The 348th Exhibition
Lars Müller BOOKS Analogue Reality
August 04, 2015 - August 26, 2015
100 books convey an impression of the themes and formal concerns that shape the world of the Swiss publisher and designer Lars Müller. Since 1983, he has been presenting books on architecture, design, typography, photography, and social issues that impress with their consistently high design quality. Müller is selective in his choice of content and equally stringent in his search for the appropriate form and materials for its presentation. He sets limits that reveal his own creative convictions as a designer while also expressing his rootedness in the tradition of modern Swiss graphic design. The 100 books are arranged in the exhibition according to thematic and formal criteria. Visitors have a chance to both see and touch them and hence to participate in a debate on where the book stands in todayfs changing media world. For Lars Müller, one thing is clear: There is no digital replacement in sight for the book and its comforting physicality, its formal variety, and the sensuality of its perception. Thus, the book well deserves our continued attention and the confidence placed in it by the best designers and thinkers in all cultures.
Design: Sebastian Fehr
ginza graphic gallery (ggg)
DNP Ginza Building, 7-2, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
11:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. (6:00p.m. on Saturdays)
Closed on Sundays and national holidays
Entry is free of chage
Lars Müller was born in Norway in 1955. He moved to Switzerland in 1963 and studied graphic design in Zurich from 1975 to 1979. In 1981, he worked as assistant to Wim Crouwel at the legendary Total Design agency in Amsterdam. Crouwel awakened his interest in books and book design. While working as a self-employed graphic designer, Müller founded his publishing house in Baden, Switzerland, in 1983, focusing on books on architecture, design, typography, art, and photography. Josef Müller-Brockmann was his exacting teacher, and also a friend. With a team of ten employees, the Lars Müller design studio and publishing house are today based in Zurich. A passionate educator since 1985, Müller has taught at various universities in Switzerland and Europe and since 2009 as a guest lecturer at Harvard Universityfs Graduate School of Design. He is currently the international president of AGI, Alliance Graphique Internationale.