16 / 3
Welcome to 16/3 - the third volume in the 16 collection, he Fedrigoni project launched in 2012 with the aim of interpreting and promoting special papers through original works of graphic art by renowned or emerging international designers. All in all, the 3 volumes (16/1, 16/2 and 13/3) saw 24 designers contribute to the development of the project.
Volume 16/3 exclusively focuses on designer graphics, bringing together the works of 8 designers from different parts of the world who have created their graphic projects using different types of paper of their own choice, such as Freelife Kendo and Vellum, Arcoprint Edizioni 1.3, Stucco Sirio Calce, Old Mill, Arcodesign, Splendorgel and Sirio White White. All these artists used the space of a sixteen page section, i.e. a sheet measuring 70x100 cm folded and cut into 16 pages, sewn individually and then together with the others to produce the overall volume in keeping with classic bookbinding.
The quality of the paper becomes an integral part of the work itself and its design. 16/3 is an astonishing volume: not only an object to admire and browse through but also a depiction of stories and games to be touched and explored. In this project, 8 designers highlighted the various characteristics of paper - such as brightness and opacity, texture and volume, sealed or porous surfaces, refraction and interaction with light; at the same time, the types and shades of paper enhanced and at the same time even modi ed the designers' work.
The authors of the book are:
- Frenchman Mathieu Desailly, co-founder of the Jardin Graphique studio;
- Portuguese Vera Velez, who specialises in art books and has worked for major Portuguese institutions;
- David Barath, Hungarian, founder of Visual Group, who boasts numerous publications and appearances in international exhibitions;
- Fraser Muggeridge, founder of the studio of the same name London and creator of Typography Summer School in London;
- Adam Michaels, of the Project Projects studio in New York City, winner of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, the highest pinnacle for American design;
- Italian studio LeftLoft, which also has offices in New York City and winner of numerous international awards;
- Sulki and Min, Korean designers based in Seoul, who contributed to the BMW Guggenheim Lab and numerous other international projects;
- Nej de Doncker, a Belgian designer who was for many years head of Kluwer Publishers and is now guest-lecturer at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London.