11 Art Books to Make Your Coffee Table Truly Shine

Even the most minimalist of living rooms will feel incomplete without at least one stunning coffee table book resting atop the coffee table. It's true—books can be a highly effective décor element when it comes to styling your living room, which is just one of the reasons we love collecting art books.

Not only does a good coffee table book offer the occasional precious moment or two away from the many screens that typically hold our attention all day, but it will also elevate the style of any room just by being there. A stack of art books gives you versatility—rotate them every few days depending on your mood!

Brains and beauty? That's what it's all about. Here are 11 art books that will make your coffee table truly shine.  

1. Kahlo (Taschen’s Basic Art Series 2.0) by Andrea Kettenmann

Published by renowned art book publisher Taschen and curated by art historian Andrea Kettenmann, this edition celebrates feminist icon and Mexico's most famous artist, Frida Kahlo. On the cover, a self portrait by the artist as a Tehuana, which refers to the matriarchal society based in Mexico's Oaxaca State. Inside, you'll find page after page of her powerful paintings and insights into her tumultuous life.

2. Assouline Tuscany Marvel by Cesare Cunaccia

From the domed churches of Florence to the rolling green hills of wine country this dreamy book surveys the romantic region of Tuscany in all its glory. Find 200 photographs and illustrations that depict both the ancient history of the region to its burgeoning fashion roots and the incredible food and wine that Tuscany is famous for. It really is the next best thing to an Italian holiday.

 

3. Polaroid Now by Steve Crist

A picture-perfect gift for avid photographers, Polaroid Now chronicles the first and foremost instant imaging camera system and how contemporary artists continue to work with the medium today. This striking tome features snapshots from the likes of Andy Warhol and David Hockney, as well as emerging artists.

4. Raising the Roof by Agata Toromanoff

Architects and design admirers alike are sure to swoon over this written by art and design historian Agata Toromanoff. This delightful book celebrates the women who have shaped the architecture scene with their jaw-dropping designs. Raising The Roof features a double-page spread on each trailblazing figure including big names like Zaha Hadid and Olajumoke Adenowo.

5. Bosch (Taschen’s Basic Art Series 2.0) by Walter Bosing

Consider this your introduction to the enigmatic, intricate, and highly mystical works of Hieronymous Bosch. Working in the late 15th and early 16th century, this Dutch painter was a master of detail, renowned for his ability to convey themes of religion, spirituality and the divine with his trademark wit and wisdom. 

6. Creative Spaces by Angie Myung

The perfect gift for anyone with a creative outlet, Creative Spaces is an interior design book profiling Los Angeles lifestyle brand Poketo's creative community. Written by Poketo founders and partners Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung showcases an impressive selection of creative spaces including memorabilia-laden desks, sprawling studios, hidden cabins, historic homes and minimalist apartments. 

7. Complete Book of Colourful Interiors by Iris De Feijter & Irene Schampaert

It can be intimidating to introduce colour into your home, and many of us are unsure where to start, but this kaleidoscopic book is here to help. Covering secret tips (including the best hues for a good night's sleep) and 120 dos and don'ts from experts in the field, start your colour journey by adding this rainbow-hued volume to your coffee table, bookshelf, or bedside.

8. Assouline Palm Beach by Aerin Lauder

Written by Palm Beach local and social fixture Aerin Lauder, this beachy tome welcomes you into the luxurious enclave of this resort town from the spectacular houses to the restaurants and designer boutiques. With its stylish cover, this book is sure to make a beautiful statement in a living room and be a conversation starter.

9. Slim Aarons: Women by Laura Hawk

Celebrating the iconic works of American photographer Slim Aarons, this glossy coffee table book, curated by writer Laura Hawk, who worked with the photographer for a decade, captures more than 200 images from his archive. Noted for his images of socialites, jet-setters and celebrities, this book features photographs of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Jackie Kennedy alongside in-depth captions detailing the backstory of these unforgettable photographs.

10. The Kinfolk Garden by John Burns

Green thumbs are sure to love this verdant book curated by much-loved lifestyle magazine, Kinfolk. After previously casting an eye on the subjects of dining, interior design and work, editor-in-chief John Burns explores how we might better live in commune with nature.

11. Moon Signs by Narayana Montufar

A gift that any aspiring astrologer or astrological lover will be over the moon with, Moon Signs is a fun and approachable guide shows you how to read and interpret your lunar journey. Written by one of Vogue magazine's astrologers to watch, Narayana Montúfar, this books explores the lesser known part of your astrological chart and what it means for your life's journey.

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