It’s all about the simple pleasures in life and having a pretty coffee table set up is one of them. Wouldn’t you agree? The odd candle, a few quirky coasters and of course an uber cool coffee table book can make even the dullest of of tables come alive. So, with this in mind we’ve rounded up our pick of the bunch…
The World According To Karl
The ultimate fashion bible. This is a coffe table triumph that would make an ideal pressie for your most fashionable friend. The World according To Karl details the Chanel master’s thoughts and commetns not just on fashion but also life, children, women and happiness. With Xmas just around the corner this one will make an ideal stocking filler for your BFF.
The Wes Anderson Collection By Matt Zoller Seitz
One of the most influential voices in cinema history, Anderson is known for the visural artisrty and quirky tone that’s undeniably his. You’ll remember classics such as The Royal Tenenhaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel. The book is an in-depth look ah his works and guides readers through his life and career.
The Brazillian model’s self-titled instalment might cost a whopping $700 a copy but still managed to sell out before it was even released! Good going, Gisele. The book simply contains photographs of the famous model from throughout her career. The book has already sold out it’s limited amount of copies, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get your hands on one but if you do you’ve struck gold.
What If…?. The Architecture and Design Of David Rocwell
Whether he’s creating a restaurant, a playground, or the set of a musical such a Legally Blonde, David Rockwell designs to dazzle. The book makes for a series of quirky questions, including, ‘What if the bellhop was a robot?” and his playful designs pose as the answers.
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A collection of inspiring street style portraits from the street style guru himself Scott Schuman. A collection of Scott’s favourite images from his popular blog accompanied by his insightful commentary. With stylish souls from the streets of New York to Florence, to London, to Moscow and Milan you’ll never be stuck for style inspo with this one. Scott has also released a second book of just 45 images, ‘The Satorialist: Closer’ where he looks more closely at human style. The new edition comes with two cover options, male or female, so it makes a great gift for anyone. It’s a little pricey at £150 but it also comes in paperback so you can tote it around with you rather than leave it on the coffee table.
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005
This insight into the works of renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz contains portraits of plenty of famous faces – Johnny Cash, Keith Richards, Nelson Mandela, Nicole Kidman and George W.Bush to name but a few. All this sits alongside personal pics of Leibovitz’s family and friends. The images tell a story of the phototgrapher’s life through these years and it’s one you won’t want to put down on the coffee table for long.