Coffee Table Books to Inspire in Your Home
The weighty books telling the story of travel destinations, artists and cuisines in the language of beautiful pictures.
If there is one surface accessory for the home that screams sophistication and class, it’s the coffee table book. Obviously named and aptly placed, these beautiful hardcovered books are a statement of appreciation for something you hold dear, or something you want people to think you do anyway.
As not much of a reader myself, I rely on the coffee table book to not only get in my pages, but to also maintain the illusion of being quite the worldly creative to my family and friends.
Basically, coffee table books are a very clever and classy way of showing off to your houseguests. The beautifully presented Ottolenghi cookbook tells your dinner guests that you’re a thoughtful appreciator of culinary delights, and you’re not afraid to take some flavour risks. Oh and that Yves Klein book? That one proves you’re an appreciator of fine art and history.
Coffee table books are basically a way of showing off to your house guests that you appreciate and are proud of the knowledge of a particular subject. Typically drawing focus on art, history, design, food and culture, these books exude knowledge, and are pretty much a springboard for creativity.
Aside from the content that resides within them, coffee table books are certainly fabulous to look at, especially the covers. They’re designed, sleek, attractive and inspired, and that’s just the hard, outer shell.
If you’re looking for funky colours to lift the spirits of a sitting room lacking vibrance, we certainly recommend investing in a few Assouline hard cover books. Net-a-Porter have an extensive offering of their holiday destination collection, which allow you to completely immerse yourself in the worlds of St Tropez, Marrakech and other luxe retro spots, all from the comfort of your couch.