that warns us for possible dangers. Dread explores how artists seize this ominous expectation of the future as a productive source for their work. In the conviction that artists are capable of offering new perspectives on the dangers of technology, the exhibition tries to gain an insight into the meaning of dread in contemporary visual art.

For more, see De Hallen

The exhibition runs until 24/11 and is accompanied by the catalogue Dread: The Dizziness of Freedom, published by Valiz.