Immunity, June 2017
Immunity, Sicherheit ohne Gewehr, artist book by Barbara Philipp, edition of 30.
One of the great pleasures of working with artists is their non-biased approach to materials and aesthetics. At first we were a bit doubtful about using this faux leather with printed snakeskin pattern, a kind of material we normally reserve for menu covers and the like; but as we were making them we realised just how relevant the choice and how strong the artist's vision was. This is definitely one of the most exciting artist book editions we have made recently.
La Tête Or, March 2017
Design binding for La Tête Or, poem by Morina Mongin, letterpress printed by Michael Caine, with an original etching by Moucha.
Photos © Michèle Garrec for La Reliure Contemporaine
This binding is made of two boards and a spine piece, covered separately in leather. The hinges are Benjamin's variation on the Criss cross binding, a construction devised by Anne Goy, which offers a firm bond between the parts and yet, prodigious mobility. The sections are attached to a concertina, providing excellent mobility to the text-block as well.
Inside The Book, December, 2016
Inside The Book is an essay covering all aspects of book design and production, from type setting to marketing, and everything in between.
Veren voor Kees, December 20, 2016
Binding for Veren voor Kees, published by De Buitenkant, Amsterdam. Commissioned by the publisher. 5 copies.
Veren voor Kees is a tribute to a man written on the occasion of his retirement from a leading position in an organisation.
'At least this is what I understood with my rudimentary Dutch, and this is what drove my choice of materials this binding project, for which I had been given carte blanche. Rough hand made paper (Cave Paper) as an analogy for age and strength. Colours: honorable, authoritative dark blue with glimpses of lavender gentleness (inside the spine and as inner joints). Sprinkles of mica for a touch of glamour.' Benjamin Elbel
The structure is a tue-mouche binding. For more information about the tue-mouche binding visit this link.
De Theeroos, July 06, 2016
De Theeroos is a private initiative by Dutch sculptor and book collector Gerard Overeem, to bring together in the book form a series of drawings and poems as an ode to the garden.
Benjamin's contribution is a full dark green goatskin leather binding, incorporating the inlayed silhouette of a tree in distressed leather. The endpapers are leather jointed paste papers, created especially for the book. The artwork was mounted in a 3 layered stub construction of which the close-up below demonstrates the excellent opening. The book is housed in a light green cloth solander box.
Tile Books, March 17, 2016
Dutch Alphabets, February 22, 2016