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GMUND AWARD 2021


The Jury Has Decided

Gmund. The Gmund Award was presented for the eighth time on December 2, 2021. The jury of external and internal experts from the industry chose winners in the seven traditional categories. Alongside these commendations, this year there was also a special award, “Green Innovation,” for a particularly sustainable project as well as an honorary award initiated by Mr. Kohler. From a field of more than 300 entries, three submissions in each category made it to the finals, from which the nine winners were ultimately selected.

Winner in the “Mailing” Category:

Seraph Design for
New World Symphony // Gala Invitation

The Miami-based agency Seraph Design created the invitation to the New World Symphony’s 32nd anniversary gala, which focused on the theme of “A World of Difference.” The invitation showcases the ensemble’s global influence on the world of classical music.

Packaged in a complex hand-folded world map, this creation with Lakepaper Blocker and Gmund Matt 86 and 89 papers is convincing in every respect.

The techniques used are four-color lithography, hot foil and die-cutting.

Winner in the “Art” Category:

Shueisha Inc. for
Shueisha Manga Art Heritage // Art Prints

The combination of Gmund Cotton paper, letterpress printing and the new blockchain technology resulted in the creation of a different kind of art. Among its many other business fields, the Shueisha Publishing House in Tokyo also specializes in Japanese manga comics.

With its extraordinary art prints, the publisher aims to establish manga as a recognized art form. Letterpress printed on a vintage Heidelberger from 1960, these art prints are a tactile sensation and well deserve to receive the first prize in this category.

Winner in the “Business” Category :

Dauphin Human Design Group // Packaging and Brochures

The Dauphin Group is a global provider of seating solutions and systems for interior design and office furniture. Quality, durability and reliability play very important roles in the corporate group. These aspects were handsomely realized in the submitted boxes and brochures.

The collections of Gmund paper used here included Gmund Colors Matt 63, 01 and 99, Gmund Bauhaus Dessau and other papers. Hot-foil stamping, 2/0 Pantone printing and 4/4 Euroscala printing, including relief varnish, resulted in extremely self-consistent, high-quality corporate ambassadors that perfectly reflect the philosophy of the Dauphin Group.

Winner in the “Packaging” Category :

FYFF AG for the Retterspitz “Juniper” Fragrance Series // Packaging and Labels

For its client Retterspitz, the FYFF AG agency developed a completely sustainable packaging series for the “Juniper” series of fragrances. A special 350 grammage of Gmund Bio Cycle for the packaging impressed the jurors with its individualistic surface texture and contour die-cutting.

A specially produced adhesive paper based on Gmund Bio Cycle was used for the labels, which have a unique surface texture. The environmentally friendly packaging made of recycled paper scores points with simple, very minimalistic design and harmoniously coherent CI across all tools.

Winner in the “Private” Category:

Bölling GmbH & Co KG // Wedding Cards

Bölling GmbH & Co KG is a finishing company that combines traditional techniques with state-of-the-art processes. Bölling’s “We Said ‘I Do’” wedding card impressed the jurors with its play of light and shadow, which results from uncommonly deep blind embossing.

No printer’s ink was used: this card captivates its viewers with “pure paper.” Sending high-quality cards in today’s era of digital communication is an expression of refinement and sophistication.

A laminated variety of Gmund Hemp 100% 640g/m² paper was used. The banderoles are made of Gmund Cotton. Each card is enclosed in a matching envelope from the Gmund Colors system.

Winner in the “Corporate” Category:

Wiesendanger Medien GmbH for the VDMB // Annual Magazine

The 2020 edition of the VDMB’s annual magazine utilizes all of the potentials available for a printed product: a wide variety of high-quality papers, several different printing techniques, numerous finishes (including very demanding and rarely used methods) and a technically challenging binding.

All of the implemented techniques always have a cogent conceptual background and a clear reference to the sophisticated, highly relevant content. LED UV offset printing (including opaque white), hot-foil stamping, mirror-foil lamination, a popup object and lay-flat binding with folding tape were used.

The magazine was printed on various Gmund Colors papers, including Gmund Colors Transparent.


Winner in the “Book” Category:

Druckerei Vogl GmbH & Co. KG //
Tea Trip Photo Book

The delightful feel of the paper harmonizes perfectly with the sensational images of nature and people. The image reproduction in LE-UV offset printing succeeds perfectly on Lakepaper Blocker paper. Each picture makes its viewers feel almost as though they were physically present in the scene.

Thanks to the matte surface of the paper, there are no reflections or glossy effects. The free spine enables the book to open flatter, while black hot foil on linen for the cover and spine create an invitingly high-quality impression.

Winner of the Special Award for
“Green Innovation”:

Goldbuch Georg Brückner GmbH // Papeterie

Goldbuch’s hemp papeterie products combine particularly sustainable Gmund Hemp 100% paper with sustainable processing to create long-lasting design objects. This traditional family business uses printer’s inks based on renewable raw materials. Goldbuch also relies on 100% green electricity in the further processing and prioritizes short distances rather than CO2-intensive imports from the Far East.

The notebooks, file folders and photo albums were offset printed and manually finished with blind embossing on a Baier embossing press. These products invite their users to preserve experiences in the form of photos, documents or notes in particularly long-lasting “analogue archives” that provide ample space for each user’s creativity and individuality.


Winner of the Special Award for
“Paper Meets Music”:

DruckTeam GmbH // One Picture from 48 Pictures

For the popup art exhibition “Flowers for Elise” in Beethoven Year 2020, the idea was conceived to present familiar portraits of Beethoven in a new form via digitally produced images created by the artist Tobias Schreiber. The Gmund Colors Matt collection offered the perfect solution to transform Beethoven’s quote “Only harmony can awaken passion” into physical reality.

Forty-eight individual images combine to create one complete image printed via digital printing. All of the hues of Gmund Colors are used perfectly here to merge music with paper.

The Finalists


Gmund Award 2021 - the 14 great finalist projects from over 300 submissions can be found here.