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.
Softcover, 96 pages, 15 x 22 cm
Published by Yale University Press / New Haven
$32.00 - Out of stock
The first collection of writings by one of the most innovative architects and educators of the 1950s and 1960s, this book includes a wealth of recently discovered archival materials and many previously unpublished photographs. Featured texts include a selection of Paul Rudolph's published critical writings, which cover such topics as Rudolph's views about the architecture and city planning of his time and the proper way to educate an architectural student. Recent controversies about the preservation of many of Rudolph's buildings--including the landmark Art and Architecture Building at Yale, which celebrates its 45th anniversary and grand reopening in November 2008--make this a timely publication.
Foreword by Robert A. M. Stern
1981, English / Japanese
Softcover, 122 pages, 22 x 29.5 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Kajima Institute Publishing / Tokyo
$70.00 - Out of stock
SD (Space Design): A monthly journal on Art and Architecture.
“SD” (Space Design) was founded in Japan in 1965; a comprehensive monthly magazine on architecture, urban problems and fine arts which was unique in the world and quickly became a leading, highly-esteemed journal of international modern design.
SD no. 203, August 1981
SPECIAL FEATURE: SITE
Architecture as Environmental Architecture; "De-Architecture - Architecture as Art" by James Wines; "The Meaning and Context of SITE" by Kazumasa Yamashita; Works = BEST Products’ Showrooms Prototype Floor Plan, Indeterminate Facade (Houston). Parking Lot Showroom, Notch Showroom (Sacramento), Tilt Showroom (Towson), Terrarium Showroom, Hialeah Showroom (Miami), Cutler Ridge Showroom (Miami), Scale Reference Showroom, Forest Building (Henrico); Other Projects: Molino Stucky Project, Ghost Parking Lot (Hamden), Madison Avenue Project (New York), General Store, Perpetual Savings and Loan Association Bank. Highrise of Homes; Buildings for Best Products (The Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York), Stanley Tigerman, A.M. Stern, Charles Moore, Anthony Lumsden, Allan Greenberg, Michael Graves; BEST Products Corporate Headquarters, by H. H. P. A. (Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates)
SPECIAL FEATURE: Another Form of Wooden Space by Yoshiyuki Suyama; Wood Constructing Dwellings of Eastern Europe - Principles of wood construction; Global Research on Residential Architecture—Conclusion to the series; SERIAL PHOTO ESSAY— PARIS: Ceci n’est pas Paris by Kazutoshi Morita and Keiichi Tahara; NICE SPACE - Piazza del Duomo, Pisa by Kouji Kusabuka and Masanobu Yuzawa; SERIAL PRESENTATION: (Vision in Motion) Third Chapter, by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, , translated by Kimimasa Abe; BOOK REVIEW; EMINENT WORKS ABROAD - "The Geometry of the House" compiled from foreign architectural magazines by Shin’ichi Okada; DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURAL NOTES For Eternity and Liberty ”Shoel Yoh" by Gruppo Specchio and much more.
SD is one of the finest journals dedicated to new design (architecture, furniture, interior, environmental, industrial...), becoming a collector's item and much sought-after archival resource.
1987, Japanese / English
Softcover, 176 pages, 22. 8 x 30 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by A.D.A Edita / Tokyo
$60.00 - Out of stock
Eleventh issue from 1987 of this now classic architectural series, the great GA Houses from Tokyo, Japan.
One of the finest architecture journal series ever published, GA Houses extends from the famous GA (Global Architecture) journal series, presented by the highly esteemed publishing house that also published the GA, GA Document, and GI (Global Interior) architectural publications.
Each issue of GA Houses highlights a selection of residential architectural projects by renowned international architects.
Beautiful architectural photography of residential building interiors, exteriors and architectural details, along with texts (mostly in Japanese) and floor-plans/elevation drawings make up the profiles on each featured building or residential environment. The visual generosity of these handsomely designed and printed journals make them a treasure for any architecture or interior design enthusiast or collector.
