Never Known But Is The Knower —
Book Design


Client: Olafur Eliasson
Author: Michel Bitbol
Translator: Claire Debard
Editor: William Stewart
Editor: Anne-Claire Juramie
Design: Vina Rostomyan
Published by Institut für Raumexperimente
Available at Walther König bookshop
Images © Olafur Eliasson

Video: Fondation Louis Vuitton
Video Speakers:
Olafur Eliasson
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Laurence Bosse
Michel Bitbol
Claire Denis

Never Known But Is the Knower is a book based on a lecture given by a french philosopher Michel Bitbol at the Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin University of the Arts. The book is a collaboration between Michel Bitbol, who explores the concept of the blind spot in science, and Olafur Eliasson who created drawings that appear between the pages.
I designed the book using the “french fold” binding technique, where each page is folded and attached at the spine, with Olafur’s drawings hidden inside the pages. It’s printed on thin newsprint, allowing the drawings to softly show through and to echo the concept of the lecture - the blind spot. As Olafur describes it “it is a book inside a book”.

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