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
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, 122 pages, 23 x 39
1st French Edition, Out of print title / used / very good,
Published by Editions Parenthèses / Marseille
$90.00 - In stock -
First French edition of this visionary book by Italian architect, published by Editions Parenthèses, Marseille, in 1980. This stunning over-sized landscape book reads like a manifesto/scrap-book of Soleri's Arcology (Architecture+Ecology), through his own words (here in French) and 120 pages of his intricate and fantastic architectural drawings.
"I am advocating a Lean Hypothesis about reality and a Lean Alternative to our materialistic culture. With the lean urban development I put tangibility to my conjecturing. Years ago I declared that Leanness is frugality fraught with sophistication. The gazelle is lean, i.e. frugality wrapped in grace.
Can anyone imagine a frozen tundra or a scorching Sahara colonized by millions of hermitages, single homes? A nightmarish American Dream incapable of supporting any kind of dignified life, let alone the evolution of a civilization. Is the exurban (ever-expanding suburban) metastasis a bejeweled dream? Of food and shelter, the two indispensable needs of life, shelter is the direct responsibility of planners; architects, urban planners, builders, developers, speculators, politicians, students ... time to wake up!" -
Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti, Arizona
Through his work as architect, urban designer, artist, craftsman and philosopher, Paolo Soleri has been exploring the countless possibilities of human aspiration. The envisioned future taking shape in his mind has been expressed in various media. One outstanding endeavor is Arcosanti, an urban laboratory, constructed in the high Arizona desert. It attempts to demonstrate an alternative human habitat much needed in this increasingly perplexing world. This project also exemplifies his steadfast devotion to creating an experiential space to "prototype" an environment in harmony with man. Through his articulated philosophy "Arcology (Architecture+Ecology)", Soleri formulates a path that may aid us on our evolutionary journey toward a state of aesthetic, equity and compassion. The half century work of his broad-ranging and coherent intellect (so scarce in the age of specialization) has influenced many in the field in search of a new paradigm for our built environment. - Tomiaki Tamura
Hardcover (w. dust-jacket), 144 pages, 22.5 x 28.5 cm
1st US edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Praeger Publishers Inc. / New York
$190.00 - In stock -
This is the first monograph on Archigram, a chronicle of the work of a group of young British architects that became the most influential architecture movement of the 1960s, as told by the members themselves. It includes material published in the early issues of their iconic and influential journal, as well as numerous texts, poems, comics, photocollages, drawings and fantastical architecture projects. Work presented includes Instant City, pod living, the Features Monte Carlo entertainment centre, Blowout Village, and the Cushicle personalized enclosure. Still considered THE Archigram book.
Hardcover first US edition (1973) in illustrated dust-jacket.
The main members of Archigram were Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Ron Herron, Dennis Crompton, Michael Webb and David Greene. Designer Theo Crosby was the “hidden hand” behind the group. Especially active between 1961 and 1974, when this book was published, the group anticipated the global inter-relatedness of culture and technology and thus had an immediate influence on architectural discussions worldwide – the significance of their work continues to be felt today. Their radical re-definitions of domestic architecture and urban planning, as well as an aesthetic that transcends practical function, had wide-felt repercussions on contemporary British art of the 1960s and the subsequent avant-garde in architecture at that time in Europe, Japan, and America. Their work inspired two like-minded Italian collectives, Archizoom and Superstudio and Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers’ Centre Pompidou (1972-76) in Paris, as well as buildings by Japanese “metabolist” architects such as Kenzo Tange’s Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center (1965-70) in Tokyo. Archigram responded to comic books and pop music, space travel and moon landing, science fiction and the exciting new technologies of the sixties and seventies, their inspirations came from architects and artists such as Buckminster Fuller, Bruno Taut, and Friedrich Kiesler. As a result, they created radical alternatives to cities, houses and other architectural archetypes, communicating their ideas through Archigram magazine as well as though traditional architectural renderings, gallery exhibitions, multi-media installations, and collage. Their unique style of rendering often emphasized concepts over architectural forms, and had an enormous influence on modern architectural drawing techniques as well as the conceptualization of architectural ideas.
