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CIAM Archipelago

Helena Syrkus was one of the leading figures of the Polish avant-garde architecture. The book presents her correspondence with the world-famous architects associated with Bauhaus: Walter and Ise Gropius, Cornelis van Eesteren, Frida Fluck and Sigfried Giedion, among others. Not only does this selection of letters written over the period of nearly 40 years shed light on complicated relations and choices, it also reports on the history of a community brought together by revolutionary design ideas. The book was published to mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement.

The goal was to place three language versions of one letter next to each other; the original alongside its Polish and English translation. A couple of colour photographs of the co-authors of the letters were inserted in-between the pages. The cover was made of two paper bookbinding veneers in different colours with an embossing on the front.

  • Type of project book
  • Scope of works book cover, book layout, typesetting (Idalia Smyczyńska, Robert Zając)
  • Cooperation preparation of photographs for printing (Tomasz Kubaczyk)
  • Format / Length 220×226 mm, 420 pages
  • Paper / Binding Amber Graphic 120 g/m², hardcover
  • Fonts Adelle, Adelle Sans, BC Novatica
  • Date 2019
  • Client National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning