When it comes to decorating your home and choosing gifts to give, there are two items that no one can ever have enough of and you really can’t really go wrong with giving: high quality candles and coffee table books. I’ve always been obsessed with candles and books because they add so much more character to a space and make it personal. Similar to how clothes speak for themselves, home decor does as well.
Coffee table books are timeless artifacts that show one’s interests whether that be art, architecture, cars, design, fashion, films, food, history, inspiring quotes, music, or travel.
There is a coffee table book for everyone.
Giving a coffee table book as a gift shows that you are thoughtful and took time to find a book that someone specific would truly enjoy for years to come. Coffee table books are timeless items that have multiple uses – whether you use them traditionally by placing on your coffee table or stack them up and use them as a side table. They are one of the most versatile home decor items that can truly transform any surface and space by adding a little character. I also find coffee table books as great conversation starters and fun to flip through when you need some extra inspiration that doesn’t come from the internet. These perfectly, oversized, visual books will surely help get your creative juices flowing again.
Anytime I buy a lovely oversized coffee table book for someone else, I usually end up treating myself too. It’s art and knowledge mixed into one object so why not right?
With all the research I have done on this topic, I thought it was time to create an ultimate coffee table book list to share with you.
I’ve rounded up the ultimate coffee table book list which is comprised of 50 of the best coffee table books.
Have you guys come across any new coffee table books I should add to my list?
50 OF THE BEST COFFEE TABLE BOOKS TO SHOP
Poolside With Slim Aarons
If there’s one female leader in history who truly forged a new path for women, it’s Coco Chanel. The bold fashion designer revolutionized style all while building her own global empire that is now considered one of the world’s most luxurious houses. She was the original #ladyboss. Her modern aesthetic and bold attitude liberated women from their traditional garb and showed them the power of a chic pantsuit. She inadvertently changed the entire fashion landscape with her revolutionary style. ($49)
Garance Doré has charmed us with her effortless French style, impeccable wit, and fresh approach to fashion on her self-titled site. If like us, you’re one of the millions of fans who’ve bookmarked her blog, then you’ll adore this beautiful behind-the-scenes compilation of her life, travels and candid tales. Consider this your backstage pass to the world of Garance. ($20)
Chic Stays: Conde Nast TravellerÂ s Favorite People on Their Favorite Places
For the strong females in your life. ($29)
For the music lovers and artists. ($20)
Timeless classic. ($200)
Great gift for dad or anyone who loves The Beatles. So everyone. ($49)
For men and women – this is a must have. ($93)
Milk and Honey By Rupi Kaur
For the intellectuals. ($32)
Explore the extensive works of world-renowned fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh who has shot some of pop cultures most famous figures.($50)
Bring the luxury and elegance of Venice into your home with this beautiful book. ($62)
This book brings the vibrant, bohemian-chic energy of Ibiza into your home, and will definitely stand out. ($60)
The Big Book of Chic shares selections of superstar interior designer Miles Redd’s lavish decors. It’s not just a book; it’s also constant design inspiration! ($80)
A breathtaking book that will take you on a trip around the world, and satisfy your wanderlust while you’re at home. ($57)
Beverly Hills is the essence of glamour and luxury, and this book is certain to bring some Beverly Hills vibes into your home. ($34)
A truly striking book; Oscar De La Renta will captivate you and bring his timeless style and elegance to your home. ($96)
Ray and Charles Eames contributed greatly to the world of interior design and making chic design accessible to everyone. Definitely a must have! ($9)
Feel what it’s like to be a part of one of the most stylish, energetic cities in the world by having this book on display. ($22)
By Klaus Honnef
For the Andy Warhol fan who wants to expand their knowledge of the art movement beyond the soup can. ($12)
If you’re stuck on what to watch on movie night, pick up this book, flip and point—it’ll save you a Netflix battle and teach you a little film history. ($17)
By National Geographic
A travel bucket list that can live on your coffee table, always pushing and reminding you to book that flight. ($27)
Inspire summer daydreams at any time of the year with this oversized book. ($28)
Essential reading for any Vinyl fanatic. ($20)
Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age
By Graydon Carter
All the glamour of the famous magazine looked at through the lense of history. ($58)For Friends by Alessandra Borghese And Alessandra d’Urso
Photos of socialite ladies sitting by the pool in Palm Springs and sunbathing on Greek islands abound in the latest Slim Aarons compilation, Women, written by Aarons’s former assistant Laura Hawk. ($57)
Okay, it’s $2,500, and not available till January, but if you have the money to spare, a preorder of Taschen’s latest SUMO edition, a massive (literally) monograph of painter David Hockney’s work, is a really special gift.
The second volume of this TASCHEN architecture piece takes a look at at one of the oldest raw materials in history. This work, focusing on the sole use of wood in architecture, is certainly interesting and unique. ($38)
Assouline’s latest recipe guide to drinks and spirits explores the “new golden age” of craft cocktails. The Craft Cocktails book highlights the very best in drink concoctions as presented by mixologist Brian Van Flandern. ($35)
Gestalten’s The Ride is a great work for fans of all things motorcycle. This publication looks to champion those who build and those who ride with 320 full-color pages. ($47)
This fascinating work looks into a unique topic: Airline culture, and every aspect of it including fashion, food and design. A fun choice for a costume designer or historian friend. ($12)
One of our favorite Publications, Monocle, offers their first hardback book. Editor Andrew Tuck explains that the amalgamation of content over the years points to the simple idea of how to live life just a bit better. ($50)
Over 400 of the world’s most renowned chefs offer up their favorite places to dine which span from high-brow destinations, to diners, burger joints, and everything in between. Maybe there’s something in your neighborhood. ($16)
TASCHEN Sexy Books editor Dian Hanson compiles the history and evolution of pin-up magazines from 1900 to 1969. ($29)
Hugh Hefner presents his illustrated autobiography covering his wildly successful career and personal life in this massive six-volume set. ($105)
If you know someone who loves Louis Vuitton bags — or designer bags in general — but you can’t afford to buy them one, this coffee table book on the history of LV’s City Bags is a perfect gift. The book records the evolution of the brand’s iconic leather goods, “mimicking the scientific classifications of animals and plants.” ($53)
This title by Ursus Wehrli is an intriguing collection of foods, plants, people, cars, toys, and even people, organized graphically by size, color, and composition. ($10)