Coffee table books are essential in setting the ambiance, whether neatly stacked in a library or proudly displayed in your living room. These chic pieces of art are loved for both their beautiful covers as well as the creativity that lines their inside pages. Whether you’re on the hunt for a fashion anthology or you’re looking for some architectural insight, here, you’ll find the top tomes for every interest, whether you want to add to your collection or contribute to someone else’s.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Chapters Indigo
Alexander McQueen was one of the most empowering, imaginative, and influential designers of his generation. This book dives into the designer’s illustrious career, from the founding of his label to the success of his world-renowned fashion house. Featuring his most iconic and radical designs, you’ll be intrigued by this anthology.
The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion, Chapters Indigo
This photography book features the work of 15 Black artists, including Qui Lemons, Tyler Mitchell, Dana Scruggs, and Adrienne Raquel and addresses the transformation of the fashion and art industries that are becoming increasingly inclusive. Gracing its pages, Black runway and cover models contribute to the overlying conversations about the history of exclusion, and the barriers Black talents still face.
Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style, Chapters Indigo
Published for Architectural Digest‘s 100th anniversary, editors dived into the archives that have captured the world’s most inspiring spaces. The pages move between present and past, featuring the homes and gardens of celebrities, politicians, and design icons.
Tom Ford Book, Holt Renfrew
Tom Ford, the highest of the highbrows, is undoubtedly one of the creative world’s greatest icons. Cataloging his 10-year reign at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, the book also includes Ford’s notable contributions to the worlds of architecture, design, advertising and cinema. With more than 200 pages each reflecting his exceptional taste, you are sure to keep coming back to this book time and time again.
Art: The Definitive Visual Guide, Chapters Indigo
From cave paintings to modern masterpieces, this beautiful art book details the most remarkable moments in the history of art. With over 7,000 famous artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Monet, this tome explores the artist’s origins, influences, and techniques.
Axel Vervoordt: Portraits of Interiors, Chapters Indigo
Axel Vervoordt relies on nature, art, and timeless interiors to create living spaces that encourage self-reflection and inspiration. This interior design book details 17 homes including an urban New York penthouse, a Moscow apartment, a waterfront estate in New England and a Tokyo dwelling, each exploring the Vervoordt expression.
Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography, Nordstrom
Lindbergh’s photography celebrated the elegance of older women and authentic beauty in an era of pervasive retouching. This book contains more than 400 images of Lindbergh’s photography, reflecting his unique storytelling and the narrative vision it brought to the arts and fashion. Accompanying Lindbergh’s photos are commentaries from Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, and Anna Wintour.
Chanel: Collections And Creations, Chapters Indigo
Chanel’s combination of originality and tradition is what marked the success of the house in the world of fashion. This book opens up Chanel’s archives, revealing the brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel since the 1920s. It also includes unpublished photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography.
Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses, Chapters Indigo
This collection contains more than 400 of the world’s most glamorous homes including work by icons such as Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra, Alvar Aalto, and Oscar Niemeyer. This book is a must-have for all interior design lovers, modern home collectors, and readers looking for inspiration for their own spaces.
Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color, Chapters Indigo
Pantone collaborators and colour experts Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker identified more than 200 works of art and fashion, and carefully match them with 80 different Pantone colour palettes to reveal the trends, shifts, and resurgence of various hues. This book is a rich visual tour of Pantone’s 100 transformative years.
Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech", Chapters Indigo
From street fashion to high culture, this book showcases the work of fashion icon Virgil Abloh. With more than 1,800 never-before-seen images pulled from the artist’s files, it reveals his remarkable influence on fashion. It also includes essays and interviews with voices in art, fashion, design and architecture, namely Taiye Selasi, Lou Stoppard, and Anja Aronowsky Cronberg.
Maison: Parisian Chic at Home, Chapters Indigo
While exploring 15 Parisian apartments, readers are taken on a journey of the vintage and contemporary styles essential in the essence of Parisian chic. With photographs, watercolour illustrations, mood boards, colour palettes and practical advice, this book is rich in inspiration for creating a Paris-inspired home anywhere in the world.
Valentino: Themes and Variations, Chapters Indigo
Ruling the high fashion world for almost 50 years, Valentino’s designs are deeply adored and worn by both young Hollywood and high society. This book celebrates decades of Valentino, focusing on the gorgeous gowns, the culture, and the art behind the brand.
Chair: 500 Designs That Matter, Chapters Indigo
Throughout history, the chair has presented designers with infinite possibilities to experiment with new methods and materials. Celebrating the humble piece of furniture – from early iterations to today’s cutting-edge creations, this books explores the creative processes of internationally renowned designers.
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