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17 April 2021

Must-Have Coffee Table Books For Every Interest

The world of coffee table books covers all jurisdictions, even the nichest of interest areas.

The hefty, hardcover books we artfully display to fill space and express who we are, and our interests are vital to any lounge room and are guaranteed to spark visitors' interest time and time again.

Words By Eliza Sears

Architecture & Interior Design

There’s no shortage of great architecture; from Frank Lloyd Wright to Zaha Hadid, architecture can genuinely inspire.

Whether you’re an admirer modernist or simply enjoy a sticky beak into the luxurious world of architecturally lauded homes, a solid architectural book is a timeless addition to any home. Resident Dog: Incredible Dogs and the International Homes they Live In showcases some of the world’s most beautiful homes and the four-legged friends that inhabit them.

Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton is well known for her acting prowess, her role in inspiring the classic beige turtleneck’s renaissance and expansive hat collection.

Her love of home decor inspired her idiosyncratic book, ‘The Home That Pinterest Made’. Keaton’s home is a true reflection of her creativity, style and affliction for gloomy hues.

Part Pinterest board, part style guide and part instructional on how to make one’s home more beautiful to live in, ‘The Home That Pinterest Made’ will spark your creativity ready to embark on your own design journey.

Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses, was $200 now $178.50, Booktopia


Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary is the mark of an artist, taking typically mundane everyday things and turning them into something of beauty.

Art is a complex and multifaceted subject that dates back millennia. In order to properly delve into the vast chasm that is the art world, a coffee table book is the perfect launch.

Not only is a pretty presented book the perfect platform to admire works of art, it is also a beautiful way to add design elements into your styling prowess. Art is a costly investment, so the purchase of an art-based coffee table harback is the perfect way to bring coveted works of art into the home, at a fraction of the cost!

Simply open to a new page whenever you’re feeling to spark new interest and lay it on your coffee table. Switch it up every couple of days to keep a constant stream of inspiration!

Andy Warhol “Giant” Size Book, $65, Amara


Famed fashion photographer and New York Times columnist Bill Cunningham had no trouble capturing the beauty in the every day, shooting New Yorkers in their natural habitat, the concrete jungle, for over five decades.

Bill Cunningham’s On the Street: 60 Iconic Years of Fashion Photography is a 400-page bible of Cunningham’s published and unpublished work as well as essays and musing by his subjects, including Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

The ideal gift for the fashion tragic in your life, Cunningham’s work will undoubtedly continue to be referenced in the fashion world for years to come.

If you’re more of a label aficionado (we all have our favourites don’t we?), there is an option for every fashion house in hard back form. Louis, Fendi, Prada and Chanel all have a handful of stunning coffee table books that feature a mix of catwalk imagery and house history. The perfect submersion into luxury right here in the home.

‘Nike: Better is Temporary’ Book, $89.95, Nordstrom


With a mid-year escape to Europe off the cards for the time being, now is the ideal time to let your taste buds do the travelling. If 2020 was the year of banana bread and whipped coffee, there’s no reason 2021 can’t be the year of restaurant-quality home-cooked meals.

For everything Italian, look no further than The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook, a collection of 80 recipes from some of Australia’s top Italian restaurants and chefs.

Not your average Cookbook, Broadsheet’s pages are filled with culinary pioneers’ stories and the institutions they founded.

Need no inspiration when it comes to Mediterranean fare? Let’s shift the conversation to Japanese food.

Japanese food-obsessed chef and author, Tim Anderson, takes the reader on a culinary journey in Tokyo Stories. From convenience store fare to Michelin star restaurants tucked away in hidden alleys, these experiences have inspired recipes to bring Tokyo into your home.

The Broadsheet Italian Cookbook, $49.95, Aura Home


For those who prefer to leave the cooking up to the experts, why not use an Italian Cookbook as an encyclopedia of Australia’s best Italian and indulge yourself one restaurant at a time, and explore your backyard?

Even if you’re not basing your next trip on the culinary delights the region has to offer, a fabulous way of exploring the world at home is via a book.

While 2021 certainly cannot provide the cure for wanderlust quite like pre-covid days, a perfect way to immerse yourself in the new world of a holiday destination is via beautiful, printed imagery and curated copy. Travel-based hardback books are stunningly inspirational and provide a beautiful spectacle to any room in the home.

If beautifully curated travel books are what you’re after, then look no further than Assouline. With a very impressive offering of sun soaked cities featured in book form, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to your purchase. All paired with joy-inducing bright colours and fun fonts, the pages and outer shell are works of art themselves.

St. Tropez Soleil by Simon Liberati, $108.93, NET-A-PORTER