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), 160 pages, 28.2 x 24.1 cm
Out of print title / used / very good
Published by Viking Press / New York
$60.00 - In stock -
Published in 1969 by New York’s Viking Press and edited by the great editor Barbara Plumb, who also brought us "Houses That Architects Live In" (1977), "Young Designs in Living" is "a rich source of lively ideas that reﬂect the visual currents of our time. Young design is not the property of any particular age group; more than anything else, it is a point of view that says “today.” Boldness of color, a rejection of provinciality, an indication that we are living in a jet age of new themes and new materials, a spirit of fun and informality, a new approach to scale and space are all elements apparent in varying degree in the exciting interiors which Barbara Plumb presents in these pages."
Richly illustrated throughout with large photographs of incredible international interiors (inc. those of residences designed by Paul Rudolph, Luis Barragan, Aarno Ruusuvuori, Poul Kjærholm, William Turnbull Jr., Marco Zanuso, Charles W. Moore, Harry Bates, Richard Meier, Ludovico Magistretti, Robert A.M. Stern, Olivier Mourgue), with art and furniture by the likes of Pierre Paulin, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Poul Kjærholm, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Breuer, Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, and many more.
1980, Japanese / English
Softcover, 128 pages, 29 x 22 cm
Published by A+U Publishing / Tokyo
$40.00 - In stock -
Issue 119 of the legendary Japanese architecture magazine, A+U (Architecture + Urbanism), published in 1980. Published by Yoshio Yoshida with Editor Toshio Nakamura and international advisors and correspondents including Paul Rudolph, Hans Hollein, Robert A.M. Stern, and Peter Cook, this special issue focuses on "The Works and Background of Luis Barragán" (by Yasutaka Yamazaki), including maybe pages of Barragán's architectural works illustrated in colour and black and white. "In Perspective" is the work of Italian architect Franco Purini and Italian architect/theorist Laura Thermes, "In Practice" is Studio Celli-Tognon, plus articles by Udo Kultermann, works by Louis I. Kahn, and much more.
A+U (Architecture + Urbanism) is a forward thinking monthly architectural magazine from Japan which tackles a diverse range of themes, movements and discussions in the fields of architecture and urbanism. Each issue is comprehensively illustrated and accompanied by plans, maps, sections and details.
1980:08 No. 119 - Louis Barragan
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.
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 352 pages, 28.7 x 20 cm
Published by Fundación Alumnos47Cosentino / Mexico City
$50.00 - In stock -
Edited by Karen Marta. Text by Patrick Charpenel, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Teodoro González de León, Graciela Iturbide, Esquivel!, Santiago Genovés, Carlos Fuentes, Margo Glantz, Elena Poniatowska, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Leonora Carrington, Felipe Ehrenberg, Pedro Friedeberg, Juan Soriano and Eduardo Terrazas
In 2002 Hans Ulrich Obrist began his conversation with a diverse and influential group of Mexican pioneers during an exhibition at Luis Barragán's house in Mexico City. Over a decade in the making, Conversations in Mexico beautifully captures how the Mexican cultural scene has pivoted several times--perhaps most importantly around the student protests at the 1968 Olympic Games--to cultivate a wholly radical and innovative aesthetic, one that is illuminated in the iconic buildings of Pedro Ramírez Vázquez and Teodoro González de León; the people and landscapes photographed by Graciela Iturbide; the music of Esquivel!; the incredible voyages of Santiago Genovés; the utopian politics and literature of Carlos Fuentes, Margo Glantz and Elena Poniatowska; the singular vision of Alejandro Jodorowsky; and the uncompromising art of Leonora Carrington, Felipe Ehrenberg, Pedro Friedeberg, Juan Soriano and Eduardo Terrazas.
Published by Fundación Alumnos47Cosentino, Mexico City
1997, English / Japanese
Softcover (w. obi-strip), 50 pages, 26 x 36.2 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by A.D.A Edita / Tokyo
$120.00 - Out of stock
GA 48 (Revised)
Barragán House, Tacubaya, Mexico City, 1947
Los Clubes, suburb of Mexico City, 1963-69
San Cristobal, suburb of Mexico City, 1967-68 (with the collaboration of arch. Andres Casillas)
Edited and Photographed by Yukio Futagawa
Text by Emilio Ambasz
Revised edition of 1979's GA 48. Both books have completely different photography of the Barragán House throughout.
