Publisher: kunstgewerbemuseum zürich
Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 cm
Release Date: 1956
Price: $400 USD (¥40,000 JPY)
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Condition: acceptable to good (pre-owned)
Design Carl B. Graf
Cover Photo Manfred Bingler
the kunstgewerbeschule (school for applied arts) in zürich was a place were young graphic designers learned the “swiss style” in the 1950s. the exhibition catalogues and posters of the kunstgewerbemuseum (museum for applied arts) which is under the same roof are often excellent examples of this style. here a catalogue of an exhibition on the history of glass. you find a picture of the similar poster on the poster collection website of the swiss national library.
the photo of a glass is printed on a glassine dustjacket while the title is printed vertically on the white wrappers – shining through the semi-transparent jacket like through glass! printed glassine jackets were quite popular in the 1940-50s
the catalogue design by carl bernhard graf (1926-1968) is a clasic example of 1950s’ swiss modernism: asymmetric page layout and page numbers, sans-serif typeface, lowercase titles reveal the influence of 1920s’ new typography.
the flush-left ragged-right setting of type and dark, rough paper for text pages are a style often used by max bill.