The name of the imprint is inspired by Nedre Manilla, the home of the Bonnier family in Stockholm. As part of the launch the company has unveiled a new logo designed by art director Nick Stearn and a bespoke pattern commissioned by Bonnier Books UK and designed by Swedish visual artist and illustrator Klara Bartilsson.
‘Inspired by the rich literary heritage of the Bonnier group, Manilla Press will publish polemical writing, memoirs, popular science, social history and novels from voices around the world that tell “stories of our times”.
Margaret Stead, Publisher
Manilla Press will be led by Margaret Stead. Stead joined Bonnier Books UK in August 2018 and also oversees the Zaffre imprint. In a 20-year career, she has also worked at Harvill Press, Atlantic Books and Penguin Press.
Margaret Stead, Publisher for Manilla Press and Zaffre, Bonnier Books UK, said: ‘Inspired by the rich literary heritage of the Bonnier group, Manilla Press will publish just eight books a year, spanning polemical writing, memoirs, popular science, social history and novels from voices around the world that tell “stories of our times”. Ultimately, we want to publish books that create conversations on wider issues.’
Nick Stearn, Art Director, Bonnier Books UK said: ‘The logo is based on a 19th century Gustavian Mora clock at Nedre Manilla. It stood out to us when we visited the house and we thought it would be a perfect motif for Manilla, conjuring up both a sense of the company’s heritage and the concept of time.’
‘It was a pure delight to explore the beautiful Nedre Manilla mansion … my artwork is a homage to both literature and art.’
Klara Bartillson, visual artist and illustrator
Klara Bartillson, visual artist and illustrator, said: ‘It was a pure delight to explore the beautiful Nedre Manilla mansion. I wanted to put my eye on every detail and at the same time imbibe the soul of the place. Because of the house’s rich history, the pattern had to be seamless not only in design, but also in the presentation of a timeline. Taking inspiration from Swedish pattern traditions, I attempted to interlace all the various expressions into a whole. In that way my artwork is a homage to both literature and art.’
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