World Food Books is a book shop in Melbourne, Australia.
Founded in 2010, World Food Books is a book service dedicated to the presentation of a rotating, hand-selection of quality international art and design journals, artists’ monographs, exhibition catalogues, artists’ editions, collected writings and printed ephemera.
Presenting new titles alongside rare and out-of-print publications spanning the fields of contemporary art, modern art, cultural theory, photography, film, poetry, fiction, fashion, architecture, interior design, typography, illustration, politics and much between, World Food Books wishes to encourage active and thoughtful reading, looking, writing, publishing, and exchanging of art and design press, both contemporary and historical.
As well as our book shop, located in Melbourne's historical Nicholas Building, all of our inventory is available internationally via our online mail-order service. We also have outposts at MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art) and Westspace, both also in Melbourne.
World Food Books semi-regularly co-ordinates "Occasions", a program of exhibits and events at the bookshop and in partnership with other hosts (such as museums and art galleries) that develop out of the activities, relationships and content of the bookshop itself.
World Food Books
The Nicholas Building
Studio 19, Level 3
37 Swanston Street
FRI 12-7 PM
SAT 12-4 PM
& OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
MAIL ORDER RUNS EVERY DAY
World Food Books
PO Box 435
Theory / Essay
Architecture / Interior
Graphic Design / Typography
Fiction / Poetry
Film / Video
Sculpture / Installation
Performance / Dance / Theater
Sound / Music
Group Shows / Collections
Illustration / Graphic Art
Ceramics / Glass
Italian Radical Design / Postmodernism
"Various Works 1986 - 1999"
02 February 16 - September 10, 2016
Various works 1986 - 1999, from two houses, from the collections of John Nixon, Sue Cramer, Kerrie Poliness, Peter Haffenden and Phoebe Haffenden.
Including: Geometry of Cakes (various shelves), 1993; Poor People’s Law (black and white plate), 1993; White Absence (glasses, ruler, set square, silver spoon, silver ladel with skin photograph and wooden cubes), 1990-1996; Exploitation of the Dead (grey and red star painting, wooden painting, black spoon with red table, red plate), 1984-1990; Money and Zeros (zero tie, paintings made for friends in Australia (Sue, John, Kerrie), numbers painting), 1991-1992; Words - Slogans (various t-shirts) - “they talk about the death of art...help! someone is trying to kill me”, “my sweet little lamb”, “work is a disease - Karl Marx”; Various artist books, catalogues, monographs, videos; Poster from exhibition Insulting Anarchy; "Circular" Croatian - Australian edition; Artist book by Vlado Martek (Dostoyevsky); more.
Thanks to Mladen Stilinović and Branka Stipančić.
Curated by Nic Tammens
March 26 - April 4, 2015
B.Wurtz works from a basement studio in his home on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
This local fact is attested to by the plastic shopping bags and newsprint circulars that appear in his work. As formal objects, they don’t make loud claims about their origins but nonetheless transmit street addresses and places of business from the bottom of this long thin island. Like plenty of artists, Wurtz is affected by what is local and what is consumed. His work is underpinned by this ethic. It often speaks from a neighborhood or reads like the contents of a hamper:
“BLACK PLUMS $1.29 lb.”
“USDA Whole Pork Shoulder Picnic 99c lb.”
“RITE AID Pharmacy, with us it’s personal.”
“H. Brickman & Sons.”
“Sweet Yams 59c lb."
Most of the work in this exhibition was made while the artist was in residence at Dieu Donne, a workshop dedicated to paper craft in Midtown. Here Wurtz fabricated assemblages with paper and objects that are relatively lightweight, with the intention that they would be easily transportable to Australia. This consideration isn’t absolute in Wurtz’s work, but was prescriptive for making the current exhibition light and cheap. Packed in two boxes, these works were sent from a USPS post office on the Lower East Side and delivered to North Melbourne by Australia Post.
Wurtz appears courtesy of Metro Pictures, New York.
Thanks to Rob Halverson, Joshua Petherick, Sari de Mallory, Matt Hinkley, Helen Johnson, Fayen d'Evie, Ask Kilmartin, Lisa Radon, Ellena Savage, Yale Union, and "Elizabeth".
December 15 - January 20, 2014
The presentation of John Nixon's archive offered a rare showcase of this extensive collection of the artist's own publications, catalogues, posters, ephemera, editions and more, from the mid 1980s onwards, alongside a selection of his artworks.
