Top 30+ Best Coffee Table Books Of All Time [2022]

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The best books to decorate the coffee tables of all time transport the reader to another place or era. The wide variety of topics covered by these books also makes them perfect for those with eclectic taste. The books vary from humor to history to political topics, but they all seem to make the reader feel like they are there.

As your search for new books on this topic deepens, you may want to explore. Penn Book will provide you with the best coffee table books 2022 in the article below. 

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Best Art Coffee Table Books Of All Time

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Architectural Digest at 100: A...
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Great Women Artists
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Architectural Digest At 100: A Century of Style” by Architectural Digest

This visual history was published to celebrate the magazine’s 100th anniversary in 2019. The perfect book flits from past to present and features the personal spaces and iconic work of top designers and architects and beautiful images by some of the most prominent photographers in history.

The book brings both the present and the past. It features top architects and designers’ personal spaces and works like Barack and Michelle Obama alongside Truman Capote, Frank Lloyd Wright, India Mahdavi, Bill Cunningham, and more.

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Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines (New York Times bestselling author, HGTV star) has created Homebody, the perfect gift to give the interior design enthusiast in the family. Joanna draws on her 15+ years as a designer to help readers create a space they love using examples from her previous spaces. The book comes with a removable design template that your giftee can use to incorporate the ideas from the book into their own space.

Contact High, A Visual History of Hop-Hop by Vikki Tobak

Contact High shines a spotlight on not only the greats of hip-hop but also the photographers who captured them. It is a chronological record of almost 40 years worth of hip-hop history through contact sheets. Every pop-music lover needs to have it on their coffee table or bookshelf.

Great Women Artists

Great Women Artists is a definitive collection of over 400 works that span half a millennium. It features some of the most influential artists in all media, from the canvas to photography. Another book to add to your coffee table or bookshelf.

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Among Others: Blackness at MoMA by Darby English

The Museum of Modern Art was among the first to acknowledge its unequal relationship with Black artists. Among Others reflects and investigates this truth through essays and some of the best art ever created.

Sneaker Freaker. The Ultimate Sneaker Book

Sneaker Freaker’s independent publication documents every collab and custom, limited edition, retro issue, and much more. It started as a punk style fanzine in its early days. This definitive history of our favorite casual footwear covers 100 years of history. Each chapter paints a picture of the sneaker industry’s evolution, including Converse, Adi Dassler, and Kanye West.

The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia

All oenophiles are welcome. This updated, revised edition of Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia contains 800 pages. It is organized geographically to highlight the regions that produce the best vintages. Beautifully illustrated on each page contains more than 400 photographs and 100 new National Geographic maps. It is richly illustrated with information about flavor notes, vineyard profiles, and tasting room guides.

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Chinatown Pretty: Fashion and Wisdom from Chinatown’s Most Stylish Seniors by Andria Lo and Valerie Luu

Chinatown Pretty features the stories and portraits of six Chinese-American seniors. It is an extension of the Instagram blog. It celebrates Chinese-American culture, active age, and expressive style.

A Great Party: Designing The Perfect Celebration

Have you ever wondered what being at the White House for one of Barack Obama’s parties was like? Perhaps you wish you could have been there to witness Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. Bryan Rafanelli, an internationally acclaimed event designer, shares his creative process with readers and his secrets to creating events we can only imagine attending.

Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful

Kwame Brathwaite, a photographer, and artist popularized the political slogan Black Is Beautiful in the 1950s and 60s. This stunning book is a stunning showcase of his life and works for equality. It includes studio portraits of Grandassa Models, an all-black modeling agency that he started with his brother to challenge white beauty standards. There are also some behind the scenes images of Harlem’s artistic community.

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Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 by Annie Leibovitz

Leibovitz is one of the most influential photographers of our time and has photographed some of the most well known and respected figures in the modern age. This collection of Leibovitz portraits, 2005-2016 (a follow up on Annie Leibovitz Photographs 1970-1990) features her trademark wit, style, and ability to humanize the subjects.

