Looking Into the Anatomy of Books: Marginalia by Anja Lutz
Cover Have you ever looked closely at a book? I don’t mean at the actual content but at the shapes and forms that, like architectural details, exist between pages. Marginalia is a project by Anja Lutz that wants us to pay attention to those elements that we often overlook. Lutz …
Have you ever looked closely at a book? I don’t mean at the actual content but at the shapes and forms that, like architectural details, exist between pages. Marginalia is a project by Anja Lutz that wants us to pay attention to those elements that we often overlook.
Lutz is a graphic designer whose area of practice is sharp focus; she designs art books. Each book is unique in its details—margins, edges, backgrounds, spaces between the lines and many others—that not everyone sees. When I design a book, the first thing I do is to pay close attention to all my choices of format, material, layout, composition, texture, and rhythm. The choices need to be well thought out in order to enhance the content and showcase it in the best way possible. Marginalia does the opposite; it goes from end to beginning.
Marginalia encourages to seeing the unseen by removing, layer by layer with surgical precision, its vital parts and revealing their skeletons – the actual support of the content. “The results are filigree grids, fragments of images, and traces of the layout that form intricately layered compositions of voids, exposing the hidden relationships between the pages.” Writes a review.
The serene beauty of the results turns into a piece of art in itself. It must have been an enlightening experiment to the designer to go back and reinterpret the same art books she designed herself—with group of collaborators including artists like Kader Attia, Sonia Boyce, Angela Bulloch, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Christine Hill, Hannah Höch, Hella Jongerius, Loriot, J. Mayer H., Laercio Redondo, Julian Rosefeldt, Lawrence Weiner and many more.
Marginalia, the book, is available for sale at The Green Box
245 x 330 mm
Open back thread bound with dust jacket
Design: Anja Lutz // Book Design