You probably have a lot of time on your hands at the moment, and we’re guessing most of it is spent within the confines of your own home. We don’t know about you, but in that spare time we’re trying our hardest to not just stare blankly at another screen for hours on end and the best solution we’ve found so far are coffee table books. Maybe it’s the glossy hardback covers, or the larger print, or the fact they’re mostly images, but there's something special about holding a physical, Instagram alternative in your hands.
Not only does a good coffee table book provide hours of laid-back reading and offer a visual boost to your coffee table, but the good ones can also teach you a thing or two. If you’re interested in art, fashion, architecture, and the like, then coffee table books are an authentic form of education and a fine way to spend some of your abundant free time.
Check out some of our favorite coffee table books below.
Art coffee table books
Eleanor Nairne - Basquiat: 40th Anniversary Edition
We don't doubt that you could pick out a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting from a crowd, but how much do you really know about one of the 20th century's most enigmatic artists. In celebration of Taschen's 40th anniversary, Eleanor Nairne looks back at Basquiat's archive in more detail than ever before.
Virgil Abloh & Daniel Arsham
From one of the 20th century's most influential artists to two of the 21st century's finest. Virgil Abloh and Daniel Arsham have both, separately, changed what it means to be an artist, perfectly exemplifying how the role can evolve in the internet age. With a contribution from Abloh, this coffee table book offers a broad overview of Daniel Arsham's genre-spanning work.
Coffee table books about fashion
Highsnobiety - The New Luxury: Defining the Aspirational in the Age of Hype - Special Edition
The New Luxury: Defining the Aspirational in the Age of Hype - Special Edition
Shameless plug — this is one of the most detailed deep-dives into the world of fashion on the market right now. A look at how fashion and youth culture as a whole starts from the ground up, it provides the foundational knowledge needed to unravel the intricacies of modern-day fashion.
Christian Habermeier & Sebastian Jäger - The adidas Archive
Not so high-fashion, but just as culturally important, Christian Habermeier & Sebastian Jäger look back at the history of adidas in all its glory. Now more than a century old, adidas' archive is no quick tale, so this hardback coffee table book will keep you occupied for more than one sitting, that's for sure.
Thames & Hudson - Prada Catwalk
Prada is undeniably the brand of the moment. After the onboarding of Raf Simons and an internet-breaking Fall/Winter 2021 show, there's never been a better time to up your knowledge about one of the most iconic labels to have ever existed.
Jun Takahashi - UNDERCOVER
UNDERCOVER founder Jun Takahashi himself looks back through the archives to tell the lengthy and fascinating cultural story of his label. With an introduction by Suzy Menkes, this is a celebration of fashion royalty from start to finish.
Books about interior design & architecture
Alex Eagle - Mean The Dream: At Home With Collectors And Creators
London-based creative Alex Eagle unlocks the heavy doors to some of the most exciting designers' homes in Mean The Dream. Get ready for some mouth-watering furniture and valuable tips on how to make the most of your own space, too.
Dominic Bradbury - Off The Grid
You've probably thought about going off-grid in the past year — we certainly have. If you needed any more reason, Dominic Bradbury's Off The Grid, which looks at the world's most innovative spaces that are completely off-grid, should be a nudge in the right direction.
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