Every well-appointed home needs a curated selection of coffee table books. Displayed at an entry table in the hallway or arranged artfully in the living room, they always incredible value to your home and your world.
Beautiful, inspirational, and informative, coffee table books are not just an excellent design statement. They are an expression of your interests, allowing you to physically surround yourself with an array of topics from art to travel and modern living. They serve as a tangible foundation and something permanent in an oblivious, ephemeral digital environment, chosen to represent the passions that drive you.
Known as art books and illustrative books, one can be deceived that they are just for display. The truth is that what’s beyond the cover is what matters most. A tactile experience providing great inspiration and a broader, more in-depth insight into a topic, all collated in book form. Capable of serving a deeper purpose, the right book on the coffee table can create profound conversations for your guest – simply, open it to display a particular page and let it do the talking.
The universe of the coffee table book is an unwieldy one, so we rounded up some of our favourite books from our own coffee tables to inspire you to build or upgrade your collection.
Dazed: 30 Years Confused: The Covers
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Dazed presented a brand new book focusing on the magazine’s most memorable cover lines from the past three decades. Featuring contributions from the CEO and co-founder of Dazed Media Jefferson Hack, Björk, Tyler Mitchell, Barbara Kruger, Katie Grand and Dev Hynes, the book explores the past, present, and future of Dazed through archival and recent materials, behind-the-scenes snippets and iconic conversations.
Mica by Alastair McKimm
Four years of behind-the-scenes photos of model and muse Mica Argañaraz gathered in a book for your visual pleasure. The pictures were lifted from the camera roll of i-D editor-in-chief and world-renowned fashion director Alastair McKimm’s phone and taken during their many joint fashion collaborations. “The idea came about from the face recognition in iPhotos,” explains McKimm. Titled simply MICA, it is Alastair’s first IDEA book, followed by JEAN – seventy six pages of denim filled fashion photography.
The Story of the Face:
The Magazine That Changed Culture
Launched by NME editor and Smash Hits creator Nick Logan in 1980, The Face quickly became the benchmark for the latest music, fashion, photography, art, architecture, and film trends. Highlighting Neville Brody’s era-defining graphic designs, Nick Knight’s dramatic fashion photography and the ‘Buffalo’ styling of Ray Petri, the publication had deeply transformed the visual culture. The magazine kick-started the success of musicians such as Wham!, Boy George and Sade, and photographers as Robert Mapplethorpe and Bruce Weber.
The Story of the Face is separated into two parts documenting the highs (Part One) and lows (Part Two) of youth culture magazine in the 80s and 90s.
A Girl Walks into a Bar, Katie Grand
A visual history of Katie Grand’s spectacular career – from her early rock-and-roll years at The Face and Pop to becoming one of the most influential tastemakers on the global fashion stage. Exploring editorials, magazine covers, advertising campaigns and runway, the book gives us behind-the-scenes access to what’s close to 25 years of fearless work that has redrawn the boundaries of style.
A reissue of the cult design book, NOVA 1965-1975 celebrates one of the most influential and groundbreaking women magazines in history. Dedicated to the “thinking woman”, the magazine was not just about fashion but discussed political, social and sexual matters, and even controversial topics such as abortion, racism, gay rights and The Pill. Compiled by former art directors David Hillman and Harri Peccinotti, the large-format book features the best articles and covers from the magazine's decade-long history, including works by Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Terence Donovan, Susan Sontag, Harold Pinter and Elizabeth David.
Interview: 50 Years
Founded in 1969 by Andy Warhol as an underground film journal, Interview magazine quickly transformed into the vanguard of the pop art movement. 50-years later, Assouline celebrated this iconic American culture and style symbol with the ultimate coffee table book. Diving into the extraordinary archives, Interview: 50 Years recounts magazine's history through conversations and photography decade by decade.
Fantastic Man: Men of Great Style and Substance
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the cult style bible gathered in a book the 69 of the most fantastic of fantastic men featured amongst its pages. David Beckham, Tom Ford, Ewan McGregor, Helmut Lang and 66 more esteemed gentlemen, photographed by iconic photographers like Juergen Teller, Bruce Weber and Wolfgang Tillmans and discussed by the finest minds in the industry.