“Fiume Fantastika” shortlisted among best designed books of the world published in 2021
An international jury panel selected 14 best designed books in the world published in 2021 as part of Best Book Design from all over the World, an annual competition organised by the German Book Art Foundation (Stiftung Buchkunst). The competition, which this year attracted 500 submitted titles from 30 countries, included 17 books by the Croatian publishers selected at the Croatian national best book design competition organised by the National and University Library in Zagreb of which Fiume Fantastika, authored by Vedran Mimica, Maroje Mrduljaš and Idis Turato, designed by Maša Poljanec and Leo Kirinčić and published by the University of Rijeka and the Oaza Books publishing company, was among the shortlisted titles.
The members of the 2022 international jury panel, Hans Gremmen from the Netherlands, Márcia Novais from Portugal, Sebastian A. Schmitt from Germany, Ozan Akkoyun from Turkey and Gila Kaplan from Israel, awarded the first prize, the prestigious Golden Letter, to On the Necessity of Gardening (The Netherlands). Met Stoelen (The Netherlands) won the Gold Medal, the Silver Medal went to Valentine Schlegel: Je dors, je travaille (France) and Rodin / Arp (Germany), while the Bronze Medal was awarded to Historie naturalne (Poland), Chrám umění: Rudolfinum (Czech Republic), Portraits, John Berger à vol d’oiseau (France), 100 More Years with Doraemon (Japan) and alles oder nichts wortet (Austria). Honorary awards went to On the Move (Ukraine), Migrant Marseille (Germany), A Non-Reader for people who like to look at letters (Austria), Wright Morris. L’Essence du visible (France) and Water: Wang Muyuu Artworks Portfolio (China).
The Best Book Design from all over the World competition has been taking place every year since 1963 and a Frankfurt-based German Book Art Foundation has been in charge of its organisation since 1991. Croatia has participated in it since gaining independence, with the National and University Library in Zagreb acting as the organiser of the national best book design competition (Hrvatska lijepa knjiga) since 1996.