Organized by John Nixon, Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley.
at Minerva, Sydney (curated by Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley)
November 15 - December 20, 2014
Lupo Borgonovo, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley,
Lewis Fidock, HR Giger, Piero Gilardi, Veit Laurent Kurz,
Cinzia Ruggeri, Michael E. Smith, Lucie Stahl, Daniel Weil, Wols
“...It contained seven objects. The slender fluted bone, surely formed for flight, surely from the wing of some large bird. Three archaic circuitboards, faced with mazes of gold. A smooth white sphere of baked clay. An age-blackened fragment of lace. A fingerlength segment of what she assumed was bone from a human wrist, grayish white, inset smoothly with the silicon shaft of a small instrument that must once have ridden flush with the surface of the skin - but the thing’s face was seared and blackened.”
William Gibson, “Count Zero”, 1986
"Autumn Projects Archive"
Curated by Liza Vasiliou
March 6 - March 15, 2014
World Food Books, in conjunction with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2014, presented the Autumn Projects archive, consisting of a selection of early examples in Australian fashion with a particular interest in collecting designers and labels from the period beginning in the 1980’s, who significantly influenced the discourse of Australian Fashion.
Curated by Liza Vasiliou, the exhibition provided a unique opportunity to view pieces by designers Anthea Crawford, Barbara Vandenberg, Geoff Liddell and labels CR Australia, Covers, Jag along with early experimental collage pieces by Prue Acton and Sally Browne’s ‘Fragments’ collection, suspended throughout the functioning World Food Books shop in Melbourne.
presented by CENTRE FOR STYLE
November 14, 2013
"Hey Blinky, you say chic, I say same"
H.B. Peace is a clothing collaboration between great friends Blake Barns and Hugh Egan Westland. Their pieces explore the divergences between 'character’ and ‘personality’ in garments....etc
Special Thanks to Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley of WFB and Gillian Mears
and a Very Special Thank you to Audrey Thomas Hayes for her shoe collaboration.
Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley
May 10 - June 8, 2013
The first of our occasional exhibitions in the World Food Books office/shop space in Melbourne, "Aesthetic Suicide" presented a body of new and older works together by artists Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, including videos, prints, a wall work, and publications.
During shop open hours videos played every hour, on the hour.
Hardcover (w. dust-jacket and illustrated box), 168 pages, 23.5 x 29 cm
1st Japanese edition, Out of print title / used*,
$70.00 - In stock -
First Japanese box edition of Barbara Plumb’s classic “Houses Architects Live In” from 1977, a Studio Book published by New York’s Viking Press, printed and bound in Japan.
Profiles the homes of Paolo Leoni, Von Sengen, Gerolamo Gola, Carlo Santi, Giancarlo Bicocchi, Winthrop Faulkner, Antoine Predock, Allan and Barbara Anderson, Wendall Lovett, Arthur Erickson, Luis Barragan, Colin St. John Wilson and M.J. Long, Warren Cox, Georgie Wolton, Michel Sadirac, William J. Conklin, Alberto Seassaro, Nanda Vigo, Claudio Dini, Harry and Penelope Seidler, George D. Hopkins Jr., Tim Prentice, Charles W. Moore, Luigi Capriolo and Jacek Popek, Hanford Yang, Barton Choy, Romano Juvera, Gae Aulenti, Robert Sobel, William Morgan, Hugh Newell Jacobson, Ulrich Franzen, Ziona Lesham, Anne and Tony Woolner, Christopher H.L. Owen, Norman Jaffe, Peter Chermayeff, James Lambeth, Vittorio Gregotti, Franco Tartaglino Mazzucchelli.
Texts in Japanese.
“The author reviews the concerns that determine architects’ choices in designing their own environments, and notes how they individually deal with such matters as situation, space, scale, balance, color, light, and all the factors involved in creating a home that meets their needs and interests. The book is rich in suggestions and solutions for beautifying and improving one’s own surroundings.”
Barbara Plumb was editor of the “Living” section of Vogue magazine in the 1970s and Senior editor of Pantheon Books.
1968, English / Italian / French / German
Hardcover (cloth), 206 pages, 31.7 × 21.7 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / good
Published by Carlo Bestetti / Italy
$100.00 - In stock -
Stunning, scarce hardcover book designed by Bruno Munari and published in 1968. First, only edition.
DESIGN ITALIANO : MOBILI, FURNITURE, MEUBLES, MOBEL handsomely compiles the work of modern Italian furniture designers of the 1960's, including Mario Bellini, Angelo Mangiarotti, Archizoom, Ettore Sottsass, Joe Colombo, Gae Aulenti, Tobia Scarpa, Bruno Munari, Kazuhide Takahama, Gio Ponti, and many more, all laid out with Munari's impeccable approach to composition and texture, echoing the object designs themselves.
All text in four languages: English, Italian, French, German.
Bruno Munari (1907-1997) was a leading Italian graphic designer, illustrator, painter, sculptor, photographer, exhibition designer, and industrial designer.