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs

American landscape photographer Ansel Adams was a well known environmentalist and environmentalist. He is best known for his black and white images of the American West.

The complete range of Adams’s work is presented in this book for the first ever time. It offers the most comprehensive compilation possible from Adams’s legendary photographic career. This book includes Adams’s first photographs taken in Yosemite in 1916 and the High Sierra in 1917, his work in National Parks during the 1940s, and his most important photographs from 1960.

Scrawl: An A To Z Of Famous Doodles

Do you think that our scribbles could become iconic works of art? This book contains sketches, drawings, and scratches taken from the notebooks and letters of some of history’s most famous names, such as Charlie Chaplin, Mark Twain, and William Burroughs.

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Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas by Ami Vitale

Ami Vitale, an American documentary filmmaker, and photojournalist is Ami Vitale. Her first book, Panda Love, depicts the intimate portrait of China’s giant pandas. They are seen tumbling out of their baskets, exploring forests, and playing hide and seek with caregivers. Vitale’s unparalleled access to the images makes them a tangible, sweet side of conservation and a unique gift.

The Art of the Wedding by Jill Simpson

Relais & Chateaux, the hospitality brand’s experts, have created a beautiful wedding centric tome. It features the best restaurants and hotels in the world. The book features 14 highly respected R&C properties from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It covers almost every kind of wedding. Every chapter features stunning photography and practical tips for wedding planning.

American Boys

This photo series chronicles the trans masculine experience in the United States. It offers an intimate look at the lives of trans-masc Americans and self-identified men. This book is a rejection of traditional boyhood. The photos are stunning, but it’s the life stories that make it so inspirational. These portraits are both tender and thrilling, reflecting the rapidly changing gender conceptions.

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May I Come In?: Discovering the World in Other People’s Houses

I bought this book from Wendy Goodman at Doyle, a New York based auction house. My lecture made me envy her! The title of this book suggests that Wendy has gained access to some of the fascinating people in the world. This book is a perfect blend of design inspiration and human interest. And, as beautiful as coffee table books can get, the cover photo of the Palazzo Brandolini is a stunning one!!

30,000 Years of Art: The Story of Human Creativity across Time and Space

30,000 Years of Art is one of my favorite coffee table books. It’s a vibrant and bold summary of history. It is an artwork with its thick, fearless, yellow, pink, and yellow hardcover. The engaging descriptions of each piece are also beautifully written.

It’s smaller in scale but still very heavy, making it an excellent choice for small accent furniture. Don’t let the color fool you; it won’t slip on larger coffee tables or shelves. Because it invites guests to peek inside, it’s a great conversation starter.

Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History

Surveys of American photography often overlook Latinx artists. Elizabeth Ferrer spotlights more than 80 Latinx photographers that have contributed to an art form and documented the history of the United States. This book will be treasured by anyone who enjoys portrait photography and photojournalism.

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From Palm Beach to Shangri La: The Architecture of Marion Sims Wyeth by Jane Day

Although Miami has its Art Deco style and Palm Beach is its neighbor, it has steadily developed its unique look. Marion Sims Wyeth is the innovative architect behind many of these designs. He is a creative thinker who combines Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and classical Georgian styles to create the Palm Beach style.

This monograph, which is 256 pages long, provides a detailed look at some of the pool houses and gardens the famous architect designed and those of Marjorie Merriweather Post, Doris Duke, and others.

Jungalow: Decorate Wild

Jungalow: Decorate wild is my favorite coffee table book. Jungalow takes me on an adventure to explore global design through storytelling and beautiful photography. This book is filled with rich color, culture, patterns, and texture that inspires me. Every page is full of inspiration. Justina Blakeney also shares many helpful tips and projects that you can use in your own home. No matter what your design style is, you can adapt her tips to create a unique and personal home.

