So, recently I have really gotten into coffee table books. I scour sites like Amazon, shopassouline.com, Gilte Group, One Kings Lane, etc. for special books that peak my interest… editorial photography, fashion sketching, interior design. The books are works of art, adding dimension and color to a space–although first and foremost I purchase them for the content. The photos and captions are so inspiring to me while I sit there with my coffee on a Sunday morning and flip through the vibrant pages.
It got me thinking… “Wouldn’t it be cool if I started a coffee table book club?” Instead of all having the same book and discussing it, we could swap amazing coffee table books and then get back together to discuss what we found inspiring about the one we were gifted with for that month. I truly think this would be a better option for those who are short on time and/or attention span. If you want to start a coffee table book collection to swap or keep for yourself, here are a couple of recommendations:
American Fashion Designers at Home (Rima Suqi)
This is probably my favorite so far. It’s an intimate look into the private quarters of over 100 top designers from the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), including Donna Karen, Derek Lam, Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren and Yigal Azrouel. It is such an interesting book because the defining characteristics that make their clothing collections unique are also reflected in their interior spaces. For instance, Bob Mackie’s abode is all about opulence (like his signature beaded gowns), while Betsey Johnson’s powder-pink walls and vibrant chairs seem an extension of her frilly bustier dresses and pop-colored accessories.
New York Parties: Private Views (Jamee Gregory)
This is such a fun read. Jamee shows us what goes into the planning of 15 brunches, lunches and dinners given by top-tier hosts. He even goes to the market with Michael Kors to pick out fresh produce for the designer’s at home brunch! What a dream.
Gig Posters: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century (Clay Hayes)
No matter what your “music genre poison” you will appreciate the poster designs. From Slayer to Lucinda Williams, M. Ward, My Morning Jacket to Fugazi. You could spend hours delving into this book whether you are a music fan or just one who appreciates cool, interesting art.
Do you have any recommendations to add to my collection? I would definitely check them out. Have a wonderful week and remember to always keep counting.