Admission :: Admission is FREE

Exhibition Dates :: February 4 thru March 4, 2017

Location :: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA

The OPEN • SET exhibition is intended to be a recognition of the beauty of the craft of design bookbinding and a commitment to the public toward a better understanding of this art form. The exhibition showcases 50 books and recognizes excellence in craftsmanship and design concept interpretation.

A bibliophile is a lover of books and everyone loves books! Bibliophiles recognize that working together as a community makes The Book more visible in the eye of the public. This competition and exhibition is an attempt to unite bibliophiles with the public and together celebrate finely crafted books. This exhibition will travel across the United States in 2017. Book enthusiasts who visit the exhibit will walk away with a better understanding and appreciation of a well made and artistically designed book.

OPEN • SET offers prizes and acknowledgement in two categories: participants chose to bind the SET book or a book of their choice in the OPEN category. Entries were limited to one book per category. Binders from all levels and cultures were invited to participate, as the competition was not limited to citizens of the United States nor to students or affiliates of the AAB. All entries were reviewed and the winners were selected by a blind jury of three professional binders: Eleanore Ramsey, David Esslemont, and Cathy Adelman.

OPEN Category Winners

First place :: Mark Esser

Second place :: Sofia Mendizabal

Third place :: Zigor Anguiano Calzada

Highly Commendable :: Jan Camps (Titling), Coleen Curry (Onlay & Inlay), Sol Rébora (Endbands), Sialia Rieke (Unusual Materials), Dominic Riley (Design), Luke Hornus (Unique Structure)

SET Category Winners

First place :: Sol Rebora

Second place :: Patricia Owen

Third place :: Benjamin Elbel

Highly Commendable :: Samuel Feinstein (Tooling), Susan Hulme (Onlay & Inlay), Adelene Koh (Use of Materials)


Exhibition Catalog

To order an OPEN • SET exhibition catalog contact Deb at


American Academy of Bookbinding

Kahle Austin Foundation