Like a well-crafted melody of prose, these recently released coffee table books beckon with their artful covers, promising an exploration of the cultural zeitgeist through the lens of bound visual narratives. Meticulously curated to ignite passions and stir the imagination, these latest releases meld the worlds of haute couture, creative design and luxury travel, a seamless fusion that echoes the multidimensional tapestry of our ever-changing existence, and is deserving of a place in your most lived-in rooms.
Inspiring Tomes: New Coffee Table Books
Lake Como Idyll
Offering a virtual escape to the ethereal beauty of Lake Como, Italy, this new addition to Assouline’s popular travel series speaks to the charm of the region’s quaint towns, including the picturesque Bellagio, where the lake’s two arms converge. An elegant volume that offers a glimpse into the idyllic Italian lifestyle, complete with tranquil strolls, leisurely lakeside afternoons, and luxurious boat rides across the crystal-clear waters, this beautiful tome will prove a visually arresting addition to any coffee table.
Get Your Shit Together
Capturing the whimsical world of David Shrigley, a master of absurdity and deadpan humour, Get Your Shit Together is a must-have addition to any discerning art collector’s library. Boasting never-before-seen artwork and witty text that will leave you in stitches, this luxurious, oversized volume marries art with a series of handwritten essays making it the perfect coffee table book for both die-hard Shrigley fans and curious newcomers.
Louis Vuitton Skin: Architecture of Luxury
Offering a journey through Louis Vuitton’s most iconic stores (and each of their unique characteristics), this exquisite book (published by Assouline) captures the essence of the Maison’s radical approach to brand identity and its focus on investing in bespoke architecture that evokes powerful emotions. Penned by renowned architectural writer Paul Goldberg, the book paints each of these Louis Vuitton stores as masterpieces, offering unforgettable visual experiences that only enhance the collections residing within. A must-read for lovers of fashion and design.
Speaking to the appealing contrast between concrete structures and plant life, Gestalten’s stunning new coffee table book, Concrete Jungle traces the origins of architecture built around this idea. Discover captivating examples in Sri Lanka, where futuristic buildings integrate into the verdant landscape. Immerse yourself in the works of luminaries like Luis Barragán and Oscar Niemeyer, whose iconic creations in Brazil and Mexico are sure to leave you spellbound.
Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005-2016
In this highly anticipated celebration of Annie Leibovitz’s renowned portfolio, a collection of iconic portraits and never-before-seen photographs take centre stage. With her signature style and artist’s eye, Leibovitz captures the most influential and distinguished figures of the last decade, creating a visual documentation of contemporary culture. As such, this book is a must-have for any art or photography enthusiast looking to explore the world through the lens of one of the most beloved talents of our time.
The Ken Adam Archive
This limited-edition collector’s book celebrates legendary production designer, Ken Adams’ illustrious career. Spanning over 50 films, the book is illustrated with hundreds of sketches and photographs, many of which have never been published before. Adam’s influential designs, including those of the James Bond franchise, are complemented by behind-the-scenes material on the films, including authoritative essays and illuminating interviews with author Sir Christopher Frayling.
Arranging Things by Colin King
In his pursuit of cultivating beauty in our everyday surroundings, New York-based stylist Colin King offers his insights on how to artfully arrange objects into elegant vignettes that enrich our homes and lives. A trusted stylist for renowned brands and publications such as Architectural Digest and Rum, King emphasises the importance of seeing old objects in a new light and arranging them in a way that reflects personal creativity and meaning.