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Each book is an individual project, containing within its pages a new story to tell—that of the people who dedicate themselves to giving concrete form to the desires of those who can only picture a book in their minds. Trifolio interprets the aspirations of the client and translates the idea into a working plan, adopting the most innovative technologies and the materials best suited to ensuring the superior quality of each volume. Trifolio has abandoned the concept of the book as an inert object and transformed it into a source of inspiration for unprecedented solutions.


Trifolio invites its clients to actively involve their own technicians in the preliminary phase of the graphic design of the volume. The collaboration of a qualified operator with the designer is a notable added value in the development of a product that will both meet the client’s expectations and be optimized for subsequent phases in production, from pre-press to binding. Trifolio’s strategy is to anticipate any problems that might arise over the course of the project and—based on its experience as well as the forward-thinking exchange of ideas between operator and designer—facilitate solutions. This approach ensures an economic use of resources and the mutual goal of the creation of a high-quality product.


From the technical viewpoint, the pre-press process is undoubtedly the most delicate stage in the production of a book. The successful creation of an exceptional product is highly dependent on the care with which the preliminary production phases are carried out. For Trifolio, the pre-press steps are the most challenging—and therefore stimulating—part of each project. Rather than simply being a step in the production process, it is a time for research, experimentation, and creativity. The pre-press process is dynamic, allowing for freedom in choice of methods, and it is continually evolving. It represents the apex of the balance between the skills of the operator and the potential of the machinery.


Imposition, the first step in printing, is a mechanical process that requires patience. Quality control commences as soon as the first test sheets emerge, with both client and printer evaluating the choices made in their collaboration. For Trifolio, every print run set in motion is a confirmation of having made a successful investment in the design phase. Each project expands Trifolio’s areas of expertise; this stock of experience, growing continually over time, becomes the basis for further experimentation and investment.


The binding closes the book so that it can be opened—in part, that is where its fascination lies. It is the unobtrusive element that characterizes a volume, making one book distinct from another. Its finishing details say a great deal about the philosophy and culture that created it. Trifolio takes full responsibility for this, regarding each binding as an essential element in the structure of a book, a prerequisite of quality that must be considered early in the design phase. Trifolio’s bindings have become the signature element of each book that is printed by the company, one whose immediate recognizability further confirms the company identity.

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