Coffee table books — CTBs – are a thing of beauty and simply not just an ordinary book. Typically and broadly speaking, a CTB must be oversized, hard-covered, thick and consist mainly of pictures, not text. The cover also should be eye candy that instantly accentuates your room while also reflecting your personality, taste, and style.

So if you’re looking for the perfect tome to get or gift this new year, here are some of the best coffee table books that will not only inspire you but also inspire your home decor.

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Fashion & Beauty

One of the best ways to submerge into the world of fashion is to read books about it. Pharrell: A Fish Doesn’t Know It’s Wet is a photo book that documents the art and design ventures of one of the most powerful figures in the music industry and is a perfect choice if you’re wanting to tap into Pharrell’s insights on contemporary music, fashion and art. Another book that will also excite all you fashion gurus is the Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971. The book presents couturier Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring-Summer haute couture collection in 1971 and its history of conquering street fashion and shopping malls after being launched.

Cookbook

Those searching for engaging and sensational food writing and recipes that allow you to dive deep into the world of food, these two cookbooks are just for you. Making his name after opening a dessert-centred restaurant and from Netflix series’s Chef’s Table, Will Goldfarb of Room for Dessert restaurant recently launched his first cookbook. Showcasing his favourite dessert recipes and his creative approach to pastry, Room for Dessert is dedicated to any home cooks with a sweet tooth. Another interesting one is A Very Serious Cookbook: Contra Wildair – a cookbook from the collab of two New York’s sister restaurants: Contra and Wildair. The book grants a crazy fun peek behind the kitchen doors as well giving out creative recipes from their signature dishes. With a stylish look and size, these two appealing tomes will undoubtedly brighten up your home.

Travel 

Globetrotters looking for inspiration to travel, get yourself the Kate Spade’s New York: Places to Go, People to See andBeaches for a light slash inspirational read. Places to Go and People to See is all about the exciting voyage through the lens of the Kate Spade New York team. The book showcases dazzling destinations to travel and features fashion photographs with old-world glamour that makes ladies (and men) want to travel in style. For sea lovers, Beaches can also be your new travel buddy. The book features aerial photographs of the world’s most beautiful beaches by Gray Malin – a renowned Hollywood artist — which make you want to dive deep into the sea.

Specially for men

For any chap who has expensive tastes — we know you’re reading — here are the coffee table books that will tell your style. Get James Bond Cars if you’re a car or James Bond enthusiast since the book is loaded with photographs of cars and vehicles that have been with James Bond through all those fiery fights. But for the timepiece collectors, About Time – Celebrating Men’s Watches Book features over 250 men watch photographs, including both classic and contemporary pieces from various brands, such as Audemars Piguet, Omega, Rolex, and Patek Philippe. For gents who are obsessed with their wrist candy, this coffee table book is a real win.

Specially for women

2019 is fast-approaching and for us ladies, it’s time to dust off any low self-esteem. These two inspiring tomes will give you comfort and care that can only be shown through womanhood. In the Company of Women tells the tales of over 100 creative women who have embraced an entrepreneurial spirit to start their own enterprises. Their words will spark a light in you and empower women to follow their dreams. The Atlas of Beauty, which is a photo book of women around the world in 500 portraits, will also remind you that true beauty is all about being yourself and genuine.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.