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
THURS 11-5 PM
FRI 11-7 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), 247 pages, 23 x 29 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by William Morrow and Co. / New York
$150.00 - Out of stock
By Egon Von Furstenberg and Karen Fischer
One of the great, unique, interior design books of the 1980s!
Edited by Prince Egon von Fürstenberg, a prominent German socialite, banker, fashion designer, and interior designer (and at one time married to fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg), this one-of-a-kind book dawns the 1980s with an incredible collection of interiors that express a man's "style, taste, and most importantly, sense of self", from the perspective of the modern male. "This beautifully illustrated book (...) shows you the Power Looks that convey success, confidence, imagination, creativity, and effectiveness". "With outstanding photographs of his friends' apartments, Egon von Fürstenberg reveals how Marvin Hamlisch, Perry Ellis, Angelo Donghia, Georgio Sant'Angelo, and many other successful singles reflect their personalities in the way they live." It even includes decorating budgets!
A perfect interior design book to sum up the eclectic Hi-Tech, Pop, Minimal, and Cosmopolitan lofts, studios and apartments of the late 1970's/early 1980's, featuring some of the finest examples of prominent interior decorators of the period.
Hardcover (w. dust-jacket), 176 pages, 23.5 x 29 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Viking Press / New York
$40.00 - Out of stock
First edition of the 1980 Studio Book from New York's Viking Press, "Interior View: Design at Its Best", printed and bound in Japan.
Profiles some of the finest examples of interior design by the amazing Gae Aulenti, Joe D'Urso and Ward Bennett, amongst many others.
"There are no simple formulas for interior design, nor are there any set rules for success. The art is not a simple one. But there are designers who have a special talent for taking a multitude of ideas and distilling them into a functional, beautiful environment. It is those inter- nationally famous designers and their personal view- points that you will encounter in this book. The author has interviewed each of them, and they and their photo- graphs are allowed to speak for themselves. The design- ers are frank about their work, their ideas, and their relationships with clients. In these pages you will meet “Sister” Parish and Albert Hadley; Betty Sherrill, Luis Rey, and John Drews of McMillen, Inc.; David Hicks, Georgina Fairholme, Angelo Donghia, David Mlinaric, Carla Venosta, David Easton and Michael La Rocca, John Dickinson, John Stefanidis, Gae Aulenti, Bob Bray and Michael Schaible, Tom Parr, Mario Buatta, Ward Bennett, Renzo Mongiardino, John Saladino, Eric Jacobson, Francois Catroux, Joe D’Urso, Mimi London and Dixie Marquis, and many others―forty in all. The designs illustrated represent a vast range of styles, from the traditional to the intensely modern, and, in some cases, the exotic and fantastic. Some are lavish; others emphasize simplicity. Whatever the approach, all are stimulating and imaginative. But most interesting of all are the backgrounds, personalities, and philosophies of the individual designers and what they have to say about how they go about bringing together sometimes contradictory components to produce a satisfying (and frequently superb) result."