about the foundation

For more than 50 years, Stiftung Buchkunst has been promoting the exemplary design of commercial books and providing them with a highly regarded forum through three important competitions - »The Best German Book Design«, »Sponsorship Prize for Young Book Design« and »Best Book Design from all over the World«. The results of these design competitions set points of reference and track new developments. They serve as impulses for outstanding design and exemplary workmanship.

Stiftung Buchkunst critically monitors German book production. At the center of that is the book as an object of everyday use. »The Best German Book Designs« - exemplary in design, conception and workmanship - are awarded every year by an independent jury.

The »Sponsorship Prize for Young Book Design« is awarded to encourage innovative book design and new ideas about the printed book. The large number of young prize winners underlines the competition's openness to innovation, without losing touch with the long book tradition.

The competition »Best Book Design from all over the World« offers the opportunity to observe and record international developments and national differences in book design. Of the entries from over 30 countries, a total of 14 works will be honored by the international jury. The focus here is on international exchange and mutual stimulation.

The collection of the »The Best German Book Design«, of the »Best Book Design from all over the World« and the three winning titles of the sponsorship award as well as the short and long lists will be exhibited at the book fairs in Frankfurt and Leipzig. The award-winning books can also be seen in bookstores, libraries and universities, as well as at trade fairs and design events in Germany and abroad. The collection of one year can be borrowed for exhibition purposes. If you are interested in borrowing one of the collections, feel free to contact us


Stiftung Buchkunst is a recognized foundation under civil law, funded by Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, German National Libary, the City of Frankfurt am Main and the City of Leizpig


The foundation is supported by  BKM Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, the state of Hessen, friends of the foudation (chairman: Ronald Schild),  Frankfurter Buchmesse, MVB GmbH und Leipziger Buchmesse..

Stiftung Buchkunst is a member of Arbeitskreis selbständiger Kulturinstitute e.V. (AsKi).

managing director

Katharina Hesse
Frankfurt am Main

board of directors

Dr. Joachim Unseld
Frankfurt am Main (Chair)
Frank Scholze
Frankfurt am Main
Prof. Dr. Wulf D. v. Lucius
Michael Fernau
Dr. Bernd Heidenreich
Frankfurt am Main
Dr. Skadi Jennicke
Eberhard Patzig

support us

If you want to support these goals, you can become a friend of the foundation and effectively contribute to the work both ideally and financially. Der Freundeskreis der Stiftung Buchkunst e.V. is a recognized non-profit organization.

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further support

Regardless of (or in addition to) membership, you can support the activities of the foundation by making a donation.

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contact us

Stiftung Buchkunst
Im Haus des Buches
Braubachstraße 16
D-60311 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 (0)69 1306-840
Fax: +49 (0)69 1306-17840