10 Amazing Coffee Table Books

Some books are meant only to be read. Others are meant to be displayed and admired – like on your coffee tables. And then they become a part of your home’s décor. Here are 10 amazing coffee table books to add a little beauty to your life.

1. Art and Sole by Jane Gershon Weitzman.

Art and Sole belongs on every shoe-lover’s coffee table, featuring several different shoes that were displayed in the window of Stuart Weitzman’s flagship store. Art and Sole makes up for the lack of text with stunning images.

2. Tattoo by Pascal Bagot, Joe Cummings, Anna Felicity Friedman and Sebastien Galliot.

You might think tattoos are the sole domain of 20-year-old hipsters. But in fact, tattooing is a significant cultural practice dating back thousands of years. Tattoo traces the history of the art and its meaning in cultures around the world.

3. A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life by Mary Randolph Carter.

Most interior design books feature glossy magazine-quality spreads that hardly ever look lived in. But Mary Randolph Carter embraces the idea that a place can be beautiful and cluttered at the same time. Her book is filled with images and essays that attest to that fact.

4. Transcuba by Mariette Pathy Allen, Mariela Castro Espín, Allen Frame and Wendy Watriss.

Cuba is probably the last place you expect to be open to transgender culture – but in fact, the Cuban transgender community is quite open in comparison to most other places in the world. Transcuba is full of photographs and interviews that give us a glimpse into this deeply foreign world.

5. Marvel Comics: Seventy-Five Years of Cover Art by DK Publishing.

If you like superheroes, you’ll love this book, which is far from just a collection of old Marvel covers. The book is broken up by time period and has plenty of information on the covers, including information on the artist, the storyline and any relevant historical commentary. There’s even blown-up versions so you can examine them in detail.

6. Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs by Ansel Adams and Andrea G. Stillman.

Ansel Adams is one of the best environmental photographers to ever have lived. 400 Photographs compiles some of his best work, spanning over 30 decades, as he took several landscape photographs throughout the United States. The photos might be black-and-white, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful.

7. Portraits by Steve McCurry.

Steve McCurry is perhaps best-known for the picture on the cover of Portraits, which features an Afghan girl with piercing green eyes. But Steve McCurry is a prolific photographer, traveling around the world on assignment. Portraits is a collection of some of his best work, packed with powerful photographs of people around the world.

8. I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar: A Collection of Egregious Errors, Disconcerting Bloopers, and Other Linguistic Slip-Ups by Sharon Eliza Nichols.

Do your friends hate when you correct this grammar? This book is perfect! It’s a hilarious tour around the world of grammatical errors – and you can laugh with your other grammar stickler friends to your heart’s content.

9. The New York Times: 36 Hours, 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada by Barbara Ireland.

Everybody talks about the importance of travel – but when they say so, they often mean traveling to exotic corners of the globe. But what about all the amazing destinations right in our own backyard? Get a little inspiration with this book, based on the New York Times‘ popular column on how to spend 36 hours in various places.

10. Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything by Stephen Bayley.

Let’s face it: with their focus on fashion and art, a lot of coffee tables are geared towards women. But this one is guy-friendly and bound to captivate practically anyone! Learn all about the history of cars, with special attention to “the most beautiful 86 cars ever manufactured.”

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

Some books are meant only to be read. Others are meant to be displayed and admired – like on your coffee tables. And then they become a part of your home’s décor. Here are 10 amazing coffee table books to add a little beauty to your life.

1. Art and Sole by Jane Gershon Weitzman.

Art and Sole belongs on every shoe-lover’s coffee table, featuring several different shoes that were displayed in the window of Stuart Weitzman’s flagship store. Art and Sole makes up for the lack of text with stunning images.

2. Tattoo by Pascal Bagot, Joe Cummings, Anna Felicity Friedman and Sebastien Galliot.

You might think tattoos are the sole domain of 20-year-old hipsters. But in fact, tattooing is a significant cultural practice dating back thousands of years. Tattoo traces the history of the art and its meaning in cultures around the world.

3. A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of a Misspent Life by Mary Randolph Carter.

Most interior design books feature glossy magazine-quality spreads that hardly ever look lived in. But Mary Randolph Carter embraces the idea that a place can be beautiful and cluttered at the same time. Her book is filled with images and essays that attest to that fact.

4. Transcuba by Mariette Pathy Allen, Mariela Castro Espín, Allen Frame and Wendy Watriss.

Cuba is probably the last place you expect to be open to transgender culture – but in fact, the Cuban transgender community is quite open in comparison to most other places in the world. Transcuba is full of photographs and interviews that give us a glimpse into this deeply foreign world.

5. Marvel Comics: Seventy-Five Years of Cover Art by DK Publishing.

If you like superheroes, you’ll love this book, which is far from just a collection of old Marvel covers. The book is broken up by time period and has plenty of information on the covers, including information on the artist, the storyline and any relevant historical commentary. There’s even blown-up versions so you can examine them in detail.

6. Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs by Ansel Adams and Andrea G. Stillman.

Ansel Adams is one of the best environmental photographers to ever have lived. 400 Photographs compiles some of his best work, spanning over 30 decades, as he took several landscape photographs throughout the United States. The photos might be black-and-white, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful.

7. Portraits by Steve McCurry.

Steve McCurry is perhaps best-known for the picture on the cover of Portraits, which features an Afghan girl with piercing green eyes. But Steve McCurry is a prolific photographer, traveling around the world on assignment. Portraits is a collection of some of his best work, packed with powerful photographs of people around the world.

8. I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar: A Collection of Egregious Errors, Disconcerting Bloopers, and Other Linguistic Slip-Ups by Sharon Eliza Nichols.

Do your friends hate when you correct this grammar? This book is perfect! It’s a hilarious tour around the world of grammatical errors – and you can laugh with your other grammar stickler friends to your heart’s content.

9. The New York Times: 36 Hours, 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada by Barbara Ireland.

Everybody talks about the importance of travel – but when they say so, they often mean traveling to exotic corners of the globe. But what about all the amazing destinations right in our own backyard? Get a little inspiration with this book, based on the New York Times‘ popular column on how to spend 36 hours in various places.

10. Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything by Stephen Bayley.

Let’s face it: with their focus on fashion and art, a lot of coffee tables are geared towards women. But this one is guy-friendly and bound to captivate practically anyone! Learn all about the history of cars, with special attention to “the most beautiful 86 cars ever manufactured.”

Liked this? Check out 10 Little-Known Followups from Famous Authors!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

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