The Lilium Exhibition Catalogue

The creation of title and custom lettershapes inspired by and reflecting the original construction elements of each ‘Lilium’ piece. The introduction and usage of a combination of finishes such as embossing, lasercut and goldfoil in a specific sequence and manner to achieve a unique and memorable result.

The usage of photography, format, composition and layout on double page spreads.

Underlying typographic grid structure using Fibonacci ratios to emulate construction methods and principles of the Lilium pieces.

– Christian Kunnert


Designing an exhibition catalogue is no easy task. It must convey a true understanding of the artist’s work while expressing its own visual form in a compelling but complementary way. The team at Kunnert & Tierney shows their mastery at every design level in this spectacular book for the Joseph Walsh show “Lilium.”

Embossed and lasercut organic shapes play against a gold foilstamped and fold-in front cover. While beautiful in its own right, the design and execution also echo the play of light and shadow central to the artist’s sculptures.

Paperlinx’s Velvet finish on the text pages is a good tactile contrast to the uncoated Rives Traditional Cover and allows the amazing photography to shine. The designer used Fibonacci ratios in the underlying typographic grid structure of the catalogue to emulate construction methods and principles of the Lilium pieces.

As a whole, the uniqueness, intricacy, accuracy and attention to detail that are characteristics of Joseph Walsh’s work are amply reflected in this stunning printed piece.

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Project Details

Title The Lilium Exhibition Catalogue Client Joseph Walsh Date October 2014 Design Christian Kunnert,
Kunnert & Tierney
Print City Print Ltd. Victoria Cross, Cork, Ireland Paper Paperlinx Regency Velvet 170gsm
Arjowiggins Rives Tradition Natural White 300gsm

Production Details

Dimensions 160 x 240mm Page Count 40 + cover Print Quantity 1,500 Production Cost €9000 Production Time 4 months Printing Method Litho Offset Number of Colors CMYK Finishing and Binding Emboss, lasercut, gold foil, bound


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