GA Houses No.11, 1987
Special Feature: New Waves in American Architecture
Elements on Residence 8
POINTS OF ADDRESS by Donlyn Lyndon
Trip to Epoch-Making 7
GEORGE HOWE “FORTUNE ROCK”
Text by Joseph B. Thomas
FRANK O. GEHRY - Indiana Project, Venice, California; Spiller Residence, South of Los Angeles, California
GWATHMEY SIEGEL - Houston Residence, Houston, Texas
ROBERT A.M. STERN - Points of View, Mount Desert Island, Maine
ROBERT MITTELSTADT - R. Mittelstadt Duplex, San Francisco, California
DANIEL SOLOMON - Bellair Duplex, San Francisco, California; Glover Street Condominiums, San Francisco, California; Castro Common --- San Francisco, California; Francisco Reservoir --- San Francisco, California
WILLIAM KESSLER - Private Residence, Southeast Michigan
GRAHAM GUND - Shapleigh House, Masachusetts Coast; School-House Condominiums, Boston, Massachusetts.
BAKER ROTHSCHILD HORN BLYTH - Fitzwater Factory Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Candy Factory Court, Baker Residence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Winig Residence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Special Feature: New Waves in American Architecture 4;
RALPH LERNER - Prokop House Addition, Port Washington, New York; Villa Vasone, Sa~o Paulo, Brazil; Barn Renovation, Palmyra, Virginia; Artist and Writers Housing, Rye, England
RUBIN and SMITH-MILLER - Residence with Outbuildings, Southern Connecticut; Apartment, Fifth Avenue, New York City; Fifth Avenue Apartment, Fifth Avenue at Central Park, New York City
SUSANA TORRE - Back House (Two Silo House), Poundridge, New York; Clark House, Southampton, Long Island
ROBERT FOOTH SHANNON - “Cabin” for the Architect; Row-House Renovation, 49 Garden Street, Boston, Massachusetts; Solar Renaissance Homes; Wooten House, Windham, Vermont
MARK McINTURFF - McInturff House #1, Bethesda, Maryland; Mcinturff House #2, Bethesda, Maryland
TOD WILLIAMS - House in Montclair; Michigan Project; Williams' Barns in Sagaponack, New York; House on Long Island Sound
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 191 pages, 22.5 x 26 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Gendaikikakushitsu / Tokyo
$80.00 - Out of stock
First Japanese edition (printed in 1990) of this great design book published originally in Europe in 1987/88. Different cover variation for the Japanese edition.
An international selection of over 400 objects (over 500 illustrations) such as tableware, furniture, jewellery, glassware and light fixtures designed by more than 50 leading architects. The book provides a cross-section of original ideas to be found in the best of modern design and aims to show the powerful influence that architects continue to have on industrial and furniture design. Furniture and lighting by Norman Foster, tableware by Sottsass, Robert Stern and Venturi, jewellery by Arata Isogaki and Stern, furniture by Ambasz, Mario Botta, Michael Graves and Richard Meier are some of the artefacts included in this study. The architects, Juli Capella and Quim Larreo are editors of the magazine "De Diseno" and are on the board of the architectural magazine "El Croquis" published in Madrid.
Includes an introduction by Alessandro Mendini, "This Book is This Painting".
Features the work of: Emilio Ambasz, Ron Arad, Gae Aulenti, Mario Bellini, Cini Boeri, Pep Bonet, Mario Botta, Andrea Branzi, Santiago Calatrava, Anna Castelli, Achille Castiglioni, Cristian Cirici, Antonio Citterio, Lluis Clotet, Paolo Deganello, Michele de Lucchi, Jonathan de Pas, Donato d'Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Vittorio Gregotti, Pierluigi Cerri, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Charles Jencks, Ugo la Pietra, Vico Magistretti, Angelo Mangiarotti, Richard Meier, Alessandro Mendini, Pedro MMiralles, Rafael Moneo, Nemo, Oscar Niemeyer, Peolo Portoghesi, Aldo Rossi, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Alvaro Siza Vieira, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Robert A.M. Stern, Giotto Stoppino, Kazuide Takahama, Matteo Thun, Elias Torres Tur, José Antonio, Martinez Lapeña, Oscar Tusquets, Robert Venturi, Daniel Weil, Stefan Wewerka, Marco Zanuso.