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Awards for this year’s most beautiful Czech books were presented

The world of books is already astonishing in itself, but when accompanied by a unique graphic element, it not only takes you to another world, it also provides an aesthetic experience. Nowadays, many beautiful volumes are published every day, so the refined visuals are slowly intertwined with the books as well. This is no different in the Czech Republic, where there are plenty of awards for these volumes.

The awards for the most beautiful Czech books of 2020 were announced and solemnly presented at the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP) in Prague. Each year, the professional committee of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic selects the works of the past year, illustrated with impressive and special graphic design solutions, in six categories.


The most beautiful literature:

The first place in the literature category is the publication of Exhibition as a Media by Adéla Svobodová, in which the creator easily combines the professionalism of art history with entertainment. The Rudolfinum book by the Czech Philharmonic and the BUM! 75x Champagne book by the Galeire Gema were also able to take the podium among the literature pieces.


The most beautiful fiction cover:

In the fiction category, the jury was captivated by a monographic essay by Miloslav Topinka dedicated to Rimbaud, whose graphic elements were designed by Czech graphic designer Josefina Karlíková. Among the works of fiction are the Salty Mascara of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and Grenzen überschreiten German drama.


The most beautiful books on fine art:

The most beautiful book of fine art was the project of the Hungarian Andi Schmied: the pink Private Views: The High-Rise Panorama of Manhattan was published by the VI PER Gallery in Prague. Other wonderful winners in this category are the Codex Aigas and the History of Lacquer.


Children’s and youth literature category:

The pictorial world of children’s literature is always fascinating—this time the winner of the category was the Sapphire Kingfishers and Glutaman with the illustrations of Jindřich Janíček. The Weather Forecast for Paseka Publishers got second and the Black Evening third.


The most beautiful textbooks and learning aids:

It is a joy to learn from these books! Out of the three nominees in the category, the jury selected Filip Blažek’s Typokbook textbook, and further places were taken by the Listed Words learning tool and the Urban Mind urban planning handbook.


The most special authors’ books:

Among the authors’ books, the Czech poet Petr Borkovec’s Praise Be to the Creation of Francis of Assisi got the first place.The publication was edited by Zuzana Lednická, who illustrated the text through an abstract color spectrum. The special purple edition of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and the UNPLUGGED volume of the Rudolfinum Gallery took second and third place.


The most decorative student creations:

Students of Czech art schools can also compare their works—the most beautiful diploma work of this year is the refined Spiritus Noctis, made by Judita Koštáková. Among the student works, in the top three, Martin Kelbl’s Back and Forth and Pavla Nečásková’s We Are Not Talking About It Here works were included.


Special prize category:

As in previous years, the special prize was presented this year too, The Holiness, a joint work of Tereza Bierská and Nela Klímová, won the award.

Source: Czech Design

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