European Design Award to Norwegian architectural book
The prestigious design award iF Design Award was awarded to the book 'Betongoverflater' (Concrete Surfaces), published in collaboration between Gyldendal Academic and byggutengrenser.no. It is both a guide and an inspirational book for architects and concrete workers, designed by Laboremus.
Laboremus Oslo has a tradition for book production and has established a new Book Design department in February 2011. The department is formed by designers João Doria and Rune Døli. They have worked since then on projects for Gyldendal, Munch Museum, Forlaget Press, CappelenDamm and others. The 'Betongoverflater' book was the department's first project.
The book was conceived in three parts, each one printed in a different paper quality. The design is based on a grid system that adapts to different content structures, so each part can have its own expression while belonging to the same project. The designers' aim was to emphasize concrete's own visual and structural qualities through the choice of color, materials and visual aids.
About the iF Design Awards
iF (Industrie Forum Design) has existed since 1953. Its original aim was to promote German design, but the competition has established itself as one of the largest international design awards with submissions from more than 35 countries and in 12 different categories. iF Communication Design Award was launched in 2004 and has since then been one of the leading international design competitions in communication design.
In 2012, the award cermony will take place in Munich, on February 10, during the Munich Creative Business Week. As a recipient of the iF design award, 'Betongoverflater' will have the opportunity to compete for the prestigious iF gold award.
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Betongoverflater will be on display at the iF design exhibition, which will be held at the same time as the CeBIT fair in Hanover (6-10. Mar. 2012). In addition, the book will be on display at the iF design exhibition in Hamburg and the iF design exhibition in Hainan, China.