They’re thoughtful, inspiring, and best of all: beautiful. Coffee table books are an easy way to bring visual (and literary) interest into the mix of your decor, giving an uninspired tabletop a new sense of purpose. Plus, what better way to entertain guests (and prove how cultured you really are) than with a thoughtfully curated collection that immediately catches their eye? And if you need to do some cutting down before you add to your own collection, there’s nothing more memorable and chic than gifting a book to a friend. From the obvious contenders, like design-inspired recipe books and beach-forward travel guides, to more quirky niches, like a book of sneakers or an exploration of the color pink, we’ve compiled a well-rounded list of the best coffee table books we could get our hands (and eyes) on.
So take a look below for our editors’ picks on the coolest—and most visually stimulating— coffee table books to gift (or keep) this year.
We can all get behind this classic ROY.G.BIV cover work, but what you’ll find within the pages of Colorstrology is equally as enticing. Inspired by the Pantone color system, this book examines the way color ties into our astrology, numerology, lives, and relationships, with an exploration of color theory for every day of the year.
A vivid inspection of the late and great work of artist Keith Haring, this color-punched book takes you through the controversial and dynamic work of one of America’s most celebrated artists. His playful style, which includes street art, pop art, graffiti, and sculpture, tells not only the tale of his own creative development, but also highlights the visual culture of the 20th century.
The world would be a better place if we all just admitted that appetizers are the best part of a meal, right? If you’re not convinced, this compilation of over 200 simple tapas recipes embodies all that is great about Spanish cuisine. From traditional creations to modern renditions—with drink pairings to bring it all together—this culture-forward cookbook is your tastebuds’ new best friend.
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Supreme has made a great dent in the world of fashion. Perfect for any hypebeast or fashion junkie, this book—written by Supreme’s founder James Jebbia—provides a comprehensive outline of how the New York City-based, skater-forward brand became a symbol of modern-day street fashion and business.
Aside from the irresistible creamy pastel-striped cover, American Boys is a tender and exciting trove worth digging into. Filled with portraits of the trans-masculine community, you will find within the pages an evolution of gender identity (and fluidity) in American culture over the years.
Groove to the music—and the pages—of this Bruce W. Talamon book, which is filled with the photographer’s intimate depictions of some of soul, funk, and R&B’s most notable stars. From Marvin Gaye, to Donna Summer, Diana Ross, and more, many of these photos were largely unpublished or unseen, until now.
In the world of photography, Walter George Chandoha was the crazy cat man. The prolific photographer—best known for his portraits of cats—made his mark through his captivating depictions of our favorite feline friends. Now, the late photographer’s most iconic work has been compiled in this tributary book, with work from 1942-2018.
This enticing and inspiring travel book features a vivacious selection of homes from one of the world’s most culture-rich destinations: Morocco. Barbara and René Stoeltie’s picks are not only a demonstration of Moroccan style, they provide a transportive journey through all that the country has to offer.
Whether you’re a tourist, New York City native, old or young, passing by or stopping to enjoy a croissant outside, the windows at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship are universally beloved, and transcendent over time. This glamorous book presents a curated tour of the displays that continue to make their mark of American culture and beyond.
Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman has made her mark on the industry for decades. From her early modeling days, to her freelance fashion reporting, to her wildly successful time at Vogue, Point of View celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s biggest names, written from her perspective.
If you know Gray Malin from or , you’re likely to fall in with his new, mesmerizing book: Italy. From the Riviera to Cinque Terre, his distinctive photographs highlight the bella vistas that the idyllic country has to offer.
Sneakerheads, rejoice. The Ultimate Sneaker Book, written by Simon “Woody” Wood—the founder of magazine Sneaker Freaker—takes readers through the 100 years+ evolution of the kicks that transverse over time. With over 650 pages of “funny and serious, meaningful and pointless at the same time” work, this book is a history lesson—and source of inspo—that every fashion junkie should have.
Eating salad will never feel like a dietary chore again, thanks to Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists. Based on the —which features dozens of recipes and artist interviews and contributions—author Julie Sherman proves that salad can be fun and delicious, and can be paired with soups, entrees, and even cocktails—from light to hearty. This book follows dozens of artists—in the kitchen—and explores the ways in which they craft their own delectable versions of this staple.
