The coffee table book dates all the way back to 1580, when Michel de Montaigne mentioned the idea of a book that was only intended for display. David Brower is often credited for the modern concept of coffee table books. He had an idea for a series of books that combined nature photography with writings about nature. Brower’s series of books was published in 1960 and since then, the popularity of coffee table books has continued.
Coffee table books are one thing you can never have too many of. They serve as a two-fold decorative accent. One that can be read, as well as look fabulous stacked up on end tables or as the center of attention stacked up on a coffee table. Coffee table books are a great way to showcase your interests and entertain guests!
Here are our top choices:
Veranda Retreats – by Mario Lopez-Cordero
By Veranda Magazine, a look into the worlds most stunning houses. Veranda Retreats features the magazines signature lavish photography, which allows readers to contemplate with pleasure even the smallest details of every breathtaking house and landscape.
More Than Human – by Lewis Blackwell
Tim Flach, award-winning photographer looks deep into the essential bond humans have with animals of all types. In this book he presents the culmination of a career long endeavor, body of work in which each image is more striking and powerful than the last.
Where Art Meets Design – by Hunt Slonem
There are so many similarities and crossovers between art and design. Perfectly piecing together vintage furniture with modern art, Hunter Slonem has made a name for himself with these spectacular spaces.
Destinations of a Lifetime – by National Geographic
This book by National Geographic showcases 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places. They will take you to on a photographic tour of the worlds most spectacular destinations. With world class photographers, it is sure to inspire ideas and dreams of your next destination.
Vogue Living Houses Gardens, People – by Hamish Bowles
Take a peak into the fabulous homes and gardens of musicians, artists and designers from around the world. This book features 36 spectacular houses and gardens. The photographs bring to life the interiors and exteriors of private gardens and homes from those whose owners come from the worlds of fashion, music, art and society.
Dogs – by Lewis Blackwell
This book features mans best friend, the dog. With Tim Flach’s stunning photography this book takes a look at Crufts and Westminster dogs to dogs lovingly rescued by volunteers, one of the most exciting photographic tributes to to dogs ever published.
Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life – By Erin Gates
Erin Gates fills this book with advice, inspiration, ideas and lessons she has learned about designing a home that reflects the owner’s personal style. She shows how the process of designing a house leads to self-discovery and the end effect reflects personal expression.
Art of the 20th Century – by Ingo F. Walther
In an attempt to define the term “art” that has shifted over that and developed new meaning over the past 100 years, Ingo F. Walther attempts to piece together the every chaining definition of art by compiling a collection of different art elements and highlighting the relationship between works and movements.
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