The Zumtobel Group commissions artists to design their corporate report and produce an art book each year. This year marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the collectible reports, which have been previously designed by Anish Kapoor, David Chipperfield, James Turrell, Hani Rashid and Bruce Mau, amongst others. Zumtobel invited Diller Scofidio + Renfro to produce the 2015/16 report. DS+R’s project captured the changing quality of light during the magic hour in a series of forty-eight photographs. Besides book design, the photography book and corporate report needed a conceptual link.
The photography book and corporate report are separated into two books with a large band connecting their covers. The band can be slipped off so the two books can exist independently of each other without a trace of one book on the other. The photobook’s full bleed images immerse the viewer, and it is bound hardcover with a midnight blue Wibalin paper and blind deboss for the title. Zumtobel presents the corporate report in both English and German. The paperback, saddle stitched report can be read in two ways: from the front cover, the book can be read with every right-hand page in English, and the book can be flipped and rotated 180 degrees so from the back cover, the book can be read with every right hand page in German. The color of the pages is on a gradient from sky blue (front cover) to midnight blue (back cover), which butts up to the back cover of the photo book. The text is the inverse gradient of the page color, and a smaller insert in the middle of the report contains an interview about the project.