*Condition - Average-Good (cover and spine worn with some chipping and tanning, with ex-library stamping and cards to endpapers, otherwise internally a very good copy throughout)
Hardcover (limited ed. Laminate cover), 260 pages, 24 x 33.5 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Werkbund / Bremen
$350.00 - Out of stock
Beautiful over-sized book published on the occasion of a special exhibition in Lower Saxony and Bremen in 1982 entitled "Provokationen. Design Aus Italien : Ein Mythos Geht Neue Wege".
Published more broadly as a softcover book in 1982, here is one of the very limited edition hardcover versions, produced in collaboration between the designers Andrea Branzi, Paola Navone, Mario Radice, Ettore Sottsass Jr. and Superstudio with Firma Abet Laminati in Turin, especially for the exhibition. Each of the limited hardcover copies is sandwiched between two pieces of actual laminate panels designed by the designers and produced by Abet Laminati.
This particular copy features the work of Superstudio (front cover laminate) and Paola Navone (back cover laminate).
A very collectable copy of an incredible, scarce, heavy Italian design book!
Handsomely designed and profusely illustrated throughout with large black and white examples of the work of Enzo Mari, Sergio Asti, Gae Aulenti, Andrea Branzi, Superstudio, Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni, Marco Zanuso, Roberto Arioli, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Emma Schweinberger Gismondi, Angelo Mangiarotti, Mario Bellini, Gio Ponti, Martine Bendin, Daniela Puppa, Antonia Astori de Ponti, Franco Mirenzi, Joe Colombo, Ennio Lucini, Elio Martinelli, Sottsass Associates, Alessandro Mendini, Franco Raggi, Studio Alchimia, Gaetano Pesce, Franco Mello, Guido Drocco, Studio 65, UFO, Jonathan De Pas, Donato D'Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Aldo Rossi, Vico Magistretti, Achille Castiglioni, Sergio De Michiel, Paolo Nava, Mario Dell'Orto, Antonio Citterio, Anrea Bellosi, Richard Sapper, Bruno Munari, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Giulietto Cacciari, Man Ray, Gigi Sabadin, Antonia Astori de Ponte, Mario Ceroli, Lucchino Oltrona Visconti, Michele De Lucchi, Michael Graves, Paolo Portoghesi, Stanley Tigerman, Oscar Tusquets, Robert Venturi, Kuzumasa Yamashita, and more.
And also the work of Gerrit Rietveld, Giuseppe Terragni, Alvar Aalto, Eileen Gray, Sonja Delaunay, Marcel Breuer, Karl Josef Jucker, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Josef Hoffman in their original, influential forms, and their re-inventions by Alessandro Mendini and co.
$120.00 - Out of stock
First edition, published in 1980 by Edizioni Condé Nast / Casa Vogue (Milan), of this little known furniture book, edited by Casa Vogue editor Isa Vercelloni, who brought us the 1985 classic “Styles of Living: The Best of Casa Vogue”.
This fantastic hardcover book, the first in Casa Vogue's book library, is dedicated entirely to showcasing furniture by (amongst many other deisgners) Aldo Rossi, Gaetano Pesce, Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Toshiyuki Kita, Achille Castiglioni, Alchimia, Paolo Nava, Antonio Citterio, Enzo Mari, Alessandro Mendini, B&B Italia, Cassina, Flos, Poltronova, Vico Magistretti, Artemide, Stilnovo, Mario Bellini, Josef Hoffman, Studio Driade, Poltronova, Carlo Scarpa, Gae Aulenti, Angelo Mangiarotti, Eileen Grey, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Gerrit T. Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, , Pierre Jeanneret, C&B Italia, Mario Ceroli, Cini Boeri, Arflex, Zanotta, Superstudio, Archizoom, Knoll, Meret Oppenheim, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Jonathan de Pas, De. Pas + D'urbino + Lomazzi, Donato d'Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Gufram, Giani Ruffi, Piero Gilardi, Joe Columbo, Sergio Asti, Hans Hollein...
Scarce, wonderfully compiled Italian title of 1970's-1980's furniture design and its influences.
1984, English / German
Softcover, 160 pages, 19 x 27 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Galerie Wolkfgang Ketterer / Munich
$70.00 - Out of stock
Fantastic and very informative, fully-illustrated auction catalogue from Galerie Wolkfgang Ketterer, 1984, for a major auction of "Italian Design Pieces from the Period 1951-1973". Design editions, one-off prototypes, lamps, furniture by Archizoom, Gae Aulenti, Sergio Asti, Osvaldo Borsani, Giorgio Ceretti, Studio 65, Joe Colombo, Guido Drocco, Piero Gilardi, Paolo Lomazzi, Raymond Hains, Ugo La Pietra, Enzo Mari, Mario Mare, Luigi Massoni, Sergio Mazza, Ettore Sottsass, Franco Mello, Gaetano Pesce, Gio Ponti, Giuseppe Raimondi, G. Reggiani, Rudy Righi, Superstudio, Vinicio Vianello, Marco Zanuso, and many more for Arflex, Gufram, Artemide, Fontana Arte, Artluce, B.B.B., C&B, Flos, Habitat, Galleria Il Sestante, Kartell, Poltronova, Tecno, Totem, and many more. Well-known and long lost, very obscure works in this valuable catalogue, all items photographed (in black and white and colour), with production details and a blurb on each piece in both English and German.
