Coffee table books are one of my favorite indulgences. Anytime I have a chance to browse a bookstore I head straight to the fashion, food, architecture, design & travel section to discover the latest in beautiful hard-cover books.
Not only are they a beautifully curated photographic source of inspiration; they bring depth, dimension and interest to spaces throughout your home.
Whether casually stacked on an oversized tray on the coffee table or featured on an entry-way console paired with a candle and decorative object, they immediately add sophistication and a personalized touch.
I love gifting coffee table books this time of year because it is such a great way to show the recipient that you have put time and effort into acknowledging their interests by giving a book that reflects the same.
From design, fashion, architecture, cooking, photography to pets, here is a curated selection of the newest (and most aesthetically appealing) books for everyone on your list:
'A cookery encyclopedia, known for its authoritative and comprehensive account of the culinary world, past and present'.
'Koichi Takada is part of a new generation of architects striving to bring nature back into the urban environment- This elegant volume showcases a series of Takada’s recent projects, illustrating the unique way his talent connects the natural and the designed'
'Mert and Marcus, the creative force who have styled and shot some of the most powerful brands and personalities of our time, from Miu Miu to Angelina Jolie, Givenchy to Gisele Bündchen. 300 pictures illuminate the hyper-glamorous, hyper-glossy repertoire of a creative partnership that has defined and redefined standards for fashion'
4. FAYE TOOGOOD
'Faye Toogood is unlike any other designer. Her impressive creative output encompasses not only furniture, but sculpture, fashion, interiors, and homeware. This book is the first to explore Toogood’s unique approach to design across disciplines through the studio’s guiding principles: drawing, material, sculpture, and landscape'
5. THIS IS HOME
''This Is Home is about simple living - how to focus on our values to create authentic homes full of meaning and joy. Natalie Walton steps inside fifteen homes across the world to meet the people who made them, and discover whether there is some universality to what makes us happy in the spaces we inhabit'
'A fascinating account of the story of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech – and a gorgeous homage to creativity- pre-order for shipping January 2022'
'70 years of DIOR history set against the bustle of Times Square: this was Peter Lindbergh’s concept,- In this two-volume compendium, the legendary photographer’s final book project, discover the shoot in never-before-published images'
8. PAUL R. WILLIAMS CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD STYLE
'Over a career spanning six decades, architect Paul Revere Williams came to define what gracious living looked like for the Hollywood elite. Williams mastered an array of architectural idioms to create the sophisticated yet understated showplaces that are featured here in all new full-color photography'
9. RESIDENT DOG
'As an architecture photographer, Nicole England found that the shoots she enjoyed the most were the ones where dogs were present. However imposing the architecture, some doggy hijinks can immediately bring an element of sociability and fun'
'From his Great (Bamboo) Wall house to the Japan National Stadium for the Tokyo Olympic Summer Games, originally planned for 2020, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma pioneered a truly sustainable approach to contemporary architecture, translating local craftsmanship and resources into a new tactile architecture'