Four of the Best Coffee Table Books

There’s a multitude of benefits to settling down with a book, from improved memory to less stress and more empathy. But in the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy for that novel to start gathering dust on your bedside table. Sometimes we simply can’t find the time for a long-read, consequently getting our daily pages via websites and ink-smudged train magazines. A chicer alternative? Coffee table books that you’re actually interested in.

Yes, they can be a great addition to your room, providing a needed pop of colour or adding a little intellect into your lounge. But having books there and available, with short chapters and lots of pictures, will definitely up your reading time. To get you going, we’ve collated our top picks for coffee table books, so turn off the TV and pick up one of these. 

Coffee Table Book

#1 Little Black Book

As good for you as it is for your decor, every working woman should own a copy. Written by Otegha Uwagba; the founder of Woman Who, a London-based community of working women dedicated to fostering better working environments and more collaboration, you know she has good advice. Full of recommendations on books to read, sites to browse, cafes to work in, and women to follow, Little Black Book is full of keys to your future rather than rogue phone numbers from your past. Each section is made up of short passages and bullet points, so this is a great pick-up and put-down book to dip in-and-out of if you want maximum knowledge gain but only have minimum reading time. The perfect addition to the home you come back to at the end of a busy day, even career women should never stop learning.

little black book


#2 Is Capitalism Working?

Coffee table books don’t have to be simple. If you’re looking to expand your mind, Thames and Hudson’s The Big Ideas series tackles big topics in a way that’s easy to read and understand. Visually appealing and intellectually impressive, these are definitely ones to add to your collection. In the office, we loved Is Capitalism Working? a look into the consumer economy and work since the 2008 recession.  Perfect for learning fact to impress your friends, knowledge for quizzes or just general brain expanding while you enjoy a cup of tea.

is capitalism working


#3 We Are Artists

If you’re in need of a quick boost of inspiration or empowerment, this is a great coffee table book to have on hand. Detailing the life and work of some of the most iconic women in art; We Are Artists celebrates the women behind culture. Including artists like Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe,  Barbara Hepworth and more, this is a great reference book for not only female empowerment but artistic movements and techniques, through the exploration of the industry’s rebels and history-makers.

frida kahlo portrait


#4 Supreme Glamour

One of the most iconic sounds in history, The Supremes influencer is enduring in both music and fashion. Written by a close friend of the band and with the help of founding member, Mary Wilson, Supreme Glamour chronicles the story of The Supremes from their origin, through Diana Ross’ departure and into their revival. Recognising their impact on fashion and beauty, the book also shares insights into their costumes and beauty routines, looking into how the iconic look of The Supremes came about. For fans of music and fashion, this coffee table book is a must-have.

The Supremes



Words by Lucy Harbron

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

Writer and expert