2005, English / Japanese
Softcover (w. printed acetate dust jacket various inserts), 115 pages, 30 x 22.5
1st edition, Out of print title / As New,
Published by Pie Books / Tokyo
$170.00 - In stock -
The exceptional, lavish and quickly out-of-print Japanese Archigram book, published in 2005 to accompany a major retrospective exhibition that presented the Archigram archives, "Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974" at Contemporary Art Gallery Art Tower Mito. This first and only printing comes wrapped in a thick, transparent printed acetate dust-jacket and presents page after page of full-bleed colour photographic documentation of this exhibition (installations, drawings, collages, paintings, models, ephemera), punctuated with incredible facsimile inserts sampling Archigram's many influential publications from the 1960s and 1970s, enclosed in printed envelopes and fold-out spreads spanning different paper-stocks and formats across the book.
The Exhibition focused on the innovative concepts and visionary projects of Archigram, an avant-garde architectural group formed in the 1960s - based at the Architectural Association, London - that was neofuturistic, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist, drawing inspiration from technology in order to create a new reality that was solely expressed through hypothetical projects, including "Capsule Homes" (1964), "Plug-In City" (1964), "Walking City" (1964), "Instant City" (1968), "Cushicle" (1969)...
The main members of the group were Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Ron Herron, Dennis Crompton, Michael Webb and David Greene. Designer Theo Crosby was the "hidden hand" behind the group. Especially active between 1961 and 1974, the group anticipated the global inter-relatedness of culture and technology and thus had an immediate influence on architectural discussions worldwide - the significance of their work continues to be felt today. Their radical re-definitions of domestic architecture and urban planning, as well as an aesthetic that transcends practical function, had wide-felt repercussions on contemporary British art of the 1960s and the subsequent avant-garde in architecture at that time in Europe, Japan, and America. Their work inspired two like-minded Italian collectives, Archizoom and Superstudio and Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers' Centre Pompidou (1972-76) in Paris, as well as buildings by Japanese "metabolist" architects such as Kenzo Tange's Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center (1965-70) in Tokyo. Archigram responded to comic books and pop music, space travel and moon landing, science fiction and the exciting new technologies of the sixties and seventies, their inspirations came from architects and artists such as Buckminster Fuller, Bruno Taut, and Friedrich Kiesler. As a result, they created radical alternatives to cities, houses and other architectural archetypes, communicating their ideas through Archigram magazine as well as though traditional architectural renderings, gallery exhibitions, multi-media installations, and collage. Their unique style of rendering often emphasized concepts over architectural forms, and had an enormous influence on modern architectural drawing techniques as well as the conceptualization of architectural ideas.
Texts in English and Japanese, including essays, profiles of Archigram members, and an interview with Peter Cook.
Great copy in fine, As New condition of this densely-layered and impressive book that reflects the Archigram ethos superbly.
$50.00 - In stock -
Contributions by Stan Allen, Phil Bernstein, Nathalie Bredella, Mario Carpo, Wolfgang Ernst, Marco Frascari, Peter Galison, Orit Halpern, Greg Lynn, Antoine Picon, Molly Wright Steenson, Bernard Tschumi, Mark Wigley, Andrew Witt
When is the digital in architecture? What are the conditions that led architects to integrate digital tools into their practices? Over the course of its research program Archaeology of the Digital, the CCA has collected the archival records of twenty-five projects realized between the late 1980s and the early 2000s in order to understand this period as a point of origin for the digital. But if we take care to identify the digital as a condition that is made possible by the conceptual foundations of digital media and not necessarily by digital media itself, the boundaries of the digital moment—when it began and under what circumstances—become less clear.
