They’re hard, large, and bring so much joy. No not dick, I’m talking about books of course! Specifically, coffee table books.
I love all types of books, but there is a special spot in my heart for the coffee table variety. Random fact: they are defined as, “an oversize, expensive, and usually illustrated book suitable for displaying, as on a coffee table” and “a book designed to be looked at rather than read.”
I somewhat disagree with this. Sure, they are typically large, beautiful, and can be somewhat pricey; you can wait for sales, or they are great to give and receive as gifts. Another reason they are special! However, I prefer coffee table books that are to be read, as well as looked at. They are a varied, cultural, educational, and inspirational collection; one I plan to grow until the day I die. They are about art, fashion, manners, architecture, design, life details on amazing people in our history, and so much more. Alongside the beautiful photos of McQueen’s haute couture pieces and runway shots, are quotes from Lee himself and behind the scenes info. World travel tips and pretty things from Kate Spade. How to throw a dinner party and other helpful advice for living a chic life from Colin Cowie. A history lesson in advertising from Louis Vuitton. An inside look at the every day life of Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. I swoon.
Such a rebel – I actually have my coffee table books everywhere in my place except the coffee table, because this is where I eat. Hello small condo living.
One of my favorite memories of traveling abroad was going to Taschen in Copenhagen. Such a beautiful store! Big, creative, colorful books all in a pretty row. I painfully regret not making a purchase. We had already been to London and all the random clothes I bought were fighting with the zipper of my luggage as it was. Unlike the clothes I no longer possess, I’m sure a book from Copenhagen’s Taschen store would still be in my collection. Fuck, I should have jammed a dope, monster size book in my suitcase and worn all the damn clothes home.
Thankfully, I can conveniently purchase the books I didn’t then, online now. And so can you.
Here are some books that would be great additions to anyone’s collection:
Dalí. Les dîners de Gala | TASCHEN
The Walt Disney Film Archives. The Animated Movies 1921–1968 | TASCHEN
Kate Moss by Mario Testino | TASCHEN
Frank Lloyd Wright. Complete Works. Vol. 2, 1917–1942 | TASCHEN
Araki. Tokyo Lucky Hole | TASCHEN
The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm | TASCHEN
Ellen von Unwerth. Heimat | TASCHEN
Andy Warhol. Seven Illustrated Books 1952–1959 | TASCHEN
Cabins | TASCHEN
From The Ninth Gate, “I like books.” I don’t think she was specifically talking about coffee table books; more likely she was referencing old ass books about the devil, but her love for books was real. Just like mine, and hopefully just like yours.