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book (design) story #239

lotte schwarz:
tagebuch mit einem haus

verlag girsberger, zürich, 1956
printer: gemsberg-druck der geschwister ziegler a.-g., winterthur
size: ?? x ?? cm
designer: ernst scheidegger, felix schwarz

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when swiss architect felix schwarz (*1917) built a house for his family, his wife lotte schwarz documented the project in a diary. this diary with a house was published by girsberger in zürich in 1956.

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the book was designed by ernst scheidegger (*1923) who is brobably best known as a photographer. scheidegger was max bill's assitant in the 1940s and taught at the hfg ulm in the 1950s.

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the book design is swiss modernist – lowercase titles on jacket and cover, asymmetric page layout, ...

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... the drawings on rough brown paper remind of catalogues designed by other hfg ulm teachers – max bill (book 177) and vordemberge-gildewart (book 225).

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there are photos of the house and surrounding landscape: when the house was built, it was in the open countryside, in the middle of hayfields. today, that area look different: many more houses – and a motorway just a few jards away ...

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