Shortlisted Books

Mirka & Georges

Designed by
Klarissa Pfisterer, Pfisterer + Freeman
Category
Best Designed Fully-illustrated Book Over $50
Year
2019
Publisher
an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing

About the Designer

With a background in design and branding in Australia and the UK, Klarissa launched Pfisterer + Freeman in 2000, specialising in book projects for publishers big and small and for independent authors with an idea or story to share. She is based at the Abbotsford Convent Arts Precinct, Melbourne.

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Design Rationale

As long time Mirka fans, we wanted to create a tribute to the bohemian artistic flare of these two very influential cultural figures. The book needed to feel charming, creative and authentic. The title type was recreated from an old sign and we pushed for a cloth cover and ribbon that reflected Mirka’s canvas and doll making materials. Photographer Robyn Lea was commissioned to make assemblages of Mirka’s treasures to go opposite the recipes. The chapter colour palette was inspired by the colour in Mirka’s paintings and the recipe designs reflect Mirka and Georges’s famous French heritage.

Details
Dimensions
199 x 256
No. pages
258
Special finishes
Cloth + 2c foil matt black 711 + matt white 710. Stamping on front and spine + deep debossing on front. 1c foil black on back case. Tip-on -- 2pp 4c x 0c + 1/s Matt machine varnish on 120gsm woodfree paper.
Credits
Internal Design
Pfisterer + Freeman
Photography
Robyn Lea (studio photography)
Typesetting
Pfisterer + Freeman
Printing
1010 Printing International
Author
Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan