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Books & Magazines November, 13 2012

Buyer’s Guide: 10 Great Coffee Table Books

Christmas Season is here and also the annual gift shopping is on our to do list. It is not always easy to find a suitable present. We think with a good coffee table book you can never go wrong. The recently released book by Kate Moss about Kate Moss, or “Places and Spaces….” by Pharrell Williams feel like a great present. But see for yourself and check the selected coffee table books after the jump.

‘Icons of Men’s Style’ Book – Josh Sims

This sleek paperback holds 183 pages of chronicles and history of men’s style. It takes on topics systematically in chapters, completed with brief histories, photographies and famous inspirations featuring actors like a young Marlon Brando in the late 50′s and Gregory Peck. Purchase yours online at Nordstrom.

1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die

This one might seem geeky, but thats the fun thing about it. Video game expert Tony Mott presents 1001 of the best video games from around the world and on all formats, from primitive pioneering consoles like Atari’s VCS to modern-day home entertainment platforms such as Sony’s PlayStation 3 – from ‘Donkey Kong’ to ‘Doom’, and from ‘Frogger’ to ‘Final Fantasy’. Get it via Waterstones.

Architecture Now – Eat Shop Drink

From Kobe, Japan to Turku, Finland to São Paulo, Brazil, ‘Eat Shop Drink’ rounds up the newest and brightest places to see and be seen. Restaurants, bars, and boutiques are the substance of this new book that puts an emphasis on the very latest and best creations. Purchase it at Taschen.

The Art Book

‘The Art Book’ presents a whole new way of looking at art. Easy to use, informative and fun, it’s an A-to-Z guide to the greatest painters, photographers and sculptors from medieval times to the present day. This book is available at Phaidon.

Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label

This book to gives a massive inside view of the labels repertoire, through an oral history woven from interviews with its founders and artists such as LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Ja Rule, Rihanna, Ashanti, and Kanye West. It also features rare memorabilia from personal archives of the label’s movers and shakers like behind-the-scenes photos, flyers, advertisements, movie posters, album cover art, magazine covers, and press clips from around the world. Get it at Rizzoli.

Assouline - Cadillac 110 Years 

The Cadillac is a symbol of the American dream that’s been immortalised in art and music. This book is fuelled with over 200 colour photographs, quotes and a timeline to celebrate the high-performance automobile’s 110th anniversary with a smooth ride through its stylish history. Buy it at Mr.Porter.

Where’d You Get Those? New York City’s Sneaker Culture: 1960 – 1987

Bobby Garcia writes with the exactitude and affection that only a true believer could bring. While chronicling the rise of sneakers through the lean years of the 60s, the bulk of the book examines sneakers released between the golden years of 1970-1987 and describes how a small and dedicated group of sneaker consumers in the 70s and early 80s proved instrumental in establishing current corporate giants like Nike and Adidas. Get your hand on this great book here.

Places And Spaces I’ve Been by Pharrell Williams 

Illustrated with lavish photography, this book also explores his musical career in depth, charting his many projects from his production team The Neptunes, to the band N.E.R.D., and his collaborations with friends Kanye West, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and other hip-hop royalty. He details his extensive creative pursuits, including clothing lines, jewelry, and accessories designs for Louis Vuitton, furniture and other product design, limited-edition toys, graphic designs, skate graphics, and collaborations with Moncler, Marc Jacobs, the artist KAWS, and with architects Zaha Hadid and Masamichi Katayama/Wonderwall. Buy this book here.

Testify! The Consequence Of Architecture

In ‘Testify! The Consequences Of Architecture’, editor Lukas Feireiss gathers 30 examples of community-centered architectural projects from all 5 continents, to demonstrate how architecture can transform the quality of our lives. Purchase it at www.artbook.com.

Kate: The Kate Moss Book

Created by Kate Moss herself, in collaboration with creative director Fabien Baron, Jess Hallett, and Jefferson Hack, this book is a highly personal retrospective of Kate Moss’s career, tracing her evolution from “new girl with potential” to one of the most iconic models of all time. The Kate Moss Book is going to be released with eight unique covers, shot by Mario Testino, Corinne Day, Inez & Vinoodh, Craig McDean, Mert & Marcus, David Sims, Mario Sorrenti, and Juergen Teller and will be shipped to customers at random. Get your Kate book at Rizzoli.

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