There are eight million stories of the origins of the digital in architecture, and this book brings together fourteen of them. The arguments address specific changes in ways of thinking about architecture, building, and cities, as well as the shifts in technology that resulted from these changes, marking both a capstone of Archaeology of the Digital and the start of an investigation into other beginnings of the digital in architecture.
But it’s not just about articulating a variety of responses. Asking a question like “When is the digital in architecture?” can produce millions of stories in response and millions of digressions and redirections that narrow in focus and change geographies, producing a Tristram Shandy of the digital as the CCA continues to build its digital archive and make it increasingly accessible to researchers. If this novel of digressions is distributed across future research projects and extended with studies of new archival material, so much the better for the reader, in our opinion.
Copublished with Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)
Design by Katja Gretzinger
$45.00 - In stock -
Edited by James Voorhies
Contributions by Martin Beck, Keller Easterling, James Goggin, Alex Kitnick, James Voorhies
Martin Beck’s exhibition “Program” at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts comprised a sequence of interventions, installations, events, and displays that drew on the exhibition histories and academic pursuits of the famed 1963 Le Corbusier building at Harvard University. The sequence of explorative strategies—each node of which Beck considered an “episode”—lent particular attention to the founding aspirations of the Carpenter Center, which sought to cultivate its position as simultaneously an iconic modernist building, school, and exhibition venue. Beck performed and critically reflected on the kinds of activity an institution uses to build, organize, and engage with its audiences, and, in the case of the Carpenter Center, how it performed a kind of exhibition of education in both its pedagogical framework and its public outreach. From its physical infrastructure to its communication strategies, from its foundational curricular principles to visitor tallies, from building usage to welcome rituals, “Program,” which transpired over two years, examined institutional behaviors that collectively form institutional identity and integrate audiences into a cohesive program of public address.
This book, An Organized System of Instructions, is both a document of “Program” and an extension of the exhibition, which ran from October 24, 2014, to October 2016.
Copublished with Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Design by James Goggin, Practise
Softcover, (w. dust jacket), 156 pages, 10.5 x 15 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$25.00 - In stock -
Edited by Nikolaus Hirsch, Markus Miessen
Featuring artwork by Omer Fast
In architectural history, just as in global politics, refugees have tended to exist as mere human surplus; histories of architecture, then, have usually reproduced the nation-state’s exclusion of refugees as people out of place. Andrew Herscher’s Displacements: Architecture and Refugee, the ninth book in the Critical Spatial Practice series, examines some of the usually disavowed but arguably decisive intersections of mass-population displacement and architecture—an art and technology of population placement—through the twentieth century and into the present. Posing the refugee as the preeminent collective political subject of our time, Displacements attempts to open up an architectural history of the refugee that could refract on the history of architecture and the history of the refugee alike.
Andrew Herscher is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan with appointments in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Department of Art History. His publications include Violence Taking Place: The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict (Stanford University Press, 2010), The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit (University of Michigan Press, 2012), and, coedited with Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Spatial Violence (Routledge, 2016).
