Coffee table books have to be one of my favorite items to purchase, not only are they great to flip through lounging on the couch on a lazy Sunday afternoon but they make great conversation starters and even better decorations when stacked ornately.
They are a beautiful, weighty and satisfying gift to give. You never know, if you choose a great book, you might just surprise them with their favourite gift of the season and few things look more sophisticated than having a nice stack of ink-drenched tomes in your living room. I’ve compiled a gift guide for a variety of personalities on you holiday shopping list.
Vogue Living: Houses Gardens People by Hamish Bowles
This unique coffee table book gives you a glimpse into the homes of the fashion, music and art stylemakers of the world. With stunning photographs by celebrated photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and Miles Aldridge we get to take a look at the owners and how they live. Find it at Book Depository
Vintage Remix: The Interiors of Kishani Perera
Kishani Perera is probably best known for designing model-actor Molly Simms’ Los Angeles home, but if you love interior design and aren’t already familiar with her work, Vintage Remix is a must-read. With an eclectic-luxe aesthetic and high- and low-end resources, Perera’s work is part style guide, part eye candy. Find it at Abrams Books
Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara
For the food lovers, this coffee table book is a gorgeous cookbook from one of New York City’s most popular fine-dining restaurants. With over 125 recipes accompanied by stunning photographs this cookbook can be both a coffee table piece and a book used in the kitchen. Find it at Good Reads
Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design by Deborah N. Landis
With Hollywood’s most memorable movie moments, it is the perfect coffee table book for any movie buff. Drawing on years of research, this book features stories, sketches and photographs of some of the most iconic costumes in cinematic history. Find it at Book Depository
The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd
An internationally acclaimed interior design sensation, Miles Redd is known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour. This lavishly illustrated volume features a diverse selection of his unique interiors, an inspiration to anyone interested in spirited, eclectic design. Plus, interior design books are always great to have on hand, because they give those who aren’t so stylishly inclined a look at what it actually takes to create a beautiful home. Find it at Assouline
Are you as obsessed with coffee table books as I am? Do you like to purchase books as gifts? Personally, I’m most addicted to coffee table books on fashion and interior design, but I’d happily to place any of these gorgeous books on my coffee table or book shelf.