Wim Crouwel is one of the most famous Dutch Designers, he was born in 1928 and has had a very successful design career. He started Total Design (with other famous designers such as Friso Kramer and Benno Wissing), produced and designed masses of print material for the Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam and created stamps, posters, typefaces, catalogues and more.
I have always been big follower and fan of Wim Crouwels design work and after a visit to Amsterdam in December 2016, and been able to meet Wim Crouwel himself, I thought it would be great to have some original Crouwel designs in the studio as a source of inspiration. After visiting various book markets and bookshops in Amsterdam I was able to acquire the start of my catalogue collection and soon after my return to Yorkshire, I managed to source many more online.
My Wim Crouwel catalogue collection now includes around 100 items from throughout his career and they are mostly catalogues designed for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Each catalogue uses Crouwels famous grid systems and the covers have striking colours mixed with typographic genius. Wim himself has designed custom typefaces such as New Alphabet, Fodor and Gridnik and has won various awards from the Stankowski, Zwart and the Gerrit Noordzij Prize.
Here are a selection of some of my favourite from my collection.