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11 Coffee Table Books

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Books are certainly meant to be read, yes, but books can also serve as an element of design in your home. Think how you’ve always wanted floor to ceiling shelves filled with a sliding ladder. We all have. With the idea of design in mind, coffee table books are a great way to add a new piece to a space while also serving as conversation starters. This last Thanksgiving I flipped through a coffee table book on United States parks with my grandma who has dementia, and it allowed us to connect on a day that was difficult for her. Coffee table books bring people together, to gather around each other. Here are 11 coffee table books ranging from photography, to sports, to design, to nature for you to enjoy with your loved ones.

Paris. Portrait of a City Cover Image
ISBN: 9783836502931
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Published: Taschen - March 18th, 2019

A serious look at the becoming of a city as a cultural mecca. These over 400 photographs act as historical document, peering past the obvious Eiffel Tower into the nooks that give Paris its main stage presence in the world. Here you find the beauty of evening strolls alongside activists in times of war. An excellent collection for those who have visited or always wanted to.

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 Cover Image
By Annie Leibovitz (By (photographer)), Alexandra Fuller (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780714875132
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 25th, 2017

These almost 300 photographs in Annie Leibovitz’s new collection serve as a stunning spread of celebrities in a variety of contexts. There is a mix of serious and funny, each photo serving as the essence of that individuals, ranging from Patti Smith, Michelle Obama, David Hockney, etc. A fantastic work to flip through by yourself or with a group of celebrity enthusiasts. The Trump/Melania photo is worth your time.

At Home with Dogs and Their Designers: Sharing a Stylish Life Cover Image
By Susanna Salk, Robert Couturier (Foreword by), Stacey Bewkes (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9780847860906
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Published: Rizzoli - October 3rd, 2017

Dogs are seem to be a staple of most Dallas homes, and in this light hearted collection of photos and interviews, we see the lives of interior designers amongst their canine companions. We get glimpses of the homes (indoor and outdoor) of perfectly composed spaces where these 20 designers reside, but interrupted with the life their dogs bring to them. Filled with fun anecdotes and design tips, At Home With Dogs and Their Designers is a new way to view how a room can be lived in. 

Microsculpture: Portraits of Insects Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419726958
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 10th, 2017

This collection of photos is for the science and nature lover. It is a spread of various insects captured in an artistic light, paired with an etymology of each species. With brilliant color and incredible details against stark black backgrounds, it is like a traveling museum, everything under the clearest microscopes. These are insects as sculptures, seeing the tiny in a way you have never experienced. 

Wise Trees Cover Image
By Diane Cook, Len Jenshel, Verlyn Klinkenborg (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781419727009
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 17th, 2017

One of the most beautiful coffee table books we have, Wise Trees explores 50 species of tress in stunning photos in their natural landscapes. You’ll find a history of each tree and even its cultural significance (a tree growing through an Indian family’s small business after praying to it for prosperity, just one example). These photos do not disappoint and provide a new way to view what we so quickly cut down. 

Georgia O'Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers: 30th Anniversary Edition with Slipcase Cover Image
ISBN: 9780935112177
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Published: Callaway Arts & Entertainment - March 2018

Perhaps the most stunning of our coffee table books is this collection of 100 of O’Keeffe’s iconic flower paintings. The book is a real object, stately, its power coming from the minimal design (there is no text throughout, simply an index in the very back). The aesthetic choices of the collection’s composition allows for an uninterrupted experience of O’Keeffe’s work. A fantastic gift for any art lover or gardener. 

Endangered Cover Image
By Tim Flach, Jonathan Baillie (Text by)
ISBN: 9781419726514
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 24th, 2017

Although this book works as a traditional collection of nature photos, beautifully wrought images with a heavy devotion to craft, its main objective is to draw attention and conversation to these more than 100 endangered species. Here we have Flach forcing us to stare at what is slipping from our planet. As you flip through these photos, admiring these animals’ magnificence and written histories, you cannot help but confront your own impact on their further existence. A great gift for anyone concerned with the environment.  

200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World (Personal Growth Books for Women, Coffee Table Books, Women of the World Books) Cover Image
By Geoff Blackwell (Compiled by), Ruth Hobday (Compiled by), Kieran Scott (By (photographer)), Sharon Gelman (Editor), Marianne Lassandro (Editor)
ISBN: 9781452166582
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 31st, 2017

With the Times’ recent Person of the Year being the “silence breakers,” this collection of photographs and interviews with 200 women from all across the globe continues the conversation of female empowerment. The collection features all the women in an aura of strength against a stark white background alongside their answers to five questions (the five questions are the same asked by each woman), such as “What really matters to you?” and “What would you change if you could?” An introspective book celebrating true diversity.

The Fly Fisher: The Essence and Essentials of Flyfishing Cover Image
By Thorsten Struben (Editor), Jan Blumentritt (Editor)
ISBN: 9783899556742
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Published: Gestalten - May 18th, 2017

This book takes on the subject of fly fishing, but gives a new perspective, catalogue the various techniques used around the world as well as directing readers to think of the sport as becoming closer to nature. There is practical advice throughout ranging from lines and hooks, native fish species and stories of fly fishers and the impact the sport has had on their lives. A niche subject that can be enjoyed by anyone trying to include more outdoor experiences in 2018. 

A Place to Call Home: Tradition, Style, and Memory in the New American House Cover Image
By Gil Schafer III, Eric Piasecki (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9780847860210
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Published: Rizzoli - September 26th, 2017

In his second book on interior design, Gil Schafer III explores the ways a house can become a home, dictating design principles and elements that create places to experience with others and hopefully create memories. Blending constructive prose with large scale photographs, Schafer gives suggestions that are not too elaborate to not want to try yourself. Give yourself time with this book and see how you can transform your home by mixing classic elements with new materials. 

The 500 World's Greatest Golf Holes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781579652371
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Published: Artisan - April 6th, 2003

This collection of photographs showcases the elite courses and iconic holes of golf play alongside the history of each course and the methodologies of the course’s design. We are shown close ups of specific holes, their par and yardage, creating a true intimacy. This book is all about appreciating not just the sport of golf but ways it interacts with various landscapes and traditions. The perfect gift for the golf enthusiast in your life.