Mainstudio is a design practice based in Amsterdam founded by Edwin van Gelder. Within a strong dialogue with commissioners, the studio creates projects deriving from the intersection of art and architecture – as visual identities, publications, and digital media. Each project is characterized by a content driven editorial approach, leading with typography to create a synthesis of form and content. The studio often embeds inventive printing techniques within traditional media and explores innovative interaction design within its digital media output. The work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, publications and has won countless awards including: Best Dutch Book Design, AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers, BRNO Biennial, Tokyo TDC Annual Awards, and Art Directors Club New York.


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At the moment we are working on the exhibition “The Golden Coach” for the Amsterdam Museum, a book on the work of Mexican based artist Jorge Mendez Blake, a monograph for Wiel Arets Architects, a poster campaign for the new show at the Electriciteitsfabriek curated by Gabriel Lester, a book about communal spaces by Tatiana Bilbao Architects, an art route publication for Museum het Schip and a book about space architecture by Lena Wimmer.

internships

Accepting internship applications for winter 2021/22 please send a PDF of your work to work@mainstudio.com

contact

Prins Hendrikkade 189B
1011TD Amsterdam the Netherlands
info@mainstudio.com
+31 641 28 1996

clients

Actar
Ammodo Foundation
Arcam
Wiel Arets Architects
Paul Bellaart
Francisco van Benthum
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio
Maurice Bogaert
Bolles + Wilson
BNA
C3 Publishers
Canaux de la Mode
Daniëlle van Ark
Dark Editions
David E Peterson
Distanz Verlag
De Electriciteitsfabriek
Frame Publishers
Fontaine Publishers
Olaf Gipser Architects
Anne de Grijff
HOH Architects
Höweler + Yoon Architecture
IIT Architecture Chicago
Institute of Advanced Studies
Jap Sam Books
Remy Jungerman
Lena Wimmer Architects
Lotte Geeven
Mark Magazine
Tirzo Martha
Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize
Mokumono Cycles
MoMA
Mondriaan Fund
Museum Perron Oost
Museum het Schip
Nai/010 Publisers
NDSM Foundation
Nederlands Dans Theater
Niggli Verlag
Onomatopee
Wouter Osterholt
Roosmarijn Pallandt
Paritzki Liani Architects
Posterboy Magazine
Productora
Thomas Raat
De School
Serie Architects
Strange Sounds From Beyond
SoHaSo
Tropenmuseum

awards

2021
Tokyo TDC Annual Awards 2021
Best Dutch Book designs 2020

2020
AIGA, 50 Books / 50 Covers Award
Best Dutch Book designs 2019
Best Dutch Book designs 2019
DAM Architectural Book Award
Type Directors Club NY

2019
AIGA, 50 Books / 50 Covers Award
Best Dutch Book designs 2018
German Design Award 2019

2018
Best Dutch Book designs 2017

2017
Art Directors Club NL
Art Directors Club NL
Best Dutch Book designs 2016

2015
Type Directors Club Tokyo, Japan

2014
D&AD Book Design Award

2013
Die Schönsten Bücher Aus Aller Welt 2012
Best Dutch Book Designs 2012
Graphis 100 Best Annual Reports of 2012

2012
Communication Arts &Typography
I.D. Annual design NY book design

2011
Best Dutch Book designs 2010
Art Directors Club NY
Best Dutch Annual Report design 2010

2010
Art Directors Club New York, Gold Cube

studio

team
Edwin van Gelder
Christian Knöpfel
Florian Schimanski

former collaborators
Emily Anderson
Gabriela Baka
Nuno Beijinho
Beau Bertens
Suzanne Dreu
Daniel Flodin
Florent Gomez
Doğa Gönüllü
Vivianne Jöller
Dominiek Kampman
Markus Lange
Jakob Lienhard
Kai-Ting Lin
Philipp Möckli
Fabienne Müller
Michael Müller
Rebecca Metzger
Carlijn Moerenhout
Luca Pellegrini
Patrick Sanders
Daniel Schenk
Immo Schneider
Daniel Seemayer
Sinja Steinhauser
Mayke Vandenweyer
Suze Wempe