Guest Picks: 20 Coffee Table Books for Style Lovers
Take a page from interior design, fashion, art and travel tomes for inspiration and intrigue
The books resting on any coffee table say a great deal about the people who placed them there. Coffee table books offer a fabulous opportunity to showcase one's interests. These page turners provide plenty of character — and a happy dose of color is a welcome side effect. These books will get your wheels turning to help you make your perfect stack, no matter which volumes you choose to place on your own coffee table. — Alison from Long Distance Loving
Cuba is a land of mystery for many Americans, so you can guarantee that your guests will be quick to pick up this book. With vibrant pictures and stories, it will keep them entertained while you put the final touches on dinner.
Black and white, the quintessentially classic color combination, comes to life in this 350-page volume. It showcases how the world's best designers utilize the pairing and how you might implement it in your own home.
Capturing the art of the 20th century in a few hundred pages isn't an easy task, but this book makes it into a beautiful one.
Celebrating their 20th year, the people behind kate spade amassed a few of their favorite things and were kind enough to share them with the rest of us. Expect color, fun and cheer throughout.
As if the cover isn't evidence enough, this book is an ode to Allegra Hicks' amazing patterns. It's sure to catch any guest's eye.
Thom Filicia, interior designer extraordinaire, channels the New American style in this page-turner. The true beauty of American design rings through and stirs nostalgia in anyone who opens it.
Bold and bright, The Art Book is a hefty tome that won't go unopened. It's 592 pages of colorful goodness.
As Vogue's creative director, Grace Coddington has seen all that the fashion world has to offer. In this colorful memoir, her stories come to life and paint a picture of an incredibly driven woman and visionary.
As the follow-up to another fantastic coffee table book, Modern Glamour, Kelly Wearstler wows again with Hue. The title holds true with bold bursts of color in Wearstler's designs.
This gorgeously designed cookbook is worthy of any coffee table. Filled with recipes from one of London's best restaurants, it beautifully captures how food can be fast and still delicious.
Monochrome features work from more than 20 designers known the world over and pays homage to this conscious choice of color in design. It would also serve as a nice anchor in any stack of coffee table books.
This outstanding compilation of one of the New York Times' most-beloved columns will provide plenty of inspiration for future weekend jaunts.
Take a colorful journey across the 20th century with Pantone. Leave it to the widely known authority on color to illustrate how this colorful century evolved.
Nichole Robertson offers a unique examination of Paris in this bright and beautiful book. Through her lens, every reader gets a glimpse at a Paris that often goes unseen.
Stripes, the staple in any French woman's wardrobe, steal the show on the cover of this perfectly pretty book. With sketches and photos of Parisian street style, it is the ticket to a chic tomorrow.
Yves Saint Laurent is captured like never before in this punchy pink book that is filled to the brim with 40 years of truly phenomenal fashion.
Juxtaposing two of the world's biggest cities, Paris versus New York is an entertaining illustration of what makes these two megalopolises so unique.
Have you ever looked for a book to give you attainable design advice? Deborah Needleman gives it to you straight in The Perfectly Imperfect Home. It won't look so shabby on your coffee table either.
Photographer Anne Deniau received unprecedented access to the fashion mogul Alexander McQueen in his final 13 years. This photo-filled book is a beautiful compilation of a true fashion visionary.
Ideabook updated on Feb. 20, 2013.
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