From architecture to design to music, these are the best coffee table books of 2019

A fantastic coffee table book can say more about its owner than the coffee table, or the entire interior design for that matter. Under the facade of ornament, they serve as a subtle way to disclose your inner passions, intellect and personality to house guests — so it’s important to select them wisely.

Spanning art, music, photography, architectural design and more, these coffee table books are some of the most insightful, beautiful, visually arresting delicacies that have been published this year.

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Great Women Artists

Great Women Artists

Great Women Artists

Great Women Artists

Boasting 450 illustrations by 400 artists from more than 50 countries, Great Women Artists is a colossal celebration of female artistic brilliance. The tome spans centuries of creativity incorporating works from the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Tracey Emin and Yayoi Kusama, for an empowering and inspiring addition to any book collection.
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Bill Cunningham: On the Street - Five Decades of Iconic Photography

Bill Cunningham: On the Street - Five Decades of Iconic Photography

Bill Cunningham: On the Street - Five Decades of Iconic Photography

Bill Cunningham: On the Street - Five Decades of Iconic Photography

Before Instagram influencers and fashion bloggers, there was the humble Bill Cunningham. The OG street style photographer, Cunningham, in his trademark royal blue jacket, photographed the everyday style of New Yorkers for The New York Times for over five decades. This portfolio, bringing together his NYT work and never-before-seen images, is the first published collection of photographs by a man who was as a pioneer of his form. 
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My Name Is Prince

My Name Is Prince

My Name Is Prince

My Name Is Prince

Boasting an enormous 384 pages, My Name Is Prince is one seriously impressive visual essay. The tome covers 25 years of the mysterious artist’s life, with particular highlights that include his legendary 2008 Coachella performance and his epic 21-night stint at London’s O2 Arena. 
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John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum

John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum

John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum

John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum

The latest documentation of John Pawson — British design extraordinaire — and his stellar career focuses on the particulars that mark his distinctive architectural and aesthetic style. It groups a selection of his recent works into domestic projects, including his own house in rural England; extended sacred spaces; and repurposed structures, such as London’s Design Museum. 
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Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses

Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses

Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses

Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses

A thoroughly-researched exploration of over 400 of the world’s finest mid-20th-Century homes by more than 290 architects, this impeccable book is groundbreaking for the sheer number of projects included, a must-have for any design aficionado.
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Tonne Goodman: Point Of View

Tonne Goodman: Point Of View

Tonne Goodman: Point Of View

Tonne Goodman: Point Of View

Point Of View charts the incredible career of Fashion Director Tonne Goodman via behind-the-scenes fashion photographs and personal shots. Between two, sleek, monochromatic covers, Goodman’s life plays out chronologically, from her modelling days to her freelance fashion reportage, to her editorial and advertising work, through to her reign at Vogue
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Gaudi, The Complete Works

Gaudi, The Complete Works

Gaudi, The Complete Works

Gaudi, The Complete Works

The work of Antoni Gaudí put Barcelona on the architectural map and is renowned for the unique way it combines surrealist shapes with bold, vibrant colours. With new photos, drawings and plans by Gaudí himself, this book offers a comprehensive appendix of the architect’s body of work and is a veritable visual feast.
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Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries

Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries

Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries

Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries

It could be Paul McCartney, brushing his teeth, pulling faces or simply sporting a pair of pyjamas. Or it could be a young Stella McCartney, sporting a fancy dress costume, or a young James, pouring water on himself. It could even be a simple landscape shot of the idyllic farm in Southern England where the McCartney family lived. With over 200 polaroid pages, taken by Linda McCartney, each page of The Polaroid Diaries boasts a never-before-seen insight into every day, McCartney life. Prefaces by Chrissie Hynde, journalist Ekow Eshun and Paul himself make this an especially moving slice of nostalgia. 
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The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion

Shining a spotlight on 15 remarkable black photographers, The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion delivers an inspirational, thought-provoking conglomeration of fashion and art imagery. It pairs essays — important conversations on numerous topics, but especially on what it means to be a black female photographer — alongside works from some impressive talent. Like Tyler Mitchell who, last year, became the first African American photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue in its 125-year history, of Beyonce, no less. 
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Fabien Baron: Works 1983-2019

Fabien Baron: Works 1983-2019

Fabien Baron: Works 1983-2019

Fabien Baron: Works 1983-2019

Vanity Fair called him “the most sought-after creative director in the world.” And now, Fabien Baron’s work has been chronicled in a tome that traces his extraordinary career. Featuring a range of his multi-disciplinary work (as well as a foreword by Kate Moss), this book is a study in creative mastery.
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The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World’s Most Vulnerable Animals

The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World’s Most Vulnerable Animals

The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World’s Most Vulnerable Animals

The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World’s Most Vulnerable Animals

With this beautifully photographed collection of images, National Geographic photojournalist Joel Sartore encourages us to take a moment and think about some of the world’s most endangered species. Each marvellous creature featured in this book is either destined for extinction or is already extinct in the wild, but is still alive today thanks to the dedication of various scientists and conservationists. With every page — whether of a Sumatran rhinoceros or a tiny beetle— able to incite awe, this is one book that’s destined to be pored over again and again and again. 
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Signature Dishes that Matter

Signature Dishes that Matter

Signature Dishes that Matter

Signature Dishes that Matter

Have you ever wondered why certain foods or dishes are so globally renowned? Signature Dishes That Matter is a new tome that explores over 200 of the world’s most lauded restaurant creations. Dishes that defined the chefs who created them, the establishments at which they were served, and the zeitgeist of the time. Promising a fascinating read for everyone from die-hard foodies to history buffs, this book has been curated by epicurean experts, and ventures as far back as the 17th Century to uncover the moments that changed global culinary history.
To buy, contact Novel here.

The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space

The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space

The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space

The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space

The entire history of humanity’s achievements in Space in one sleek, coffee-table-worthy tome, The Nasa Archives is a seriously sophisticated addition to any collection. Momentous projects (Apollo, of course), moon landings, huge launches, starscapes and panoramas of Mars all make the cut, but there are also a collection of unseen images dug out from the obscure archives, too.
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Silent Kingdom: A World Beneath the Waves

Silent Kingdom: A World Beneath the Waves

Silent Kingdom: A World Beneath the Waves

Silent Kingdom: A World Beneath the Waves

For those who are fascinated by the wonders of the big blue, Silent Kingdom is a homage to both the beauty of our all-encompassing oceans and the spectacular creatures that inhabit them. Each photograph, rendered in black and white, turns aquatic creatures and marine seascapes into visions of beauty suspended in time and space, from otherworldly jellyfish to playful sea lions and ferocious sharks. It allows a glimpse into an undiscovered world that only a few have had the pleasure of witnessing first hand. 
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Born To Party, Forced To Work

Born To Party, Forced To Work

Born To Party, Forced To Work

Born To Party, Forced To Work

A man truly deserving of the title ‘Life of the Party’, Bronson van Wyck is undeniably proficient at throwing noteworthy bashes for the world’s glitterati.  In his very first book, the acclaimed event producer draws from a lengthy career to bring forth his finest successes — celebrations for the likes of Beyoncé, Madonna, Barack Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow  — alongside a handful of entertaining failures. 
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