Design by Zak Group
1978, English / Japanese
Softcover, 160 pages, 26 x 12 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by The National Museum of Art / Osaka
$190.00 - In stock -
Incredibly rare Japanese publication from 1978, printed on the occasion of a major exhibition entitled "Design and Art of Modern Chairs", August 19-October 15, at the National Museum of Art, Osaka. This wonderful landscape-formatted book is profusely illustrated throughout (in colour and black and white) with the chairs of designers and artists including Gerrit Rietveld, Isamu Kenmochi, Olivier Mourgue, Pierre Paulin, Sadamasa Motonaga, Mario Ceroli, Marcel Breuer, Studio 65, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, Jan Dranger, Johan Huldt, Robert Haussman, Kwok Hoi Chan, Steen Østergaard, George Nakashima, Mies van der Rohe, Poul Kjaerholm, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Pollock, Aarne Jacobsen, Warren Platner, Roger Tallon, Verner Panton, Earo Aarnio, Bruno Mathsson, Motomi Kawakami, Marco Zanuso, Richard Sapper, Gerd Lange, Vico Magistretti, Alver Aalto, Jonathan de Pas, Paolo Lomazzi, Donato d'Urbino, Giorgio Decursu, Sori Yanagi, Reiko Tanabe-Murai, Wolfgang Mueller-Deisig, Stacy Dukes, Ettore Sottsass, Charles Eames, Hans J. Wegner, Franco Albini, Gio Ponti, Kaare Klint, Enzo Mari, Takeshi Nii, Achille Castiglioni, Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni, Tadashi Minohara, Gaetano Pesce, Yrjo Kukkapuro, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Mario Bellini, Cini Boeri, Mario Marenco, Joe Colombo, Piero Gatti, Jonathan de Pas, Paolo Lomazzi, Donato d'Urbino, Ubald Klug, Gerrit Rietveld, Salvador Dali, Poltronova, Cassina, Taro Okamoto. Jiro Takamatsu, Susumu Koshimizu, Shiro Kuramata, Minoru Takeyama, Lucas Samaras, Kozo Mio, Arata Isozaki, Shigeo Fukuda, Takashi Sakaizawa, Constantin Brâncuși, Yoji Kuri, Yayoi Kusama, Vitra, Knoll, Kartell, Herman Miller, Arflex, BBB, Flexform, C&B Italia, Cassina, and many more.
Each chair included is detailed with a blurb in Japanese, data/specs of year, designer/artist, manufacture and dimensions. Also includes an illustrated timeline tracing a chronological history of the chairs exhibited, along with a production index and forward texts in English and Japanese. Forms an incredible index of important modern chair designs from the early 1930s - late 1970s.
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 120 pages, 22 x 29 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Gorlich Editore / Milan
$100.00 - Sold
Another lavish interior design volume from Milan's Gorlich Editore.
“L'Arredamento Oggi”, published in 1977, walks you through a collection of modern international furnished interiors, capturing 150 of the finest examples of interior architecture and decoration of the late 1970's. Showcased across saturated full-colour pages are the designs and productions of Alvar Aalto, Ugo La Pietra, Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottsass, Duggie Fields, Charles and Ray Eames, Joe Colombo, Gufram, Studio 65, Piero Gilardi, Eero Aarnio, Knoll, Verner Panton, Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, Robert Stern, Mario Ceroli, plus so many more.
First edition in dust jacket.
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 236 pages, 26 x 26 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Paul Hamlyn / Sydney
$95.00 - Sold
1st edition of "Australian Style" - published in hardcover in 1970 this heavily-illustrated volume aims to survey what the "new" (of 1970) Australian style of modern architecture and interior design looked like, through profiles on prominent Australian decorators, designers, Innovators and architects of the time, including Harry Seidler, Robin Boyd, Gordon Andrews, Babette Hayes, Ken Woolley, and Neville Gruzman, amongst many others, alongside wonderful photographic reproductions of their interiors, buildings, furniture, textiles, and more.
"Australia is developing a style of living which is as unique as the country itself. With growing affluence and the aggressive assault of mass media on our sensibilities, we have emerged from the era of composite nothingness drawn from remembered lands across the sea, and are presently ﬁnding our own standards and our own likes and dislikes in everything from pepper grinders to ﬁfty-storey buildings. This book opens communication with the people who are making the new Australia liveable. It shows in 236 pages of magniﬁcent colour and black and white illustration just what is happening on the frontiers of our sophistication. It voices the opinions of the experts who create our shelters. Architects like Robin Boyd, Harry Seidler and Neville Gruzman; designers like Gordon Andrews and Florence Broadhurst; interior designers like Marion Hall Best, Leslie Walford and Barry Little and the dozens of other innovators and creators who are daily adding to our knowledge and our comfort. In compiling the text, April Hersey has drawn our domestic development brieﬂy to this time and place and then pin-pointed the rooms of a house and the work of the various designers and architects. Babette Hayes and Rodney Weidland have found the perfect illustrations for everything, from the smallest device to the most extravagant decor, to show Australian homes as they look today."