With the current craze of millennial pink, you may wonder how this color became so culturally significant. In Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, the cultural relevance, fashion influence, and general symbol of the iconic shade is explored from the 18th century to today.
Perfect for the design lover, architect, or stylish homemaker, this detailed trove documents the evolution of the chair, from 1808 to the present day, with over 1,000 illustrations and detailed descriptions.
Legendary photographer William Wegman has been universally celebrated for his whimsical photos of his Wemaraner dogs, which have made appearances in fashion magazines and museums alike. This adorably chic book, crafted by photography curator William A. Ewing, presents over 300 images of Wegman's work.
Take a look at some of British and American Vogue's most memorable photographs from 1972 to 2002, accompanied by writing from fashion editor Grace Coddington herself. Both monograph and memoir, this book honors Coddington's work at the major fashion magazine, with forewords written by designer Karl Lagerfeld and American Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.
Artist and designer Ashley Hicks showcases his photographs while detailing the history of Buckingham Palace's interiors. Home to the British Royal family since 1837, the palace represents some of the most impressive executions of Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian styles.
Dive into the world of sofas with this gorgeously illustrated celebration of how the furniture staple has evolved over the centuries. This book reveals some of the most inventive creations from the 20th century to now, with both profiles of the designers and practical shopping guides.
This landmark design book celebrates the internationally acclaimed work of Massimo and Lella Vignelli, who founded Vignelli Associates in the 60s, with influence in the graphics, interiors, and product industries.
This chic catalogue showcases the work of French flower painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté. His work captured the diversity of flowering plants through watercolor paintings, which were then published as copper engravings. This book offers an intimate look at Redouté’s most impressive work, packaged in a beautiful flower cover.
If you love fashion and interiors, chances are you know Iris Apfel. At 97 years old, this renowned icon shares her vibrance through this beautiful book, filled with a lavish collection of musings, anecdotes, and more–all through the scope of her innate candor, exuberance and wit. The cover alone is enough reason to stack this on your coffee table.
This iconic tome features a collection of photos from one of America's most influential photographers, Annie Leibovitz. The perfect gift for photography junkies and culture-lovers alike, the exciting content and sleek cover is perfect for any coffee table.
This expansive book examines the end of a millennium through some of the most iconic ads that define the '90s. Anyone who loves advertising or media needs to take a look at this cultural landmine of information and coolness. From food and fashion to entertainment and cars, this six-chapter book is an iconic read.
This earthy, minimalist book offers all the information any plant owner could need regarding how to choose and care for more than 100 houseplants. The practical advice and beautiful imagery makes this the perfect gift for aesthetes and plant lovers alike.
The Missoni family may best be known for their revolutionary knitwear, but in addition to their incredible fashion successes, the family was known for their love of entertaining. The Missoni dinner parties are some of the most coveted at Fashion Week, and the food itself is just as impressive. This vibrant cookbook details some of the Missoni family's favorite recipes, all collected and curated by Francesco Maccapani Missoni, the son of Angela Missoni. Beautiful to look at and filled with delectable dishes, this book is an exciting take on food and fashion.
Hunt Slonem, the American painter, sculptor, and printmaker, is best known for his eclectic work featured in galleries all over the world, including the Guggenheim Museum, The Met, and the Smithsonian. This book showcases Slonem's latest project and most recent foray: the interior design of The Colonel Louis Watres Armory, a 1900 structure that he transformed into a vibrant, wondrous, and historically potent space.
The life and accomplishments of Frida Kahlo are still highly praised to this day. For feminists, art aficionados, and culture lovers alike, this book is a perfect gift filled with great sentiment. The unique book is a copy of the artist's journal that she kept during her last 10 years of life. Filled with her thoughts, poems, and dreams, the intimate content is captivating and beautiful.
Perfect for the well-traveled-traveler, this book features exotic places and new perspectives beyond the most common destinations. Based on The New York Times' distinguished travel section, each journey and destination features first-person narratives, incredible photography, and practical information–delivered in a unique and personality-filled way. Complete with 25 trips for the curious traveler, this exciting book will be special to whoever is lucky enough to receive it.
In celebration of Dior's 70th birthday, this beautiful tome was released as the first in a series of books that explore the designers who had creative control at this French fashion house. This edition looks at Christian Dior's most iconic creations from 1947-1957. The photography is breathtaking and the designs are just as grand. Gifting this 500+ page book will give the people you love an iconic piece of fashion history.