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, 96 pages,
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / fine
$100.00 - Out of stock
First edition of the only monograph published on the work of the great Nicola L, published in France in 2003 by Norma Editions. Heavily illustrated in colour and black and white throughout, with essays in French.
Nicola L. (French, born 1937 in Mazagan, Morocco. Lives and works in New York City)
Since the mid-1960s, French-born artist Nicola L has interrogated the integration of the human body within the space of the artwork, developing conceptual works, functional objects, installations, performances and films. After studying painting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, she regularly met art critic Pierre Restany and artists from the nouveau réalisme group, as well as other artists such as Marta Minujín and Erró. Her encounter with Argentinean artist Alberto Greco in 1964 had a decisive impact on her work: giving up painting, she developed her Pénétrables, a series of canvases in which the viewers could introduce parts of their body and get into the skin of the painting. Behind their playfulness, these works were conceived as a political statement addressing, beyond the boundaries of painting, the individual’s social skin. In 1967, Nicola L made the Cylinder for 3 with the English group The Soft Machine for a performance at the Paris biennale. Ellen Stuart, director of La Mama Theatre in New York, invited Nicola L to continue the performance in her theatre. In New York, she encountered Robert Filiou, Emmett Williams and Carolee Schneemann and fully embraced all aspects of the city’s turmoil, adopting pop’s bright colours and use of plastics. From 1967, she transposed her research on the human body to her first functional works.
Woman Sofa 1968 and Little TV woman: ‘I Am the Last Woman Object’ 1969 exemplify Nicola L’s attempt to overcome the limits of traditional sculpture by creating functional objects. Exploring the female body as an instrument and object, the anthropomorphic sofa and cabinet playfully reflect on the construction of female identity and her role within the domestic space. Influenced by the socio-political context of the late 1960s upheavals, Red Coat 1969 was designed for a concert of Brazilian musicians Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, which took place at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. Created for various improvised performances in public spaces, the Red Coat is exemplary of Nicola L’s experimentation with the manner in which the body interacts with the artwork and the self is exposed to the other. Designed to be embodied, the Red Coat invites the desire to share a collective skin. After working between Europe and the United States for nearly twelve years, in 1979 Nicola L moved definitively to live and work in New York City.
Hardcover, 50 pages, 30 x 22 cm
1st edition of 1250 copies, Out of print title / used*,
$180.00 - In stock -
Andrea Branzi "Il Dolce Stil Novo (della Casa)" was published in 1991 on the occasion of a very special exhibition featuring works by Lapo Binazzi, Denis Santachiara, Shiro Kuramata, Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Massimo Iosa Ghini, Remo Buti, George Sowden, and Borek Sipek. The book collects the reflections of this group of architects of different ages, cultures and backgrounds who were called upon to realize a group of domestic landscapes in the large empty rooms of Palazzo Strozzi Firenze. "Auto-biographical, poetic or theoretical reflections take the viewer and reader to the central point of the project in question: a person's home. That is, our survival within the artistic universe that surrounds us, within the violence and the vulgarity of our times, in the expropriation and eradication of intrusive streams of information. Building a house for man means building a place and objects within it which make is possible to establish relationships not only of use and functionality, but also of a psychological, symbolic, and poetic nature. Holderlin said, "Man lives poetically," which means the relationship that binds man to his nest is of a nature, literary, partly obscure, and symbolic." - translated roughly from the Italian introduction by Andrea Branzi, 1990.
This very handsome book compiled by Branzi himself feels more like an artist's book than an exhibition catalogue, beautifully reproducing intimate drawings, texts, conversations, photographs by the contributors, and printed in an edition of 1250 numbered copies. This copy is number stamped no. 830.
