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.
Softcover, 672 pages, 20 x 27.5 cm
Edition of 1000
Published by Many of Them
$50.00 - In stock -
A LIMITED EDITION OF 1000 COPIES
Expanded new issue!
Many of Them Vol. V [ The Future of Fiction ]
Fashion : Cosmic Wonder, Balenciaga, Loewe, Dries Van Noten, Chanel, Comme Des Garçons, Sacai, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, Paco, Rabanne, Off-White, Dior Homme, Olivier Theyskens, Jacquemus, Lutz Huelle, Vejas, Simone Rocha, Louis Vuitton, Courrèges, Undercover, Celine, Miu Miu, Hermès, Bernhard Willhelm, Sies Marjan, Prada, Raf Simons, John Alexander, Skelton, Olympia Le-Tan, Wendy & Jim, Koché, JW Anderson, Ligia Dias, Lemaire, Cherevichkiotvichki, Eatable Of Many Orders, Daniela Gregis, Hood By Air, Molly Goddard, Bless.
Cinema : Oliver Laxe, Paz Encina, Paul Verhoeven, Amat Escalante, Andres Di Tella, Milagros Mumenthaler, Joao Pedro Rodriges Pablo Larrain Terence Davies, Walter Salles, Jonas Trueba, Bertrand Tavernier.
Many of Them is a limited edition publication. Its aim is to offer a space for discussion in which creators can share their perspective about their own field, their languages and the problems they face in their everyday practices. It originally started as a diary in 2008 and it keeps evolving into different formats.
Softcover (over-sized), 145 pages, 25 x 37 cm
Published by Encens / Paris
$58.00 - In stock -
Published twice a year since 2002, ENCENS is focused on fashion as artform from the perspective of designers rather than trends. The magazine investigate new forms of dressing from past to present with probing interviews, extensive use of photography
and vintage, and dynamic layout.
encens 36 “A New Order" (2017) features Cécile Bortoletti, Truman Capote, Walter Albini, Michèle Rosier, Arata Isozaki, Ad Reinhardt, Harry Peccinotti, David Bailey, Comme des Garçons, Tony Viramontes, Nehera, Giorgio Armani, Issey Miyake, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Sonia Rykiel, Azzadine Alaia, Yohji Yamamoto, Chanel, Celine, Lemaire, Hermes, Robert Morris, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Yves Saint Laurent, and many more.
1997, English / Japanese
Hardcover (plastic boards w. printed plastic slipcase), 52 pages (leporello-fold), 22 x 30.5 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art / Tokyo
$280.00 - Out of stock
The beautiful and very scarce "Arizona" publication, produced to accompany a collaborative exhibition between sculptor Isamu Noguchi and fashion designer Issey Miyake at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, in 1997. This elaborate leporello-fold (accordian) publication is lavishly illustrated with the works of both artists, putting Noguchi's sculptures in direct conversation with Miyake's textiles across it's photographic pages. Accompanying texts from architects, fellow artists and critics addressing their work make up the reverse side of the publication, all in English and Japanese, with biographies. Bound between plastic boards and housed in the original printed plastic slipcase, this unique edition is the perfect celebration of the incredible friendship between Isamu Noguchi and Issey Miyake, whose works fused the ideas and cultures of East and West and continue to inspire generations.
Fine first edition of this rare book.
2002, English / Japanese
Hardcover (w. hard illustrated box), 360 pages, 15.5 x 21.5 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / As New,
Published by The Shikoku Shimbun / Kagawa
$100.00 - In stock -
Beautiful first edition, in rare illustrated hard slipcase, of this handsome hardcover volume of essays on Isamu Noguchi. This series of essays, personal reflections and accounts by 54 friends and colleagues of Noguchi's, including Yoshi Taniguchi (architect), Issey Miyake (fashion designer), Arata Isozaki (architect), Tadao Ando (architect), Ikko Tanaka (graphic designer), Thomas Messer (director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation), Kenzo Tange (architect), and many others, was published to commemorate the opening of the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in Japan. First half of the book sees all essays in English, followed by a pictorial section of colour photographs of Noguchi at work, his sculptures and the Noguchi Garden, taken by famed Japanese photographers Shigeo Anzai, Yukio Futagawa, Kishin Shinoyama and others. The book closes with all essays repeated in Japanese. Also includes a map of Isamu Noguchi works across Japan, a biography, chronology, and blurbs on all contributing essayists, all in English and also Japanese.
