5 coffee table books to read and display

Big, bold and beautiful: coffee table books are the perennial style choice. Here's our edit of aesthetic books to buy now.

Culture

Since our homes now serve multiple uses (office, cinema, spa – you name it, the importance of interiors has taken on a whole new meaning. A major upside is that elevating your rooms needn’t require a call to the builder - a stash of brilliant books can make all the difference. From tomes dedicated to cultural icons and music stars to inspiring insight into women who’ve changed the world, there’s one for everyone to put in pride of place. So go on, make yours a display you can be proud of.

Naomi.

For fashion lovers

Naomi. Updated Edition by Josh Baker £100 (Taschen)

Oversized, loud and, frankly, gorgeous (just like the lady herself), this is the only book you need on our very own, Naomi Campbell. Words are by the supermodel herself while the pages include all of her most famous shots such as dancing as Josephine Baker for Italian Vogue and the memorable and iconic racing a cheetah in the wild for Harper’s Bazaar.

Vital Voices

For inspiring women

Vital Voices: 100 Women Using Their Power to Empower, £45 (Assouline)

A quick flick through this illustrated tome and you’ll feel like superwoman. Vital Voices spans the globe in search of 100 figures from all ages and walks of life who’ve made a difference, including Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement, computer scientist and activist Joy Buolamwini and tennis champion Serena Williams.

The Obama Portraits

For art enthusiasts

The Obama Portraits, £20 (Princeton University Press)

Unearthing the stories behind the Obamas’ most famous portraits, this book is full of wonderful anecdotes as well as being an absolute beauty to behold. The cover jacket is also reversible so you can choose which one to show off. It’s an insightful commentary on the famous political family and their impact on the world of art.

The New Black Vanguard

For the style conscious

The New Black Vanguard, £40 (Aperture)

Fashion is undergoing a huge transformation as black models and artists make their mark in a historically closed world. This is the argument of critic and curator Antwaun Sargent, who candidly talks us through what’s going on behind the lens, and how the language around black bodies is being dramatically reshaped. It’s beautiful and essential reading.

David Bowie Is

For music fans

David Bowie Is by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, £35 (V&A)

This is the only book that’s been granted access to David Bowie’s personal archive of costumes and design work. It takes in the artist’s full life and career – from his rise as a kid from south London to one of the most influential figures to have graced our cultural radars. There are many books on Bowie but this is something special.

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