One of the finest architecture series ever published, the world renowned GA (Global Architecture) series, presented by the highly esteemed publishing house that also published the GA Document, GA Houses, and GI (Global Interior) architectural publications.
Each over-sized photographic folio issue of GA highlights a renowned international architect and a selection of their architectural projects.
Absolutely stunning and vivid large-format (usually full-bleed) architectural photography of the selected building's interiors, exteriors and architectural details, along with texts (in English and Japanese) and floor-plans/elevation drawings make up the profiles on each featured architectural project. The visual generosity of these handsomely designed and beautifully printed over-sized publications make them a treasure for any architecture or interior design enthusiast or collector.
Printed in Japan.
Softcover (w. dust jacket), 202 pages, 10.5 x 15 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$25.00 - In stock -
Edited by Nikolaus Hirsch, Carin Kuoni, Hesse McGraw, Markus Miessen
Contributions by Leonardo Díaz Borioli, Nikolaus Hirsch, David Kim, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Daniel McClean, Hesse McGraw, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Ines Weizman
The eighth volume of the Critical Spatial Practice series focuses on Jill Magid’s “The Barragán Archives,” a multiyear project that examines the legacy of Pritzker Prize–winning architect Luis Barragán (1902–1988), and questions forms of power, public access, and copyright that construct artistic legacy. The archive of Barragán was split in two after his death—the personal archive is kept in his home in Mexico, which is now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site; while his professional archive was purchased in 1995 by Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of the Swiss furniture company Vitra, from a New York gallerist. It is said that Fehlbaum bought it as a gift for his then fiancée, Federica Zanco. She is the director of the Barragan Foundation, which also holds rights to Barragán’s name. For the past twenty years the archive, housed below the Vitra headquarters, has been inaccessible to the public.
With The Proposal Magid attempts to bring together Barragán’s professional and personal archives by probing the architect’s official and private selves, and the interests of various individuals and governmental and corporate entities who have become the archives’ guardians. Magid, with permission of the Barragán family, commissioned a small amount of Barragán’s cremated remains to be transformed into a diamond. The stone, set in a gold ring, was offered to Zanco in exchange for the return of the professional archive to Mexico. Magid’s artwork directly engages the intersections of the psychological and the judicial, national identity and repatriation, international property rights and copyright law, authorship and ownership, the human body and the body of work.
Design by Zak Group
1972, Japanese / English
Softcover, 184 pages, 22.5 cm x 28 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by A.D.A Edita / Tokyo
$120.00 - Out of stock
Rare second issue from 1972 of this now classic 1970’s architectural series, the great GI (Global Interior) from Tokyo, Japan.
One of the finest interior architecture journal series ever published, GI “The Series of Global Interior” came from the producers of the highly esteemed GA (Global Architecture), GA Document, GA Houses, etc. architectural publications.
GI was produced throughout the 1970’s in a total of ten volumes. Each large volume highlighted a selection of architectural projects by renowned international architects, some volumes focusing on a specific architect entirely, and highlighted their work for houses and domestic spaces.
Beautiful architectural photography of house interiors, exteriors and room details of living spaces, along with texts (mostly in Japanese) and floor-plans/elevation drawings make up the profiles on each featured building or environment. The visual generosity of these handsomely designed and printed journals (each more a book than a magazine) make them a treasure for any architecture or interior design enthusiast or collector.
Edited and Presented by Yukio Futagawa
GI Global Interior #2
Paulo A. Mendes Da Rocha (Da Rocha House); Joaquim Guedes (Pereira House); Carlos Millan (Millan House); Stroater & Antonacio (Carvalho House); Arnald A. Martino (Martino House); Paulo Sergio S. Silva (Silva House); Oscar Niemeyer (Niemeyer House); Sergio Bernandes (Bernandes House); Luis Barragan (Barragan House); Jaime Ortiz Monasterio (Obregon House); Francisco Artigas (Artigas House); Artigas & Luna (House in San Angel); Francisco Artigas (Rojas House); Manuel Gonzarez Rul (House in Tlacopac); Juan O’Gorman (O’Gorman House); David Muñoz Suarez(House in Tecamachalco); Martinez,