A precise and very personal publication, and in this scarce hard-case edition, art directed by friend and celebrated Japanese graphic designer Ikko Tanaka, as one of his last ever design projects.
A must for any enthusiast of Noguchi's work.
Isamu Noguchi (November 17, 1904 – December 30, 1988) prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. One of the greatest 20th-century sculptors, Noguchi is known for his sculpture and public works, creating innovative parks, plazas, playgrounds, fountains, gardens, and stage sets as well as sculpture of stone, metal, wood, and clay, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold.
In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today.
1988, English / Japanese
Softcover, 132 pages, 297 x 39.4 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Chronicle Books / San Francisco
$140.00 - In stock -
The Japanese word sonomama means in a natural state or just as you are. To create this book, Taishi Hirokawa, the internationally-renowned photographer, traveled throughout the Japanese countryside to photograph ordinary people in the creations of some of the world's top fashion designers: shopkeepers, fishermen, schoolchildren, & farmers, modeling bold, stylish outfits by Issay Miyake, Comme de Garcon, Yohji Yamamoto and others. A stunning and unique book of unconventional fashion photography, resulting in dramatic duotone images that strip away the artifice & the image-creating power of the clothing & draw attention to the people themselves.
2016, English / Japanese
Softcover, 248 pages, 23 x 30 cm
Published by Kyuryudo / Tokyo
$80.00 - In stock -
This impressive volume is part of an exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo, in 2016, the first full-scale retrospective to showcase the myriad ideas that have emerged over the course of the designer’s career, from his earliest activities to current projects. Widely recognised for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions, and fragrances, Issey Miyake has been stimulating the world of culture and fashion for almost half a century with his organic and skilfully articulated repertoire, fuelled by boundless curiosity and love of experimentation. The catalogue explores the main themes of his innovative drive, complemented by Hiroshi Iwasaki’s expert photography.
1996, English / Japanese
Softcover (w. clear plastic dust-jacket and original exhibition floor-map insert), 214 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 295 x 225 mm
Out of print title / used*,
Published by Hara Museum of Contemporary Art / Tokyo
$120.00 - In stock -
Handsome, and very scarce, Japanese monograph/catalogue published to accompany the major survey exhibition held at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 1996 of Shiro Kuramata, one of Japan's most important designers of the 20th century. Kuramata translated workaday industrial materials -wire steel mesh, corrugated aluminium, lucite-
into poetic objects and interiors.
Lavishly illustrated with stunning photographic documentation of his furniture, glassware, interiors, lighting, and architecture (including his incredible boutique interiors for fashion designer Issey Miyake, and his work as a key member of Italian design group Memphis, which he joined at its founding in 1981), this book is certainly one of the finest volumes on Kuramata.
Features complete history of works plus text by Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki.
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 76 pages, 26.5 x 31 cm
1st Japanese Edition, signed, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Libro Port Publishing Co. Ltd. / Tokyo
$360.00 - In stock -
Wonderful Issey Miyake-signed copy of the first Japanese printing of this famous book, published by Libro Port Publishing Co. Ltd., Tokyo in 1988. It is the hardcover version with original illustrated dust-jacket.
Published to coincide with the exhibition "Issey Miyake A UN," organized by Miyake Design Studio in association with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in 1988, this heavily photographic book features stunning full-page photos by Irving Penn of Issey Miyake's 1987 line throughout the entire book. Foreword by Isamu Noguchi, and accompanying essay by Jay Cocks. Type design by Kiyoshi Kanai. Project coordinated by Midori Kitamura and June Kanai, who also modeled the clothes. Wonderful, iconic imagery of Issey Miyake's late 1980's works.
Dedication, signed and dated (1988) by Issey Miyake in bold black marker on title page!