1988, English / German
Softcover, 213 pages (396 ill.), 30 x 23 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Taco / Berlin
$80.00 - Out of stock
Studio Alchimia was an iconoclastic, radical design group founded in Italy in 1976 by the Italian Architect Alessandro Guerriero. The Studio Alchimia was composed of designers, whose aim was to design and manufacture exhibition pieces, rather than consumer orientated products. Their products were to be regarded as prototypes / one-offs, leading the way from the principles of modernist design to a bold, new, experimental design style. This style would lead to the formation and popularity of Italian design groups in the 1980's such as the Memphis Group and the new directions taken by the Alessi company.
This is truly THE book on the work of Studio Alchimia. Published in Germany in 1988 (also published in Japan) and lavishly illustrated throughout with colour photography and illustrations, this bilingual (English/German) volume features the history of Studio Alchimia, profiles of the Alchimia members (which included designers such as Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Cinzia Ruggeri, Ettore Sottsass, UFO, Lapo Binazzi, Trix and Robert Hausmann, Michele De Lucchi, amongst many others) a full work index and bibliography, history and background (including Superstudio, Archizoom, UFO, Global Tools, Casabella) and more.
Contents: Introduction by Alessandro Mendini. I). Alchimia. 1). Redesigned cupboards. 2). Bauhaus I - II. II). Exhibition. 1). A phenomenon of design. 2). Banal objects. 3). Natural objects. 4). Blackout. 5). House of Newlyweds. III). Pilosophical expression and activity. 1). Unfinished furniture. 2). Cosmesi. 3). Juliet's house. 4). Carnival tower. 5). Bisexual architecture. 6). 'Nulla' - sounding garment. IV). Space design performance. 1). Furniture as clothing. 2). Mussolini's bathroom. 3). Sentimental robot. 4). Midsummer night's erotic dream. 5). Ambrogio's house. 6). Momentary environment. 7). Kitchen space. V). Architecture and interior. 1). Utopia in a test-tube. 2). Tender architecture. 3). Alchimia town. 4). Summer architecture. 5). An idea for the house. 6). House of falsity. 7). Café de Paris. 8). Colosseum/bank in Alcamo. 9). Mysterious bathing. 10). New bridge of Accademia. 11). Thodier house. 12). Alessi house. VI). Redesigning the Modern Movement. VII). New design. 1). Nuova Alchimia. 2). 1930s furniture. 3). Poetic objects. 4). Philosophical cupboards. 5). Monumental objects. 6). Timeless objects. 7). Human-life objects. 8). Architectural fashion. 9). Textile patterns. 10). The present age - the designer in the cage. 11). Design research on bicycles. VIII). Alchimia and industry. 1). 'Sans souci' tableware. 2). Product research on Neapolitan coffee-pots. 3). Post-modern designs. 4). Programme No. 6. 5). 'Renault super 5' decoration. 6). Domus. 7). Invention of a neutral surface. IX). Radical design. 1). The Forence group and Casabella. 2). Products of the Non-project period. 3). The Post-radicals.
First European edition, 1988.
*Condition: Very Good – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.
1989, English / Japanese
Softcover, 152 pages, 23 x 30 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Rikuyo-Sha / Tokyo
$60.00 - Out of stock
"KAGU-Tokyo Designer's Week '88", November 1988, presented various phases of design, reflecting environmental changes. The exhibition featured the works of leading designers. A rare exhibition of furniture design. It was like a "Tokyo Collection"of furniture design. The drastic change in furniture and interior design these past year could clearly be observed through the exhibits. - Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Design Critic, 1989
This heavy catalogue to this very unique and crucial furniture exhibit in Tokyo in 1988 highlights the many incredible designs of Japan's leading and young furniture designers of the late 1980's. It also features commissioned texts by Shigeru Uchida, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Andrea Branzi and Vincenzo Iavicoli.
With the furniture pieces all documented in full-colour and black and white, with profiles on their designers and exhibition views, this book is a must for anybody interested in Japanese furniture and post-modern design in general.
