This is exactly what I want to Christmas — a great coffee table book!
You simply cannot go wrong with a good book as your choice of gift; and while the coffee table book arena is a bit unwieldy, we have pulled out the ones that are great for the foodie, design lover, photography buff and more.
It's the book your coffee table was made for…
“An intimate insight into one the world's most well known faces before she was famous... like being granted access to the supermodel's private diary... Beautiful black and white images capture her during rare moments of unguarded intimacy, in bed or naked on the beach, before she became one of the world's most recognizable faces... We all remember our first love, but unlike Moss and Sorrenti, all we have to show for it are a few love letters and happy memories. Kate is a dream-like reminder of those heady feelings, and a celebration of the beginning of a contemporary career. It's the book your coffee table was made for."—Stylist
This book will make even the most curmudgeonly among us break out in a smile…
“Ah, the glorious, independent, enigmatic cat. You know, the little soul who demands your attention immediately or makes like you never existed. One is simply a so-called cat person or not. Writers and artists are, of course, are the ardent cat fanciers of the world (this I know). When this book arrived on my doorstep I set aside everything to check out what kind of cats my favourite writers fancied. Some appeared to go solo, while others amassed piles of ‘em. Of course we all know about Ernest Hemingway, long considered the “most famous literary cat fancier” of them all. Naturally Papa Hemingway and his cats were ones I wanted to check out.
Every author covered in this book has an utterly charming portrait of him or herself with their feline companion or companions. Why just look at Jirō Osaragi (Haruhiko Nojiri) and seven charmers and you’ll be envious! Back to Hemingway, who insists that “A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” A truer sentiment was never expressed concerning the cat, a critter who lets you know exactly how you stand in his eyes.
This book was not what many would consider to be a quick read and then one tossed aside, but rather one to return to time and time again to savor. I did race through it initially, but went back to pore over both the written word and those cats. Did you know they can make the most curmudgeonly among us smile? They can. The portraits in this book most certainly show the softer, more loving side of their souls when their cats are beside them. I loved this book and most certainly will read it a couple of times before I hand it along so others can enjoy it” - D.Fowler
This alone makes the book a must-have collectible
“Lavishly illustrated with 250 photographs and illustrations, this book features Pharrell Williams’s prolific and ever-expanding body of work in a graphic language all his own. Straddling art, design, and hip-hop, Pharrell’s creative output is without peer or precedent. By playing off different disciplines—music, fashion, and contemporary art—Pharrell has redefined the role of the contemporary artist, blazing a trail for other musicians and cultural figures. Expanding on themes covered in Places and Spaces I’ve Been, this book gathers a new group of collaborators. Engaging Pharrell in conversation, talents as diverse as Karl Lagerfeld and Takashi Murakami position Pharrell’s work within contemporary visual and material culture.
Featuring work with artists as diverse as JR, Alex Katz, Mr., and Daniel Arsham, the book highlights recent projects and designs for Chanel, Moncler, Moynat, and Adidas. But at the heart is the visual language that Pharrell has built around his Ice Cream/Billionaire Boys Club clothing line, which integrates streetwear into the design of apparel, accessories, limited-edition toys, and skate graphics. This alone makes the book a must-have collectible” - Online Review
Colourful and bizarre interiors which resemble Wes Anderson movie sets
This collection features about 300 photographs with insightful captions, as well as an introductory essay where Wainwright charts the history and development of Pyongyang, explaining how the architecture and interiors embody the national “Juche” ideology and questioning what the future holds for the architectural ambitions of this enigmatic country.
A fascinating photographic tour of North Korea’s colourful and bizarre interiors which resemble Wes Anderson movie sets. — Daily Mail, London
Packed with insight into the creative process…
“As an artist, it's difficult to read even a few pages of this book without getting new ideas about what I might want to make next. If you're looking for insight into what fuels the fashion industry's creative engine, this book delivers. See directly into the living and work spaces of fashion's biggest names and it's up-and-comers. Read Todd's quirky interview questions and his subjects' inventive responses. The book's lavish production, prodigious size and aesthetic punch make it a great bargain. I highly recommend it to those on the Fashion World's creative side and anyone else who wants to see visual ingenuity in utero.” - Alfred Steiner III
A must have for Helmut Newton fans!
“Now that Helmut Newton's Sumo is available for the mass public, and no longer costing $5000+ for a massive podium-sized version, getting a copy is a no-brainer for anyone remotely interested in the king of kink's work. The book is fairly complete in terms of touching all of the major areas of Helmut's work and won't seem too repetitious for owners of previous books. While a lot smaller than the aforementioned original gigantic version, the reprint is still massive in comparison to most other coffee table books. It weights more than 15lbs and comes with a sleek acrylic book stand for display on your favorite shelf, credenza, or table. I was happy with the reproduction quality of the book and the binding seems durable enough for many years of viewing. Highly recommended.” - Pat T (Online Review)
This photographic tribute to the City of Angels provides a fascinating journey through the city’s cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history…
“From the first known photograph taken in Los Angeles to its most recent sweeping vistas, this photographic tribute to the City of Angels provides a fascinating journey through the city’s cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history. It traces the city’s development from the 1880s’ real estate boom, through the early days of Hollywood and the urban sprawl of the late 20th century, right up to the present day. With over 500 images, L.A. is shown emerging from a desert wasteland to become a vast palm-studded urban metropolis.