Softcover, 238 pages, 23 x 30.5 cm
Out of print title / used*,
Published by Rizzoli / New York
$70.00 - In stock -
"The influence of Surrealism on fashion and its ancillary arts lasted decades longer than the movement itself. This catalog, accompanying a 1987 exhibition at Fashion Institute of Technology, explores the extravagances of visual language as social and political comment, a revolution in perception."--The Library Journal.
"The love affair between fashion and Surrealism began in the Paris of the 1920s when Surrealist artists plundered fashion's imagery for their art, raising fashion beyond the level of mere style to an important expression of culture. This text reveals the extravagent and ingenious creations resulting from this collaboration. It ranges from the shocking Surrealist dresses of Schiaparelli and Dali, and photographic experiments with Surrealist techniques by Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton and George Hoyningen-Huene to the work of younger fashion designers, including Olivier Guillemin and Vivienne Westwood, who have all brought Surrealist imagery into clothing and accessories."
This bountiful, visually lavish volume, published to accompany a 1987 exhibition at Fashion Institute of Technology, features the garments, paintings, sculptures, illustrations, window displays, fashion advertisements, costume designs and photography of Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, Issey Miyake, Horst P. Horst, Cinzia Ruggeri, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, Krizia, Giorgio De Chirico, Meret Oppenheim, Max Ernst, Donatella, Rene Magritte, Comme des Garcons, Enrico Donati, Elsa Schiaparelli, Salvador Dali, Marcel Rochas, Jaques Griffe, Adelle Lutz, Marina Killery, Dominique Lacoustille, Emme, Stephen Jones, Louise Bourbon, Bill Cunningham, Germaine Vittu, Eric Braagaard, Karl Lagerfeld, Candy Pratts Price, Serge Lutens, Antonio, Linda Fargo, Claude Montana, Georgina Godley, Olivier Guillemin, Yves Tanguy, Christian Lacroix, Valentine Hugo, Paul Colin, Francoise Lesage, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Cocteau, Adam Kurtzman, Herbert Bayer, Mel Odom, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alfa Castaldi, Leo Malet, Jorge Silvetti, Gabriella Giandelli, Givenchy, Marcel Jean, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Michael Roberts, Marcel Vertés, Bert Stern, John Galliano, Danuta Riyder, Paul Delvaux, Manolo Blahnik, Dorothea Tanning, Eileen Agar, Miguel Covarubias, Cristobal Balenciaga, Andre Masson, Leonor Fini, Roman Cieslewicz, Shoji Ueda, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Bruce Weber, Robert Mapplethorpe, A. M. Cassandre, Peter Lindbergh, Claude Cahun, Jean Arp, and so many more.
Softcover, 224 pages, 26 x 33.5 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Pavilion Books / London
$190.00 - In stock -
The now very collectable "Nova 1965-1975" was issued in 1993 by Pavilion, in London, and is a comprehensive celebration of the iconic and pioneering 1960-1970s British style magazine, Nova.
Features the work of Harry Peccinotti, Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon, Diane Arbus, Issey Miyake, Jeanloup Sieff, Hans Feurer, Zandra Rhodes, Bob Richardson, Jonvelle, Alan Aldridge, Terence Donovan, Kansai Yamamoto, Saul Leiter, Caroline Baker, David Hillman, and many more.
A product of the creative cauldron in "Swinging London", Nova was avant-garde in every aspect: its typography and layout, illustration and photography. It offered a mixture of daring and artistic imagery with unconstrained writing which had never been done before, and marked a period of real innovation in magazine design. This over-sized volume shows every Nova cover, and over 200 photographs and layouts of key features. The accompanying words tell the story of the magazine and the people who made it, how Nova influenced and was influenced by the times, and is complemented by a "time-line" of events, the signposts of the era. But the lavishly reproduced images, such as the groundbreaking "How to Undress in Front of Your Husband" speak largely for themselves. Not only of specialist interest to designers and artists, and nostalgic interest to avid subscribers, this is also a visual document of times of great change, of the political and cultural upheavals which brought us platform soles and flares, Mick Jagger and Ted Heath. David Hillman was art director for "Nova" from 1969 until it closed in 1975. He was also deputy editor during that time. Harry Peccinotti was the magazine's first art director and regular photographer throughout.
