Most Beautiful Books—
Australia & New Zealand

We are pleased to announce the awardees of the inaugural Most Beautiful Books—Australia & New Zealand award program.

→ Scroll down for details of awarded books.

MBBANZ operates on an open-submission basis: books may be submitted by designers, publishers or printers, but also by readers, retailers and others. There are no entry fees.

Drawing influence from other programs of this type in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, this biennial award program has been established to recognise excellence and innovation in contemporary book design and production in Australia & New Zealand.

Entries are now closed, but you may view the entry form and guidelines here. Watch this space for details of the 2015 award program.

Awarded books 2013:

The Anatomy of Business
Author: Louis Porter
Design: Louis Porter
Publisher: Twenty Shelves
Print: MPD

The AUP Anthology of New Zealand Literature
Editors: Jane Stafford and Mark Williams
Design: Katrina Duncan (text) / Scott Crickett (cover)
Publisher: Auckland University Press
Print: 1010 Printing

A Bell is a Cup
Author: Matt Connors
Design: Rainoff (Sinisa Mackovic and Robert Milne)
Publisher: Rainoff
Print: Oddi

Ildiko Kovacs: Down the Line 1980–2010
Author: Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Design: Mark Gowing
Publisher: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
Print: Imago

Incomplete Discography
Author: Karl Nawrot
Design: Karl Nawrot
Publisher: Horizon Pages
Print: Sint Joris

Institute Zagreb 1986 / The Air of Conquerors
Author: S.T. Lore
Design: Annie Wu
Publisher: Helen Hughes
Print: Printgraphics

Local Edition 25.07.12
Author: Louise Menzies
Design: DDMMYY (Kelvin Soh and Sam Wieck)
Publisher: DDMMYY and Physics Room
Print: Print Stop

Luminous: Celebrating 50 Years of the Australian Ballet
Editor: Kate Scott
Design: 3 Deep
Publisher: The Australian Ballet
Printed in China

Nova Paul: Form Next to Form Next to Form
Author: Nova Paul
Design: Åbäke
Publisher: Clouds and Dent-de-Leone
Print: Die Keure, Belgium

Owl Know How
Authors: Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles
Design: Tin & Ed
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Print: Imago

My Abuela’s Table
Author: Daniella Germain
Design: Daniella Germain
Publisher: Hardie Grant
Print: 1010 Printing

Public program 2013:

→ Public lecture:
MBBANZ jurors James Langdon (UK) and Layla Tweedie-Cullen (NZ) will discuss their respective practices and contemporary book design more broadly.
     6–7pm, Monday 18 March 2013
     State Library of Victoria
     Village Roadshow Theatrette
     (Entry 3, La Trobe Street)
     Free, but bookings required.

→ Awards announcement:
The award recipients will be announced at the launch of the inaugural MBBANZ exhibition.
     6–8pm, Wednesday 20 March 2013
     MADA Gallery
     See address below.
     Free, no bookings required.

→ Exhibition:
See the entries and awarded books, on show for one week only!
     20–25 March 2013
     10am–5pm Monday–Friday, 12–5pm Saturday
     MADA Gallery
     Monash University Caulfield Campus
     900 Dandenong Road
     Caulfield East
     Free entry.