Frank Gehry: The Masterpieces by Jean-Louis Cohen and Cahiers d’Art

Frank Gehry is the architect most design lovers are familiar with. He’s responsible for many of the most striking structures globally, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Neuer Zollhof, Dusseldorf, and LUMA arles in France.

Every building is own right, but all share one thing: movement. Many of his buildings have a distinctive curved or bent look that makes them instantly iconic. This 384-page monograph contains 480 photographs and illustrations that show Gehry’s creative process.

Andy Warhol: Polaroids XL

Although Andy Warhol’s polaroids are less well-known than his other work, they are just as stunning. This collection features polaroid portraits from his famous entourage and some of the most prominent figures in pop culture, such as Mick Jagger, Jack Nicholson, and Debbie Harry. This book is guaranteed to be the most incredible gift and the best coffee table book.

Colorstrology: What Your Birthday Color Says about You by MICHELE BERNHARDT

This vibrant book is for those who love astrology, color theory, and home decor. It will give you insights into your life that you didn’t know you needed. You can also get swatches so that you can take their lessons with you.

Tom Ford by Tom Ford

Tom Ford is more than a famous designer. He’s a fashion icon. This ultra-chic catalog features his stunning designs for Gucci & Yves Saint Laurent, 1994 to 2004. This book is essential for any fashion loving person. Order the sequel if you are giving it as a gift.

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Kusama: Cosmic Nature by Alexandra Munroe and Jenni Sorkin and Karen Daubmann

Yayoi Kusema is one the most prolific and well known artists of the 21st Century. Her colorful and patterned masterpieces are featured at every venue, from New York’s Whitney Museum of Art to Paris’ Fondation Louis Vuitton. The 92-year old is also a style icon with her bold clothes and iconic red hair. Many of her pieces are inspired by nature.

Kusama: Cosmic Nature explores her exhibit across the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden landscape, showing her eternal fascination with the natural world. This book is a great gift idea for the holiday season, regardless of whether the giftee could see the exhibit in person.

The Garden Book by Tim Richardson and Toby Musgrave

The Garden Book features every creative person who has ever created a botanical oasis. This features the work of many landscapers, architects, and designers. Each individual is represented by a photograph of their work, revealing a particular message or visual ethos. This must have updated edition of The Garden Book makes an excellent gift for the holidays.

Shawn Henderson: Interiors in Context by Shawn Henderson, Stephen Kent Johnson, and Mayer Rus

Shawn Henderson’s monograph is another glamorous one that’s well worth the weight. The designer’s first book features 14 of his favorite projects. These include sprawling urban houses and lofts, historic farmhouses, and contemporary ski chalets. He also added his own West Village apartment and a country home in upstate New York.

Although each of his interiors is unique, they share his signature style. It’s a quiet luxury with a sense of warmth and serenity that everyone can appreciate at this time of the year. Architectural Digest’s Mayer Rus contributed the title. Stephen Kent Johnson took the photos.

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Ali

This photo album is for the sports enthusiast in your life. It features never before seen images of Ali as he rose to the top. Steve Schapiro, a photographer, spent five days with Muhammad Ali, then 21, in Louisville, Kentucky. He captured the man before he was an iconic figure in American sports and pop culture.

Writers and Their Cats

Famous writers like Haruki Murakami and Alice Walker are talented with words, but they also share a lot in common. This coffee table book celebrates the special relationship that writers have with their cats. It makes an excellent gift for cat lovers or writers.

Yayoi Kusama

London is home to many world class museums. I love taking the kids to special exhibitions on rainy days. Great coffee table books could be made from exhibition books. My favorites include recent exhibits at Tate Modern of Yayoi Kusama and David Hockney at The Royal Academy of London. These books are unique and beautiful, making them a great conversation piece.

