Room&Book Art Book Fair To Open At ICA London

Room&Book Art Book Fair

The directors of Room&Book are to present the second edition of Room&Book Art Book Fair. Bringing together some of the most exceptional dealers from the UK, USA, Europe and Japan, Room&Book is unique, offering visitors the chance to meet legendary specialists under one roof, and the opportunity to buy important out-of-print and new publications on art, photography, fashion, counterculture and design. The leading fair for what the directors call the ‘new-rare’.

Room&Book is the only art book fair in the UK to focus exclusively on the role of the book dealer by bringing together a carefully selected group of individual dealers and bookstores from around the world. Each dealer presents iconic publications from the past 40 years for sale at the fair, demonstrating singular visions in their fields of expertise.

The Nash & Brandon Rooms at the ICA overlook The Mall and are Grade 1 Listed John Nash interiors. The Room&Book display system includes tower shelves designed by Charlotte Skene Catling of Skene Catling de la Peña and additional furnishings chosen by the Room&Book directors from Molteni&C Dada in an effort to create a new environment for the pleasure of buying books at a fair and to move away from the conventional model of ‘books on tables’. The inaugural Room&Book in 2014 attracted almost a thousand people a day for its 3 day run.

“Art books are as important as art works. Room&Book celebrates the special position of books, magazines and ephemera as the building blocks and memory banks of our shared culture. Last year’s inaugural fair was a huge success and I am excited to build upon it this year – particularly with the inclusion of international dealers who will bring in items rarely seen in the UK.” Lucy Moore, Director Claire de Rouen Books

2015 Participants are: 20th Century Archives (UK), Anthony Reynolds (UK), Arthur Fournier Fine & Rare (US), Choisi (CH), Claire de Rouen Books (UK), Division Leap (US), Donlon Books (UK), Elegantly Papered (UK), Luminous Books & Owl Cave (UK/US), Maggs Counterculture (UK), November Books (UK), Oliver Wood (UK), Printed Matter Inc (US), SO Books (JP), Studio Montespecchio di Jan Van Der Donk (IT), Test Centre (UK), Walther Koenig Books Ltd (UK/GER)

Room&Book Art Book Fair – Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) – Nash & Brandon Rooms

Friday 22 May – Sunday 24 May 2015, 11am – 6pm, Collector’s Preview Thursday 21 May, 5pm – 9pm