I San Micheli: A Journey Across Eleven Houses and Three Generations

Format: 105 × 190 mm
Pages: 178
Typeface: Sole Serif
Paper: Refutura Recycled,
Kaskad Salmon
Binding: Otabinding (open binding) with textile cover

Individual Project 
Mentor: Leander Eisenmann

Basel, 2021

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My uncle Lino collected and transcribed his childhood memories during the pandemic, gathering pictures and episodes of his life. These memories resonated with me, since they not only described the roots of part of my family, but also gave an intimate view of the places, language, and traditions of rural northern Italy during the dynamic years of the economic boom.

The aim of the project was to translate my uncle’s raw materials into a transmissible format while also reflecting on the concept of “book as object”. As my double role as nephew and designer, the book became an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between writer and designer, written language (my uncle’s voice) and visual language (my voice), making and translating a book.

The three main concepts of the book are space, time and memories, which have been visually and structurally reinterpreted within the book.


The concept of time is translated into the navigation system of the story and the book. The page numbers instead of numerical numbers use dates. The book starts the 29 Oct 1948, the date of birth of the author.


Concept memory has been represented by giving a privileged position in the book (as in the story). Framed in white space these foreign words shine through as preserved in an archive. These in the story are key to unlocking memories.  



The concept of space is translated by becoming both the red thread of the book and the chapter structure. To enter a new chapter, in the book, means to enter a new house and move into a new city. Moreover, the index of the book is based on the geographical position of the cities, making it a non-linear experience.