This book depicts Los Angeles in all its glory and grit, via hundreds of freshly discovered images including those of Julius Shulman, Garry Winogrand, William Claxton and many other photographers, culled from major historical archives, museums, private collectors, and universities. These are given context and resonance through essays by renowned California historian Kevin Starr and Los Angeles literature expert David L. Ulin.” - Amazon
A homage to Berlin’s inhabitants: full of hope and strength, in their faces is reflected Berlin’s undying soul
“Berlin has survived two world wars, was divided by a wall during the Cold War, and after the fall of the wall was reunited. The city emerged as a center of European power and culture. From 1860 to the present day, this book presents the story of Berlin in photographs, portraits, and aerial views. With 560 pages of emotional, atmospheric images, from giddy pictures of the Roaring Twenties to devastating images of war to heartwarming postwar photos of a city picking up the pieces—the Reichstag in ruins and later wrapped by Christo and Jeanne-Claude—this is the most comprehensive photographic study on Berlin ever made.
Among the photographs are works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, René Burri, Robert Capa, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans as well as well-known Berlin photo-chroniclers such as Friedrich Seidenstücker, Erich Salomon, Willy Römer, and Heinrich Zille. Quotations from Berliners and Berlin connoisseurs such as Vladimir Nabokov, Alfred Döblin, Herwarth Walden, Marlene Dietrich, Billy Wilder, Willy Brandt, Helmut Newton, Sir Simon Rattle, and David Bowie give voices to the imagery. More than a tribute to the city and its civic, social, and photographic history, this book especially pays homage to Berlin’s inhabitants: full of hope and strength, in their faces is reflected Berlin’s undying soul.” - Amazon
Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Vreeland, and Marilyn Monroe, all featured in unforgettable photographs…
Slim Aarons: Women explores the central subject of Slim Aarons’s career—the extraordinary women from the upper echelons of high society, the arts, fashion, and Hollywood. The book presents the women who most influenced Aarons’s life and work—and the other remarkable personalities he photographed along the way, including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Vreeland, and Marilyn Monroe, all featured in unforgettable photographs. The collection contains more than 200 images, the majority of which have not appeared in previous books, along with detailed captions written by one of Aarons’s closest colleagues. Showcasing beautiful women at their most glamorous in some of the most dazzling locations across the globe, Slim Aarons: Women is a fresh look at the acclaimed photographer through the muses who inspired his most incredible photographs.
This would be the perfect gift for any female creative :)
“Immediately upon learning Grace had put together this book, I couldn't wait to order it and start reading! Anna Rifle Bond is one of my greatest design heroines, and I was thrilled to see her inclusion in the book. As a designer, I couldn't help but love the soft texture of the cover with the debossed type, the solid pink inner cover, and the beautiful photo of Dana Tanamachi's studio. Ugh!!! My original intent was to read one interview each night before bed. NO CHANCE! Instead I read 15 last night and couldn't put it down. I suspect I will have to start reading this in the mornings rather than at night because it makes me so energized I just want to get up and design something. Thank you, Grace, for this lovely idea! This would be the perfect gift for any female creative. On top of it all, the photography is beautiful and inspiring. I just absolutely love it.” - Online Review
"Food in Vogue" is big, bold, never shy, and artfully abstract. It's a celebration of cuisine and culture, presented with inimitable style by the editors of Vogue…
“An appropriately oversized and exuberant coffee-table book, "Food in Vogue" is offered by the Editors of Vogue as part of the magazine's 125th anniversary. One of the most iconic publications of all time, Vogue wears its age well, showing a zest for food and food facts that will have foodies turning the pages with relish. The photos are vivid and have a fun, funky, fabulous vibe all their own--after all, this is food, done by Vogue. The articles are eclectic and fascinating, ranging from how many coffeemakers you have in your home and why you have them, to "Simply Red", an ode to ketchup, and to an unsuccessful attempt to smuggle French butter out of France (confiscated at the Charles de Gaulle airport). The roster of photographers and food writers who have left an indelible essence of talent throughout the years includes: Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Anton Corbijn, Annie Lebovitz, Jeffrey Steingarten, Tamar Adler, Oliver Strand, and others. "Food in Vogue" is big, bold, never shy, and artfully abstract. It's a celebration of cuisine and culture, presented with inimitable style by the editors of Vogue.” - Virginia Campbell