Strobo BM is a studio specialising in book design, visual identities, exhibition typography and interactive projects, mainly working for clients in the fields of art and architecture. Founded in Berlin in 2012 by Matthias Friederich and Julian von Klier, it’s since opened a Munich-based office, and judging by its stunning portfolio, has been going from strength to strength ever since. There’s some superb work there, it’s worth taking a couple of minutes to scroll through it all.
The work we’re highlighting today though is the beautiful book design for a tome about the world of German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, published by Lars Müller Books. The book is based on the exhibition Abbildungen at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, which was on display in spring 2016, and “turns its gaze on the media framing of Konstantin Grcic’s design objects,” says the publisher. “First researched in early magazines, company prospectuses, flyers and other print media, the selected pieces are presented as reproductions of reproductions.”
The designers have deftly turned their hand to this somewhat conceptual framework, reinforcing the ideas of facsimiles of facsimiles through clever typographic overlays and abstractions of the images contained within. Beneath the dust jacket, the book is purely typographic, adding a sense of the industrial to a book about an industrial designer. Clever little touches like showing the colour breakdowns act as smart easter eggs that once again hint at ideas around the reproduction of images, and show the processes behind the design in a subtle, eye catching way. The book is a truly beautiful object, and a testament to the skills of the designers at Strobo BM.