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Singles, Couples and Queens

Award: Wood Pencil

Wood Pencil / Graphic Design / Brochures & Catalogues / 2006

‘Singles, Couples and Queens’ is an exhibition publication that accompanied Toby Richardson's photographic exhibition of old mattresses discarded to the scrapheap. Inspired by his passionate interest in documenting remnants of everyday life, the photographer rescued the mattresses from councils' hard-waste pick-ups. Along the way he collected the stories behind the mattresses from those who once called them necessary, but now declare them waste. All of the mattresses photographed for the exhibition appear uniformly in the book as vertical representations cropped in height, but not in width. This encourages the viewer to appreciate the intricate qualities of each mattress rather than simply seeing it as an object. The book presents the mattresses in one continuous line while the white space between every mattress varies, this means every spread is different, with some images running from one spread into the next. This rhythm creates a sense of anticipation and encourages the book to be viewed in sequence.

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