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When Art Meets Design

My coffee table stacks are constantly changing. Hunt Slonem’s When Art Meets Design is currently on full display. This book is a gift from a friend who keeps on giving. It anchors my coffee table with its gorgeous mix of jewel tones and draws you in as you read through the fascinating behind the scenes imagery of Slonem’s life and work.

I am always looking for inspiration, so I flip through this book to find it. The perfect mix of colors and sophistication gives me new ideas as I brainstorm for projects.

Toyin Ojih Odutola: The UmuEze Amara Clan and the House of Obafemi by Toyin Ojih Odutola

This book features the work of Toyin Ojih Olatola, a Nigerian born visual artist based in New York. The most prominent contemporary figurative artist tells the story through illustration. He examines the lives of two fictional aristocratic Nigerian family members.

This narrative explores the effects of colonialism, the slave trade, and other atrocities on the country. It then imagines a different reality. Essays accompany the storytelling on Ojih Odutola written by Zadie Smith and Leigh Raiford.

Art of Feminism: Images that Shaped the Fight for Equality, 1857-2017 by Helena Reckitt

The Art of Feminism, a collection of critical feminist artworks and texts that have helped define and propel the fight against inequality, spans more than 100 years of American history. It includes everything from Judy Chicago and Carrie Mae Weems through Sethembile Sezane and Andrea Bowers.

Woman Made: Great Women Designers by Jane Hall

Jane Hall, the first recipient of the British Council Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship in Architecture, Princeton University professor of architecture, and founder of Assemble multi-disciplinary collective, is an outstanding woman in design. Her latest book, Woman Made: Great Women Designers is 264 pages. It focuses on women who are integral to the idea of home.

Dr. Hall’s subjects architects, interior designers, and creatives who lived and worked from the early 20th century onward are from 50 different countries, highlighting a diverse range of styles.

How To Get Away: Cabins, Cottages, Dachas and the Design of Retreat by Laura May Todd

Escapism seems to be one of those themes that are always timely, especially when it’s cold outside, and people want to feel cozier. The new book offers a step by step guide to making your home feel warmer and more welcoming with authentically lived in interiors. Homeowners, architects, and designers share their best tips to bring the cabin vibe to your home.

New York Interiors: Simon Upton

Simon Upton, an internationally renowned interiors photographer, has photographed many unique spaces around the globe. However, for his first book, he chose to focus on New York City as it is one of the most fashionable cities globally.

A collection of photos taken at the homes of Aerin Lauder, Hamish Bowles, Stephen Sills, Michael S. Smith, Steven Gambrel, and Cynthia Fran, as well as images of New York City itself. New York Interiors by Simon Upton offers design inspiration.

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Other Best Coffee Table Books All Time Considerations

  • Central Park: Original Designs For New York’s Greatest Treasure
  • Château de Haroué: The Home of the Princes de Beauvau-Craon
  • Plantopedia: The Definitive Guide to Houseplants
  • Art = Discovering Infinite Connections in Art History from The Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion by Antwaun Sargent
  • Estée Lauder: A Beautiful Life
  • The Well-Loved House: Creating Homes with Color, Comfort, and Drama
  • Houseplants and Hot Sauce: A Seek-and-Find Book for Grown-Ups by Sally Nixon
  • Follow Your Bliss: Wisdom from Inspiring Women to Help You Find Purpose and Joy by ALYSSA KUCHTA
  • Elements of Family Style: Elegant Spaces for Everyday Life by ERIN GATES
  • Poolside with Slim Aarons by Slim Aarons

Conclusion

Coffee table books are not only fun but also add depth and inspiration to your home. You can find a variety of sizes, types, categories, and types of coffee table books that will help you express yourself. They add joy to the guest’s experience. Coffee table books can either be read at home or in the company of friends and family.

You can also enjoy them as if you are visiting a museum and observing and absorbing the visual world within them. I hope that the article will help you in your search for the best books for Coffee. If you have any comments, feel free to show that in the comment box below. Happy reading!

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