Irma Boom | Collectors Agenda


Irma Boom

Helsinki, Finland

Artek is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, creating new paths at the intersection of design, architecture and art. On the occasion of its 80th anniversary Artek hosted an evening of talks in Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall.

When the architect and designer couple Alvar and Aino Aalto, the arts patron Maire Gullichsen and the art historian and critic Nils-Gustav Hahl founded Artek on 15 October 1935 in Helsinki, one of the most unusual and ambitious projects in the history of furniture was launched. The founders conceived Artek as a platform for modern art, industry, interior design and propaganda. From the very beginning, they saw Artek as a vehicle for entering into a multi-layered dialogue with the international avant-garde and intensifying cultural exchange with the world. Eighty years later, Artek Talks intends to shed light on various disciplines that shape the cultural landscape of today. Moderated by Helsinki-based architect and educator Tuomas Toivonen, individual lectures will be given by the following speakers: 

Irma Boom, Graphic designer, Netherlands 
Amie Siegel, Artist, US 
Jean-Philippe Vassal, Architect, France 
Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle, Finland

Irma Boom, Graphic Designer

Irma Boom (born 1960 in Lochem, the Netherlands) is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer who specializes in book making. After earning her BFA in graphic design from the AKI Art Academy in Enschedé, she worked for five years at the Dutch government publishing and printing office in The Hague. In 1991 she founded Irma Boom Office, which works nationally and internationally in both the cultural and commercial sectors. Clients include the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Aga Khan Foundation for Architects, the Museum of Modern Art, the Prince Claus Fund, Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum, Camper, Mallorca, Ferrari, Vitra International, the United Nations, and OMA/Rem Koolhaas. For five years Boom worked with the editing and concept/design of the 2,136-page SHV Think Book 1996–1896, commissioned by SHV Holdings in Utrecht and published in English and Chinese.

Irma Boom has received many awards for her book designs and was the youngest laureate to be awarded the prestigious Gutenberg prize for her complete oeuvre. The University of Amsterdam manages the Irma Boom Archive, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York has acquired her work for the permanent collection in the Design and Architecture Department.

Irma Boom was appointed to Yale University in 1992 and is currently senior critic in graphic design, and she also gives numerous lectures and holds workshops internationally.

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