Hardcover (w. dustjacket), 288 pages, 25 x 32
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Réalités - Hachette / Paris
$500.00 - In stock -
First printing of one of the heaviest hitters of Interior Design books, the enormous, lavishly illustrated "Decoration : Tradition et Renouveau" (Collection Connaissance des Arts) published in 1973 is without a doubt one of the most collectable of 1970's design books.
This huge, prestigious, cloth-bound volume travels through some of the world's most incredible domestic interiors of the period, including those of major architects, interior designers, fashion designers, art and antiquities collectors, and more, showcasing objets d'art, historical artifacts and furniture (from Pablo Picasso, Mies van der Rohe, Lucio Fontana, Nicola L, Cesar, Jean Dubuffet, Arman, Gae Aulenti, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Enzo Mari, Pierre Paulin, Afra + Tobia Scarpa, Charles Eames, Joe Columbo, Verner Panton, Bruno Munari Afra Scarpa, Mario Bellini, Tom Wesselman, Sonia Delaunay, Man Ray) adorning decorated interiors ranging from "Tradition" ("a formula that allows one to integrate older items, furniture and artwork in a contemporary context"); "le Renouveau" (contemporary interiors of the 1970's and "a section dedicated to design of the time offering a selection of the finest furniture, objects and accessories created by top designers"); and "l'Avant-garde" (displaying some of the most experimental, idiosyncratic, and forward-thinking interiors that bring together modern materiality, pop art and space design to create inspired interior living architectural spaces).
"How to reconcile antique furniture and contemporary structures? Can we adapt modern furniture within a traditionally inspired framework? This book, illustrated with beautiful photographs, mostly in color, reproducing the finest achievements of the great contemporary designers, responds to these questions."
All texts in French.
A must-have for the interior design lover.
Hardcover (w. dustjacket), 224 pages, 30 x 22.6 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Rizzoli / New York
$120.00 - Out of stock
First edition, published by Rizzoli in 1985, of this classic interior design book, "Styles of Living: The Best of Casa Vogue"
Making appearances in these rooms: Gae Aulenti, Man Ray, Enzo Mari, Carlo Scarpa, Pablo Picasso, Josef Hoffman, Cinzia Ruggeri, Max Ernst, Wols, Matteo Thun, Ettore Sottsass, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dali, René Magritte, Lucio Fontana, Eileen Grey, Daniel Buren, Gaetano Pesce, Charles Eames, Verner Panton, Massimo Vignelli, Andy Warhol, Frank Lloyd Wright, Antoni Tàpies, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Alver Aalto.....
"Ever since the end of the Second World War, Italian style, design and decoration have maintained an unprecedented predominance in the Western World. It was in the early 1950s that a great surge of decorative talent welled up in Italy, and this resulted in the 'Italian look' in clothes and in homes - a new standard of chic inventiveness.
The Italian view of interior design has been most enterprisingly expressed in the magazine Casa Vogue, which was founded in 1968 and has consistently been one of the most admired publications of Condé Nast International.
This book, garnered from the many issues of Casa Vogue, has been written and produced under the guidance of Isa Vercellonim who has been its editor ever since its inception. The choice of picture-stories is intended to reflect the unusual and distinctive diversity of the magazine - ranging from traditional decoration to the more advance examples of minimal design, most the most significant of contemporary buildings to the spectacular reconstructions and reconversions of old palazzi and coachhouses, from the 'post modern' to the 'anti-modern' and any other 'moderns' that may have been advocated recently. Italian trends naturally provide the main focus, but Casa Vogue also includes developments in the United States, France, Switzerland - indeed, wherever unusual and meaningful designs are being created."
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 240 pages, 22 x 29 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Rizzoli / New York
$65.00 - Out of stock
Gae Aulenti is one of the world's most prominent architects, and her prodigious output encompasses museum and theater design, industrial and exhibition design, furniture, graphics, urban planning, and architecture. This now out-of-print 1997 heavy monograph illustrates Aulenti's complete oeuvre and includes the world-famous Musée d'Orsay, stage designs for theater and opera, a villa in St. Tropez, exhibition designs for the 2001 Milan Triennale, her beautiful lamp works, furniture, glass vessels, and the remodeling of the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, among many other highly visible designs captured through gorgeous photography and Aulenti's own drawings.