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 528 pages, 17.8 x 22.9 cm
Published by The MIT Press / Massachusetts
$80.00 - In stock -
What has planetary-scale computation done to our geopolitical realities? It takes different forms at different scales—from energy and mineral sourcing and subterranean cloud infrastructure to urban software and massive universal addressing systems; from interfaces drawn by the augmentation of the hand and eye to users identified by self—quantification and the arrival of legions of sensors, algorithms, and robots. Together, how do these distort and deform modern political geographies and produce new territories in their own image?
In The Stack, Benjamin Bratton proposes that these different genres of computation—smart grids, cloud platforms, mobile apps, smart cities, the Internet of Things, automation—can be seen not as so many species evolving on their own, but as forming a coherent whole: an accidental megastructure called The Stack that is both a computational apparatus and a new governing architecture. We are inside The Stack and it is inside of us.
In an account that is both theoretical and technical, drawing on political philosophy, architectural theory, and software studies, Bratton explores six layers of The Stack: Earth, Cloud, City, Address, Interface, User. Each is mapped on its own terms and understood as a component within the larger whole built from hard and soft systems intermingling—not only computational forms but also social, human, and physical forces. This model, informed by the logic of the multilayered structure of protocol “stacks,” in which network technologies operate within a modular and vertical order, offers a comprehensive image of our emerging infrastructure and a platform for its ongoing reinvention.
The Stack is an interdisciplinary design brief for a new geopolitics that works with and for planetary-scale computation. Interweaving the continental, urban, and perceptual scales, it shows how we can better build, dwell within, communicate with, and govern our worlds.
About the Author
Benjamin H. Bratton is a theorist whose work spans philosophy, computer science, and design. He is Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also Visiting Professor of Critical Studies at SCI-Arc (the Southern California Institute of Architecture) and Professor of Digital Design at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
“In The Stack, Benjamin Bratton shows, with brilliant insight and imagination, what the world is coming to look like in an era of planetary-scale computing. He cuts through many received ideas about technology, globalization, and so forth and presents a fresh vision of the architecture of the world.”
—McKenzie Wark, author of Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene
“Endlessly thought-provoking, this amazing book is both cognitive mapping and a projective geometry of the new dimensions of technological reality we live in.”
—Kim Stanley Robinson, author of 2312
“The Stack is a major achievement. It is more than just philosophy of technology, software studies, or design criticism; it analyzes and guides our thinking in a baffling Anthropocenic era when computation works at the planetary scale and constitutes governance.”
—Natalie Jeremijenko, Associate Professor of Art, Computer Science, and Environmental Studies, New York University
“The Stack imagines a design brief for the whole world while floating or falling through all the ever-efflorescent plasmas and atmospheres of digital information.”
—Keller Easterling, Professor, Yale School of Architecture; author of Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space
“This political geography of computation is a strange, marvelous text of great conceptual beauty. Benjamin Bratton’s The Stack breaks more new ground than a carpet bombing. The Stack itself may or may not exist, but it’s left everything that came before it in a state of rubble.”
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 400 pages, 24.2 x 29 cm
Published by Prestel / Munich
$130.00 - In stock -
The incredible, comprehensive Koloman Moser reference book!
During his short career, Koloman Moser became a towering figure in Viennese culture. His varied work in interior and graphic design, furniture, textiles, jewellery, metalwork, glass and earthenware helped usher in the modern era.