Features the furniture work of Shiro Kuramata, Masanori Umeda, Hiroshi Awatsuji, Takashi Sugimoto, Kozo Abe, Teruaki Ohashi , Toshiyuki Kita, Takenobu Igarashi, Hidenori Seguchi, Aijiro Wakita, Kunihiro Matsuyama, Setsuo Kitaoka, Toyo Ito, Katsuhiko Togashi, amongst many many more designers.
1986, English / Japanese
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 252 pages, 30.5 x 24 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by Rikuyo-Sha / Tokyo
$80.00 - Out of stock
First edition of this fantastic, heavy collection of work by seven of Japan's leading commercial space designers of the 1980s : Kanji Ueki, Kazuhito Etoh, Susumu Kitahara, Kyoichi Kurokawa, Kei Takami, Choei Hara, and Hiroji Yoshio. Each section is made up of lavish photography of each designer's realised projects across boutiques, discotheques, coffee shops, restaurants, shopping plazas, etc. together with architectural plans, blurbs outlining each project, clients/job details and credits, etc. Each designer also has a photographic profile, biography and history. An incredible and wonderfully designed book full of interiors unlike any other - printed in Japan.
Softcover (staple-bound), 12 pages, 21 × 29.7 cm
Published by Mobel Italia / Udine
$40.00 - In stock -
Undated Mobel Italia catalogue from roughly the beginning of the 1970s, illustrated throughout with a wonderful selection of examples of modern industrial designs from the likes of Silvio Coppola, Masayuki Matsukaze, Claude Courtecuisse, Pascal Mourgue, Kwok Hoi Chan, Eero Aarnio, Yves Christin, Werther Toffoloni and Piero Palange, and more, all with specs and details for each design. Mobel Italia were a furniture manufacturer from Italy, active in the late 1960's - early 1970's, producing the work of international designers.
Scarce. Some rubbing to covers.
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.
Hardcover (cloth-bound w. dust jacket), 192 pages, 22 x 28.5 cm
Out of print title / used / good
Published by Studio Vista / London
$50.00 - In stock -
Volume 65 (1975/76) of Decorative Art and Modern Interiors, one of the finest book series from Studio Vista (UK)/William Morrow and Co (US).
Each handsomely designed volume showcases a selection of the finest examples of new architecture, interior design, environmental design, textiles, furniture and product design. Each volume including profiles on highlighted architectural projects that are documented through beautiful colour and b&w photography, desciptive texts, and axonometric, plan and section drawings, plus "Trends in Furnishings and in the Decorative Arts", which gives fine examples of new design in furniture, lighting, glassware, textiles, etc.
Volume 65 (1975/76) includes a special section on wood-working (with work by Wendell Castle, Michael Coffey, Peter Danko, John Makepeace, John Cederquist, and more), plus furniture and objects by Enzo Mari, Mario Bellini, Bruno Munari, Joe Colombo, Sergio Mazza, Gigi Sabadin, Jørgen Gammelgaard, Stig Lindberg, Peter Opsvik, Yuki Odawara, Eero Aarnio, Tias Eckhoff, Arne Jacobsen, Pierre Paulin, plus profiles on A Hall of Wedding Ceremonies in Nagoya, Japan; The Home of the Architect in Cambridge, England; An Extension to a Cottage in Buckinghamshire, England; Home on the Outskirts of London, England; A Furniture Showroom in Kyoto, Japan; The ‘Disk Union’ Record Shop in Tokyo, Japan; The 'Shu—Pub' Shoeshop in Tokyo, Japan; The Vacation House of the Architect (Wendell Lovett) on Crane Island, USA; The Home of the Architect (Shoei Yoh) in Fukuoka, Japan; St Birgitta Convent Church in Vadstena, Sweden; The Evangelical Church in Savona, Italy; An Art Collector's Home in Zurich, Switzerland; A Retirement Home in Waiblingen, West Germany; J. C. Decaux Publicité Headquarters at Plaisir, France; A Studio in London NW, England; Alexander Boutique in Rome, Italy; The Frey House in Bellevue, USA (Wendell Lovett); The Country Home of the Designer in Indiana, USA; An Air France Travel Office in Paris, France; A Vacation House at Harbor Springs, Michigan, USA; plus an introduction by Editor Maria Schofield translated from English to additional Spanish and Japanese.
plus much more.
