6 Coffee Table Books for the Design Buff

One of our favorite hacks for spicing up a space without overhauling the whole room? A coffee table book. Part design object, part pure entertainment, a hefty, image-heavy tome can help define a room’s aesthetic while providing a deep dive into your passion. Are you interested in fine art and photography? Passionate about plants? Or does the glamour of Old Hollywood make you see stars? Whatever your fancy, there’s an encyclopedic volume that will satisfy your appetite for knowledge—and serve as a welcome conversation starter when you have guests. Plus, there’s nothing like a book (a very big book) to prompt you to stop scrolling mindlessly through your phone.


Ready to turn the page of your interior design story, but not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite coffee table books below.




Gauguin: Tales From Paradise


Part tribute to Gauguin’s enduring legacy, part visual vacation, this volume offers 80 reproductions of the artist’s sumptuous work. Associated with the Post-Impressionist and Symbolist movements, Gauguin is best known for his depictions of life in French Polynesia: flat shapes of pure, saturated color and the unforgettable figures of Tahitian women.







Catalogue of Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition


This vibrant volume brings together 100 of the artist’s most important masterpieces, sourced from international museums and private collections around the world. It explores Basquiat’s use of words and symbols and the ways in which he integrated collage into his paintings, sculptures, objects, and large-scale drawings.







Bulgari: Bulgari-Bulgari Collection


Thumbing through this oversize volume is like peeping into the jewelry box of a queen—or Elizabeth Taylor, who popularized Bulgari when she visited there often while shooting “Cleopatra” in Rome. The legendary jewelry house’s brightest baubles and most gigantic gemstones shine from the pages of this gorgeous slipcased volume.







75 Years of Capitol Records


From the Beatles to Beck, Sinatra to Sam Smith, a parade of era-defining artists have passed through the doors of the Capitol Records Tower, one of Hollywood’s most distinctive landmarks. An unmissable milestone for music lovers, “75 Years of Capitol Records” is a live and kicking celebration of that mighty industry giant, responsible for defining the soundtracks of generations past, present, and future.







Dylan by Schatzberg


Filmmaker and photographer Jerry Schatzberg’s mesmerizing images paint an intimate portrait of Bob Dylan’s ascent to superstardom. Schatzberg shot the musician nine times from 1965 to 1966—arguably the singer’s most creative period—producing studio portraits, on-stage performance shots, recording studio outtakes, and more, many published here for the first time.









Xerophile: Cactus Photographs from Expeditions of the Obsessed


If you love cacti, this book’s got ’em in spades. Its 350+ pages offer a selection of more than 500 photographs of the rarest and most spectacular plants on earth, photographed in their natural habitats over the past 80 years by a global cadre of cactus-obsessed folk.




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Erin Klabunde is a writer, editor, and Second City-trained comedian. Her work appears on Amendo and Medium. She regularly performs in the shower, mostly Celine Dion's back catalog. She lives in New York. Follow her on Twitter @klabundles.

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