Hardcover, 288 pages, 25.4 x 30.5 cm
Published by Rizzoli / New York
$110.00 - In stock -
A stunning work on contemporary fashion spectacles, showcasing the most innovative, creative, and artistic high-fashion runway shows of the last twenty years.
In recent years, as fashion shows have become a part of our collective imagination and an important part of contemporary culture, blockbuster productions have redefined the runway show as a form of entertainment and creativity on par with the clothes themselves. This book focuses on designers for whom fashion and the mode of presenting it have held equal significance: Alexander McQueen, Maison Martin Margiela, Susan Ciancialo, Issey Miyake, Bernadette Corporation, Ann Demeulemeester, Bernhard Willhelm, Gucci, Helmut Lang, Hussein Chalayan, Viktor & Rolf, Givenchy, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, Rick Owens, A.F. Vandevorst, Louis Vuitton, W<, X-Girl, Christian Dior, Prada, Yeezy, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Raf Simons, Thom Browne, and Imitation of Christ, among them. From the performance art spectacles of the first Alexander McQueen collections in the mid-1990s and the high-art concept shows of Hussein Chalayan in the late 1990s to the lavish beauty of Chanel haute couture in 2012, author Alix Browne explores the highest pinnacles of fashion today. Runway gives the reader full access to the theatrical and creative aspects of the production, in both intimate, little-seen runway shows from the pre-Internet era many of the photographs here have never been published before as well as major productions with elaborate sets and full-blown narrative. Each show is presented through lush, full-bleed photography and many through fold-out four-page images - an index gives a blurb about each runway presentation with further images.
A thrilling, immersive, and inspiring look into the wide-ranging creativity of contemporary fashion, Runway is the most thorough book available on the subject. Featuring the most innovative fashion designers of the last twenty years, this book is a must for lovers of fashion and culture.
Softcover (over-sized), 136 pages, 25 x 37 cm
$58.00 - In stock -
encens is a fashion magazine from France, presenting a very selective number of designers, edited by Samuel Drira and Sybille Walter.
encens 36 "Mindscape" (Spring/Summer 2016) features Susan Sontag, Serge Lutens, Isabelle Weingarten, Cartier, Comme des Garçons, Annie Leibovitz, Nehera, Giorgio Armani, Hed Mayner, Angelo Flaccavento, James Benning, Carol Bove, Uma Wang, Veronique Branquinho, Issey Miyake, Carlo Scarpa, Lene Berg, Lutz Huelle, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Sonia Rykiel, Azzadine Alaia, Yohji Yamamoto, Willie Christie, Axl Jensen, Chanel, Celine, Lemaire, Veronique Leroy, Dior Homme, Maison Martin Margiela, Vivienne Westwood, Linda Loppa, Bless, Juun J., Christopher Williams, Friedrich Kiesler, Pierre Cardin, Hermes, and many more.
Hardcover, 48 pages, 26.5 x 31 cm
1st edition of 3000 copies, signed / out of print title / used*,
Published by Miyake Design Studio / Tokyo
$530.00 - Out of stock
Signed copy (by Issey Miyake) of the very scarce, collectable "Issey Miyake by Irving Penn" (1990), printed only once in a limited edition of 3,000 copies and published by the Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo, 1990.
Signed and dated (Dec. 1990) by Issey Miyake on the title page in grey lead, this beautiful volume is made up entirely of legendary photographer Irving Penn's elegant images of the great Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake's 1990 collection, in full-colour on gloss stock. One of the greatest collaborative partnerships in fashion image history.
‘through his eyes penn-san reinterprets the clothes, gives them new breath, and presents them to me from a new vantage point — one that I may not have been aware of, but had been subconsciously trying to capture. Without penn-san’s guidance, I probably could not have continued to find new themes with which to challenge myself, nor could I have arrived at new solutions.’ – Issey Miyake (from Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago, 1997)
Clothing Design by lssey Miyake
Photographs by Irving Penn
Book Design by lkko Tanaka
Face by Tyen
Hair by John Sahag
Modeled by Yuki Fujii
Printed and bound by Nissha Printing Company, Kyoto, Japan
Published by Miyake Design Studio, Tokyo, Japan
Published in a limited edition of 3,000 copies