BONBON: Valeria Bonin / Diego Bontognali
Design for Things Theoretical and Exotic
How can design be used to make a theoretical magazine attractive? Valeria Bonin and Diego Bontognali, both graduates of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK), work together under the name Bonbon. Their signature is seen on magazines like '31', a periodical of ZHdK's Insitutue for Critical Theory. Their covers typically feature large typefaces, sometimes in colour, with the striking attribute of serving both as the cover and the table of contents. The magazine is printed on greyish cardboard-like paper, not particularly attractive in itself, but Bonbon have invested the magazine with an inimitable, slightly clunky appearance that eminently suits an art school's theoretical research institute. Always looking for new solutions, the two designers clearly have a flair for highly sophisticated details. They have designed several photo books from archival material, including a book about the Letzigraben baths. The cover shows a curiously faded photograph, like an old family photograph, in poetic evocation of the institution's early days. Bonbon also design artists' books like 'Portobello' by Hildegard Spielhofer. The largely white cover is unusual since Bonin and Bontognali ordinarily have no qualms about 'all over' design and, in fact, cultivate a certain elaborate exuberane. Based in Zürich, the duo also teach – Valeria Bonin at the Zürich F+F, Diego Bontognali at the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne. From 2007 to 2009, the Federal Office of Culture commissioned them to design the publications for the Swiss Federal Design Awards.
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Designerin FH, Studienbereich Visuelle Kommunikation
Ausbildung Formation Education
Designer FH, Studienbereich Visuelle Kommunikation