10 Remarkable Coffee Table Books

The only table more important than the one in the dining room is the one near the couch, where time is spent reading, watching, tv, lounging, or talking. A good coffee table goes a long way in the land of home style and key parts of any coffee table are the books lying on top of it. Coffee table books should be interesting, engaging, and a conversation piece. Since coffee table books aren’t switched out often, they should also be timeless pieces that you’ll be happy to flip through for years to come. These remarkable books have as much visual appeal as they do fascinating content:


 

1. My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount and Thessaly La Force

 

My Ideal Bookshelf

 

My Ideal Bookshelf, edited by Thessaly La Force, is a collection of pieces where celebrities, public figures, authors, and everyday people share their favorite books and the reasons why, along with an accompanying illustration by artist Jane Mount. It’s as captivating to look at as it is to read and will inspire you to make a library list a mile long.


 

2. The New York Times: 36 Hours: USA and Canada by Barbara Ireland

 

36 Hours

 

When the New York Times began publishing the “36 Hours” series that gave readers a glimpse into towns and cities across North America, nobody could’ve predicted the success it would have. With the premise of giving readers hour by hour ideas for what to do in various cities over a weekend, this book is sure to help you plan your next stateside weekend getaway.


 

3. The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well by Deborah Needleman

 

The Perfectly Imperfect Home

 

In a world where we’re constantly encouraged to shop for the latest trends, this book by Deborah Needleman encourages readers to curate what they have to create a comfortable and stylish home. It’s full of illustrations, pictures, and advice to keep your home looking its best for years to come. Keep it on the coffee table for when the urge to change things up overcomes you.


 

4. Places to Go, People to See by Kate Spade New York

 

places to go, people to see

 

See the world and become motivated to travel the globe in this book full of stunning photography, inspirational quotes, and wise words from world-travelers. And though it’s not good to judge a book by its cover, it’s hard not to when the cover is the most cheerful green of all time.


 

5. Absolutely Beautiful Things by Anna Spiro

 

Absolutely Beautiful Things

 

Like the title suggests, this book is chockfull of beautiful things. The author’s, Anna Spiro’s, goal was to help readers find beauty in unexpected places, especially in the home. Keep this one on the coffee table for those days when the house is a mess and you need an extra dose of inspiration.


 

6. Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

 

Soft Pretzel Bites

 

Author Brandon Stanton did something so incredibly simple that it became revolutionary: he interviewed the people around him and what he learned about each one was astonishing. This book features hundreds of pictures and interviews with the people he’s encountered in NYC since beginning his blog in 2010.


 

7. The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives by Todd Nickey, Mayer Rus, Sarah Sophie Flicker, and Ditte Isager

 

The Inspired Home

 

Featuring photos from the homes of creative around the world, this book has a way of making readers look at the place they call home in a new way. Some spaces pictured are messy and cluttered, while others are modern and pristine. But they’re all an honest, unstaged look at the way people life.


 

8. Elements of Style: Designing a Home and a Life by Erin Gates

 

Elements of Style

 

What started out as a blog by author Erin Gates became a book where she shares her favorite spaces, tips, and things she’s learned along the way of being a homeowner. She’s a pro at finding inventive ways to personalize any space without sacrificing style.


9. John Robshaw Prints by John Robshaw with Elizabeth Garnsey

 

John Robshaw Prints

 

John Robshaw is a world-renowned textile designer whose patterns make up this book, along with advice on the creative process and pairing patterns in any space. While the book focuses on his creative process and narratives of his travels, he also offers some home décor advice.


 

10. TASCHEN’s Paris:Hotels, Restaurants and Shops by Angelika Taschen

 

Taschen's Paris

 

This travel guide is a true work of art. Written by author and traveler Angelika Taschen, who’s been in the book business for more than 25 years, it highlights her favorite spots in Paris with colorful illustrations. It’s arguably the most visually appealing travel guide ever produced. Whether you’re looking for a trendy shop or your favorite author’s beloved bakery, Taschen includes it all.


 

11. Retronaut: The Photographic Time Machine by Chris Wild

 

Retronaut

 

This book is a lesson in art, photography, and history. Author Chris Wild began his blog of the same name after discovering unusual photos from the past that challenged the way he thought he understood history. The book is a compilation of hundreds of the most memorable photos he uncovered on the blog, along with the fascinating stores that go with them.