We don’t often sit down to read coffee table books from cover to cover. They’re usually filled with pictures and tiny text, picked up now and then to skim through the beautiful pages when we don’t feel like paying attention to anything in particular.
I’ve always had a weak spot for beautiful books, judging them by the cover for as long as I can remember. I know that’s typically the one thing not to do but these days. However, when it comes to coffee table books the imagery is often as important as the text. The cover now holds more weight than ever as our attention spans are shorter and appeal for aesthetics greater, and are often used as props by interior stylists & home stagers.
Despite my love of a beautiful cover, I still need a coffee table book to function as a book, teaching me something whether through imagery, text or a combination of the two. Here’s my selection of my favourite design-led books which are not only beautiful to leave out for all to see, but ones you’ll actually read too.
A visual guide of 25 beautiful spaces from museums to homes, exploring how they impact all of our senses.
To celebrate Architectural Digest’s 100th birthday, this book features greats from past & present archives.
The queen of patterns, textures & bold colours - Kelly needs no introduction. Her latest book explorates never before seen projects.
Athena Calderone (founder of EyeSwoon) shows us some of the best interior decorator, fashion designer, and tastemaker homes, revealing how carefully crafted interiors come together.
This is the book for Mid-Century Modern aficionado. It’s an extensive and extremely comprehensive look at homes around the world, with over 400 to drool over. Looking for inspiration for your own homes? This is the one for you.
Living in a small home? Get the best inspiration from these amazingly designed tiny homes. Small but mighty.
The House of Glam: Lush Interiors and Design Extravaganza £33.75
This is the book for all you maximalists out there. Fun, vibrant and unique, these homes are truly inspiring & not ones to shy away from the limelight.
One of the most original photographic eyes of our era, this showcases his latest work. Take a look at the amazing spaces within homes of the rich and famous.