Video portraits: The Most Beautiful Swiss Books

Art, Design, Exhibition, Milano

A series of video-reviews on The Most Beautiful Swiss Books

Victoria Easton

Silvia Sfligiotti

Azalea Seratoni

Dafne Boggeri

Licit Illicit Bookshop

Mariana Siracusa

Giovanna Silva

Alessandra Angelini

Paolo Caffoni

Ilaria Bombelli

Art, Design, Exhibition

A series of video-reviews on The Most Beautiful Swiss Books

#1 Victoria Easton: architect and professor at various universities. She is a member of the Swiss Federal Art Commission since 2017 and part of the jury of the Swiss Art Awards for art, curating and architecture.

Kazuo Shinohara: 3 Houses
Editor: Christian Dehli, Andrea Grolimund, Zürich
Design: Elektrosmog – Marco Walser, Natalie Rickert, Marina Brugger, Zürich
Printing: DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH, Altenburg (DE)
Publisher Quart Verlag, Luzern

Alternative Histories
Editor: Jantje Engels, Marius Grootveld, Ghent (BE)
Design: Studio Mathias Clottu, London (UK)
Printing: Publikum, Belgrade (RS)
Publisher: Drawing Matter, Wincanton (UK)

#3 Azalea Seratoni: is an art historian (Università degli Studi di Milano). Her curatorial activity complements her critical and research practice. Since 2016 she teaches basic design at Scuola Politecnica di Design, Milan. Her continuous attention to contemporary arts is combined with historical reflection, focusing in particular on image theory and visual culture, the relationship between art and new media, the boundaries of art and design.

Editor: Peter Fischli, David Weiss, Zürich
Design: NORM, Zürich
Printing: DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH, Altenburg (DE)
Publisher: Buchhandlung, Walther König, Köln (DE)

#5 Licit Illicit Bookshop: was founded, just before the COVID-19 pandemic (January 2020), by Costanza Candeloro & Francesca Ciccone as a mobile platform (IG) dedicated to the relation between Rarities and Radicality. The catalogue includes feminist theory, queer & postcolonial studies, antipsychiatry titles, some literature and poetry uniqueness, and many other gems.

Enghelab Street
Editor: Hannah Darabi, Paris
Design: Fabian Bremer, Leipzig (DE); Pascal Storz, Berlin (DE)
Printing: Optimal Media GmbH, Röbel (DE)
Publisher: Spector Books, Leipzig (DE)

#7 Giovanna Silva: is a photographer who lives and works in Milan. She is founder of the publishing house Humboldt Books and San Rocco Magazine. Previously she has been contributor for Domus Magazine and photo editor of Abitare magazine. Giovanna Silva has participated in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice with the project Nightswimming, Discotheques in Italy from the 1960s to the present (Bedford Press).

Things People Wear in Kenya
Editor: Philippine Chaumont, Agathe Zaerpour, Paris (FR)
Design: Philippine Chaumont, Agathe Zaerpour, Paris (FR)
Printing: DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH, Altenburg (DE)
Publisher: Kodoji Press, Baden

#9 Paolo Caffoni: is an editor at the Berlin based publishing house Archive Books. He is a faculty member of NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts Milan, and was part of the curatorial team of the Second Yinchuan Biennale in 2018. His doctoral project at HfG Karlsruhe focuses on the methodologies of Naoki Sakai and Antonio Gramsci, investigating the practice of translation among different media.

From… To…
Editor: Jirí Makovec, St.Gallen
Design: PIN (Samuel Bänziger, Rosario Florio, Larissa Kasper), St.Gallen
Printing: DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH, Altenburg (DE)
Publisher: Jungle Books, St.Gallen

#11 Francesco Valtolina is a Creative Director and Graphic Designer, based in Milano. He is co-founder with Kevin Pedron of Dallas, a Creative Direction and Graphic Design studio. Art Director of Mousse Magazine since 2008, he has worked with international artists, writers, photographers, and collectives, conceiving and creating visual communication projects, books, and printed matters. He co-founded the independent publishing house Mousse Publishing with Edoardo Bonaspetti in 2009. He co-founded the fashion brand Cabinet Milano in 2018. Since 2013, he is Lecturer of Graphic Design for Contemporary Art at NABA Milan, and Editorial Design at ISIA, Urbino.

Fredrik Værslev–Fenstermalerei
Editor: Fredrik Værslev, Drammen (NO)
Design: PIN (Samuel Bänziger, Rosario Florio, Larissa Kasper), St.Gallen
Printing: DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH, Altenburg (DE)
Publisher: Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst (DE)


#2 Silvia Sfligiotti: is graphic designer (co-founder of Alizarina), professor (ISIA Urbino, SPD Milano, UniRSM) and critic. As an independent researcher she studies History of Visual Communication, Pedagogy of Design and somatic practices.

500 Jahre Zürcher Reformation. Das Jubiläumsbuch
Editor: Martin Heller, Zürich/Berlin (DE); Barbara Weber, Zürich
Design: Teo Schifferli, with Olivia Wünsche, Rafayel Sdanewitsch, Zürich
Printing: Musumeci S.p.A., Quart (IT)
Publisher: Scheidegger & Spiess, Zürich

#4 Dafne Boggeri: curator as artist of SPRINT—Independent Publishers and Artists’ Books Salon Milano since 2013. She is also co-founder of the queer platform TOMBOYS DON’T CRY.

Almanach Ecart. Une archive collective, 1969-2019
Editor: Elisabeth Jobin, Yann Chateigné, Genève
Design: Dan Solbach, Basel
Printing: TBS, La Buona Stampa SA, Pregassona (CH)
Publisher: HEAD – Genève / art&fiction, Lausanne

#6 Mariana Siracusa: is an Argentinian scholar based in Milano. She is the founder of SPAZIO, an independent bookstore and gallery devoted to architecture, urban design, landscape, social ecology and other disciplines that deal with spatial practices.

The Museum is Not Enough / Le musée ne suffit pas
Editor: Giovanna Borasi, Albert Ferré, Francesco Garutti, Jayne Kelley, Mirko Zardini, Montréal (CA)
Design: Studio Jonathan Hares – Jonathan Hares, Amaury Hamon, Lausanne
Printing: Druckerei Odermatt AG, Dallenwil
Publisher:Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal (CA) / Sternberg Press (DE)

#8 Alessandra Angelini: is an artist and professor of Graphic Art at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan.

Modern Nature
Editor: Katharine Stout, London (UK)
Design: Studio Ard – Guillaume Chuard (CH),
Daniel Kang Yoon Nooregaard (NO), London(UK)
Printing: Aldgate Press, London (UK)
Publisher: Drawing Room London, London (UK)

#10 Ilaria Bombelli is Head of Publications at Mousse Publishing.

Die Verwandte
Editor: Mimi von Moos, Basel
Design Studio: Krispin Heé, Zürich
Printing: Kösel GmbH & Co. KG, Altusried-Krugzell (DE)
Publisher: Edition Patrick Frey, Zürich

Voice over: Ben Bazalgette.
Thanks to Anna Azzali.

#12 Temporary Bookstore: the project named Temporary Bookstore, founded and curated by Paolo Fasoli and Giorgio Testa, is a temporary bookshop which takes place every time in a different spot, with a renewed selection of books about architecture, design, art, and photography, selected for their typographic quality and their rareness within the traditional book market.