House of Meetings

House of Meetings

Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York, 2006

Description

The story is about a mid-20th-century Russian love triangle (two men, one woman) set in the Gulag. Lots of fun. The house in question is for conjugal visits in the prison, thus the bed. This was my first collaboration on a book jacket in many years with my colleague Peter Mendelsund. It was his idea to actually build a three-dimensional “room,” which Geoff Spear then shot. There was no digital manipulation—you are actually looking into a “house.”

Juror Notes

“The overall design draws us into this forbidding place; the little color Stalin portrait leads us there—very effective.”

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2006
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Alfred A. Knopf
Creative directors/designers
Chip Kidd, Peter Mendelsund
Jacket designers
Chip Kidd, Peter Mendelsund
Photographer
Geoff Spear
Production director
Claire Bradley
Picture editor
Loriel Olivier
Author
Martin Amis
Editor
Gary Fisketjon
Trim size
5.375 x 8.625 inches
Pages
242
Quantity printed
25,000
Compositor
Mimi Rozenwald
Typeface
Squidgy big
Jacket printer
Coral Graphics
Publisher/client
Alfred A. Knopf
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