This book surveys the entirety of Moser's oeuvre. It examines his work as a graphic designer and his involvement with the Vienna Secession, with special focus given to his role as an illustrator for the journal Ver Sacrum (Sacred Spring). Moser's forays into textile design and ceramic work are also introduced. The book features his designs for the Vienna Secession, Thonet Brothers and the Mautner family, among others that characterise his early modern style. The book also explores Moser's seminal role as a founding member of the Vienna Workshops, along with architect Josef Hoffman and patron Fritz Waerndorfer. Included are many reproductions of Moser's masterpieces, including the window of the Steinhof Chapel, his exhibition posters, postage stamps and currency and elegant samples from his design portfolio, "The Source."
Hardcover, 288 pages, 29.2 x 24 cm
Published by Yale University Press / New Haven
$85.00 - Sold
A revealing look at the visionary French furniture designer and architect, highlighting his virtuoso designs and versatile creativity The designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883-1950) was a pivotal figure in modernism. His extraordinary Art Deco furniture is avidly collected and his visionary glass house, the Maison de Verre, is celebrated, but the breadth of his design genius has been little explored. Chareau linked architecture, fine arts, and style; designed furniture for avant-garde films and chic homes; collected artists such as Picasso and Mondrian; and was a radical innovator in the use of materials. Essays by leading scholars embrace the full scope of his invention, offering detailed analyses of individual projects, the interdisciplinary nature of his work, his Jewish background, his place in the avant-garde of Paris between the wars, and his more recent reception. Extensive illustrations present a rich sampling of Chareau's furniture, architecture, interiors, fabrics, and wallpapers, as well as his own important art collection.
Softcover, 67 pages, 29.5 × 21 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Electa / Milan
$400.00 - In stock -
Here it is - the incredibly rare FIRST ever Memphis book, published by Electa in Italy in 1981!
First edition. Wrapped in a fold-out front and back cover design by Marco Zanini, this very early document of Memphis is almost entirely a visual folio of reproductions of the original drawings by Martine Bedin, Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie du Pasquier, Michael Graves, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Shiro Kuramata, Alessandro Mendini, Paola Navone, Peter Shire, Ettore Sottsass, George Sowden, Matteo Thun, Masanori Umeda and Marco Zanini. Along with an early essay by Barbara Radice (in both Italian and English), this catalogue tells the very beginning of the Memphis story through the original drawings of furniture, objects, lighting and patterns compiled from international architects, artists and designers. The story goes that Ettore Sottsass and his core group encouraged international architects and designers to send their concepts and drawings for new designs for domestic furnishings. In viewing their results through this selection of the drawings, it is clear there was a global design revolution happening and Memphis was about to produce prototypes of these designs that would shock and change the world forever.
A rare opportunity to own this important publication of design history.
Note: This book was briefly re-issued in 2009 in a limited edition - this is however the first printing from 1981.
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 - Sold
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.
1986, English / Italian
Softcover, 173 pages, 22 x 24 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Electa / Milan
$180.00 - Sold
The incredible, rarely seen Electa Studio 65 monograph!
In 1965 Studio 65 was founded by Franco Audrito and Piero Gatti, architecture and art students in Turin, at a time in Italy covering the 1960s and 1970s, where radical design groups were establishing an opposition to the pure functionalism of the International Style of design. Their ironic adaptation of classical elements predates the historicist designs of such 1980s postmodernists as Robert Venturi and Michael Graves in America and Hans Hollein, Ricardo Bofill, and Aldo Rossi in Europe, and it also takes note of pop art developments of the period in ways which in turn influenced visual artists of the time.
This valuable book encompasses their entire history of work, all densely illustrated in colour and black and white throughout with texts in both Italian and English discussing each project. Includes all their work across furniture design (including their iconic polyurethane foam pieces for Gufram, such as "Bocca" and "Capitello"), interior design, architecture, exhibition design, and much more. From designing discotheques to children's playgrounds, much of the content in this book is undocumented elsewhere in print.
Alongside a complete biographical history, interviews and essays, this great book visually captures Studio 65's place at the forefront of Italy's radical anti-design movement, transforming furniture, jewellery, accessories, and even architecture itself into objects of fantasy.
First and only edition.