An invaluable series of books on architecture, interior and product design from the 1960s-1980s.
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, 76 pages, 22.5 x 22.5 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Christian Fayt Gallery / Belgium
$60.00 - In stock -
Hardcover monograph on the work of Les Lalanne (Claude Lalanne & Francois-Xavier Lalanne) on the occasion of a major exhibition of their work at Christian Fayt Gallery in Belgium 11.8-16.9, 1984.
Introduction by Daniel Abadie (in French) and reproductions in colour of many of their most notable, incredible sculptural objects.
Les Lalanne are a French artist duo comprising married couple François-Xavier Lalanne (1927–2008) and Claude Lalanne (born 1924).
Francois-Xavier Lalanne was born in Agen, France, and at age 18, he moved to Paris and studied sculpture, drawing and painting at Académie Julian. Francois-Xavier rented a studio in Montparnasse, next door to friend Constantin Brâncuși, who introduced Lalanne to artists such as Max Ernst, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Jean Tinguely. He met Claude Lalanne at his first gallery show in 1952. The show signified an end of painting for François-Xavier as he and Claude began their career sculpting together.
Claude Lalanne (b. 1924) was born in Paris and studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts and at the École des Arts Décoratifs. The couple began attracting public attention in Paris during the 1960s when Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé commissioned them - in particular, Francois-Xavier's realistic bronze cast sheep covered in skin alongside lily vanes cast by Claude were displayed in the library for their library. Francois-Xavier Lalanne became known to the larger public in France in 1976 when the singer Serge Gainsbourg selected a work by Lalanne, the man with the head of a cabbage, for the title and cover of an album in 1976. Together Les Lalanne were known to co-create on projects rather than collaborate. While Francois-Xavier favored sculpting animal themes, Claude preferred vegetation. The themes explored by the two collectively went against the current trend of Abstract art in the 1960s. The couple believed and Francois-Xavier claimed, "the supreme art is the art of living." Their first exhibition together included Francois-Xavier's famous rhinoceros desk, Rhinocrétaire, and Claude's cabbage with chicken legs sculpture. Similar themes by Les Lalanne have classified their works as an ode to Surrealism and Art Nouveau.
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 96 pages (47 Color & 350 b&w ill.), 250 x 280 mm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Harry N. Abrams / New York
$40.00 - Out of stock
What is a chair? More than 300 designers, architects, and furniture makers from around the world attempted to answer that question when they submitted chairs to an exhibition sponsored by The Architectural League of New York in 1986. Made from all manners of materials--steel, fabric, wood, plastic, aluminum, fiberglass--and running from serious solitary utilitarian seats to whimsical models, the range and variety of the designer's answers, all 397 of them illustrated here, are truly stunning.
Opening with American critic and philosopher Arthur C. Danto's essay "The Seat of the Sole", this handsomely designed volume, printed and bound in Japan, features an incredible photographic survey of eclectic chairs from the early 1980s. Amongst them appears Mario Bellini, Enzo Mari, Phillipe Starck, Vignelli designs, Michael Graves, Herman Miller, Ward Bennett, Stomu Miyazaki, Alan Buchsbaum, Knoll, Michele De Lucchi, Marco Zanini, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Emilio Ambasz, Kazuo Kawasaki, Richard Meier, Herbert and Jutta Ohl, Simon Desanta, Vitra Seating, Shigeru Uchida, Giancarlo Piretti, Thonet Industries, Memphis Milano, Hartmut Lohmeyer, to name but a few.