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, not only do they compliment your coffee table but they are great for the mind as well. 

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. 

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#1 Assouline

As good for you as it is for your decor, these are the best selling Assouline books. Delving into a world of travel, fashion and food these hand back books bring the destinations to life through stunning imagery. Transporting you from Ibiza to Marrakesh these books cover all the culture and make a great focal point for your home. Renowned for pioneering modern, luxurious and creative books Assouline is still a family business and continues to be knowns as the fashion crowds favourite books.



#2 Thames and Hudson 

If you’re looking for a classic coffee table book to add to your collection, then the Thames and Hudson fashion books are beautiful. If you are interested in luxury brands or the fashion industry this collection of books covers all of the designer powerhouses. Full of curated pages of catwalk imagery and brand heritage for you to browse through.

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Sticking with the fashion theme, these are the minimalist fashion brand books that everyone wants. Featuring more than 800 stunning images, readers will have unparalleled access to behind-the-scenes content, including the company’s highly limited products-everything from t-shirts to bicycles-and collaborations-Nan Goldin, Comme de Garçons, and Nike, to name a few.

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#4 Abrams & Chronicle

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Designed by Athena Calderone, the creator of EyeSwoon the book taps into her network of interior decorators, fashion designers, and tastemakers. Revealing how carefully crafted interiors come together it also opens the doors to two of her residences. It sparks inspiration for homeowners breaking it down into details of rooms, patterns and collected objects. Filled with gorgeous photography by Nicole Franzen, Live Beautiful is both a showpiece of exquisite design and a guide to creating a home thoughtfully put together.


Words by Lucy Harbron

Featured Image Credit – @nowiepavz

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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