For this edition the book was made up of Fedrigoni’s white paper ranges and successfully compares and contrasts the subtle differences between the shades of whites available in the UK-held collection.
Old Mill Bianco 180g/m2
Arena Extra White Smooth 120g/m2
Freelife Vellum Ivory 120g/m2
Ispira Bianco Purezza 120g/m2
Materica Gesso 120g/m2
Old Mill Bianco 130g/m2
Sirio White/White 130g/m2
Splendorgel Extra White 115g/m2
Symbol Tatami White 115g/m2
Tintoretto Gesso 140g/m2
X-Per Premium White 120g/m2
Each participant was asked to contribute a piece of work interpreting a date provided to them at random. Confines were established to challenge each designer’s creativity by restricting the book to one colour print, which forced their pieces to focus strictly on concept, shape and form. Through these parameters the Calendar has shaped into a beautiful visual story whose pace varies from page to page, and spread to spread.
Each design was printed to one of ten white sheets from Fedrigoni’s expansive collection of papers. The resulting book has a mille-feuille-like layering, from the blueish hues of X-Per Premium White to the warm tones of Materica Gesso and Old Mill Bianco. Each date has a spread of its own, giving the designs space to breathe, and the book itself an imposing size. The resulting white tome is part numeral muse, part source of historic facts and part thing of beauty.