Bookmaking: Irma Boom

An antique faded book.

The 1786 edition of Oeuvres du marquis de Villette is the first modern book composed entirely of plant-based papers. The volume features pages made from thistle leaves, nettles, and dandelion roots among plants, and represents a small sample of the many innovative but commercially unsuccessful experiments conducted by French papermaker Pierre-Alexandre Léorier Delisle in his lifetime (1744-1826). Charles-Michelle Villette, Oeuvres du marquis de Villette (1786). 13 cm x 6 cm. Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

When: September/27,/2023


06:30PM – 08:00PM

Event Description

*PLEASE NOTE: Rem Koolhaas is no longer be able to participate in this program. Ms. Boom will deliver the lecture solo.

The exhibition The Book in the Age of … presents the outcomes of an intensive research seminar on the history and future of the book co-taught by Irma Boom, Phillip Denny, and Rem Koolhaas at the GSD in the spring of 2023. Over the course of the semester, the seminar assembled a collective history of the book and developed a dozen original conjectures for its future evolution. Drawing on the experiments in the classroom, and in celebration of the exhibition, Boom and Koolhaas will come together to deliver a lecture on the book in the age of globalization. 

Please note that GSD students wishing to attend this program must enter the ticket lottery, which will be announced via email in early September. There will be limited seating for GSD faculty, staff, and the general public.

More information to be announced.

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].