Top 26 Best Coffee Table Books To Read Of All Time [2021]

Best Coffee Table Books To Read Of All Time

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 of all time in the article below. 

Best Coffee Table Books to Buy & Add to Your Collection

Best Books For Coffee Tables

Bill Cunningham: On The Street: Five Decades Of Iconic Photography

Photographer Bill Cunningham documented the evolution of fashion, trends, and everyday life in New York City from the 1970s to his death in 2016. This portfolio includes some of Cunningham’s work, including those featured in the New York Times. Some of these images are published for the first time. Cunningham documents–in his distinctively quotidian style—-the 1980s transit strike and the rise of casual Fridays in 1990s NYC, the sadness that swept over NYC after 9/11, as well as many other significant cultural moments.

Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style
1,054 Reviews

Camp: Notes On Fashion

The 2019 MET exhibit featured one of the most outrageous and outlandish presentations. I was inspired by Camp. ‘s eccentric costumes are not to be missed. If you can’t make it down to New York City or want to relive the incredibleness, this coffee table book by Andrew Bolton (Costume Institute at Metropolitan) immortalizes it forever.

Art = Discovering Infinite Connections In Art History From The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

This book features more than 800 artworks taken from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It is organized by thematic keywords and not chronological or geographic categories. It offers new, unorthodox ways to engage with visual culture. The book contains more than 160 curatorial essays, which place the artworks in broader contexts.

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 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 covers 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.

Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps by Annie Atkins

Annie Atkins, who collaborates with Steven Spielberg and Todd Haynes as movie directors, creates the ephemera which makes fiction feel real. Atkins’ debut monograph invites readers to explore the detective work involved in creating graphic props for movies.

This book features 200 color illustrations and a lot of detail. It takes you behind the scenes to show how research and imagination created the passports, tickets, and packaging that make up your favorite movies.

Great Women Artists

Great Women Artists is the largest fully illustrated book ever about women artists. It celebrates previously unrecognized female artists who are now recognized in galleries, museums, and the art market. Each artist is represented with a brief text and key artwork. This is an indispensable history of art in an age where there is more diversity.

Great Women Artists
  • Hardcover Book

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.

Glamorous Living

Joanna Gaines (New York Times bestselling author, HGTV star) has created “Homebody,” the perfect gift to give the interior designer fan 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.

Nicole Hollis: Curated Interiors

Nicole Hollis: Curated Interiors, the first monograph about the San Francisco-based designer. Hollis is well-known for bold design choices, such as the San Francisco Home’s jet black façade. Here, we get a peek into her collection of iconic interiors.


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.


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.

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.

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.

Scrawl: An A to Z of Famous Doodles
12 Reviews

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.

Menu Design In America

Before restaurants were typical in the late 1800s, printed menus were reserved only for special occasions. The menu has become more than a listing of dishes. It is now an integral part when dining out, a marketing tool, and even a keepsake. This book features the best examples and history of graphic art in America.

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.

American Boys (Daylight)
  • English (Publication Language)

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Hand Dryers

Hand Dryers, a photo collection of hand dryers, is proof that even the most ordinary subjects can be made to look extraordinary by the right people. This book is based on Samuel Ryde’s Instagram account of the same name and documents the beauty found in an everyday icon of industrial design. These photos, taken in bathrooms worldwide, show the versatility of the hand dryer and its ability to improve the environment.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark: The Complete 3-Book Collection

Folklorist Alvin Schwartz has created a collection of three books featuring your favorite childhood spook-fest. These short stories are a conversation starter–and a “chill night” lender can be used to take a trip down the memory lane or dive deep into spine-chilling fears.

Chairpedia: 101 Stories of Chairs

The chair is universal yet infinitely unique and has managed to remain a pillar in design history. This book explores 101 of these examples in-depth, and each one is rich with fascinating origin stories and unique aesthetic details. Grab a copy, and sit down in your favorite chair to enjoy a detailed read.

Chairpedia: 101 Stories of Chairs
  • Ballcells, Maria José (Author)

The Obama Portraits

A National Portrait Gallery guard said that “No other painting receives the same reaction.” They were the most famous portraits of Michelle and Barack. The book, written by Taina Karagol, Dorothy Moss, and Richard Powell, is a deep dive into paintings and portraiture in general. It also includes remarks from the Obamas and other artists.

Dinner At The Club: 100 Years Of Stories And Recipes From South Philly’s Palizzi Social Club

Everybody wants to know the inside story of South Philly’s Palizzi Social Club. Although the exclusive spot was a great way to keep your friends and family in the loop, it was the old-school charm of the restaurant that has kept them guessing for over a century. Although you might not get a table at the restaurant, this book will give you recipes that you can use in your own home to recreate the Italian experience.

Other Coffee Table Book Considerations

  • Central Park: Original Designs For New York’s Greatest Treasure
  • The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion by Antwaun Sargent
  • Tom Ford by Tom Ford


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 observe and absorb 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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