The Blooming of Peony

— Les Suen

Non-members' Prize


The Blooming of Peony(Book design)
Books are but one type of tool for laying down narratives. They exist as comprehensive compositions or structures of fixed matter. Not only are they paddle boards for the text, they are real in and of themselves, and possess their own predicates and grammar. There is significance in the fact that they are physical matter. This book, “The Blooming of Peony” was based on a somewhat different grammar and is an experiment into the structure of books and the possibilities of the act of reading.

Les Suen
Born in Shanghai, China, in 1975. Les Suen migrated to Hong Kong in 1984. After graduating from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he moved to Japan in 1997, and completed a master’s degree at Musashino Art University in 2003. He founded a design group BLANK INSTITUTE in China and Berlin in 2005, and since then he has proposed a new mechanism for book designing. In the same year, he discontinued his doctoral course at Musashino Art University. He is currently lecturer at Shantou University Cheung Kong School of Art and Design.