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Coffee Table Books: Art, Architecture, Design & Automobiles

Some of my favourite things are coffee table books. However, that could be attributable to working in a profession which a friend suggested is suited to “people who like their books with pictures.” I’ve listed a selection, below.

Tim WalkerPictures

I came across this book after visiting Walker’s Story Teller exhibition at Somerset House in 2012. Although I purchased both books, I prefer this collection of his work. For me, it matches Tim’s aesthetic more so than Story Teller, which is fantastic as an overall representation of the exhibition and the events that ran concurrently.

Graydon Carter & Bridget FoleyTom Ford: Ten Years

Thames & Hudson describe Tom Ford: Ten Years as a “lavish volume” and a “complete catalogue of his design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.” Chronicling Ford’s clothing and accessories designs for both houses, the book also explores Ford’s grand vision for the complete design of a brand, including architecture, store design and advertising.

Beverly Rae Kimes & Winston GoodfellowSpeed, Style & Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren Collection

Created to accompany a major exhibition, this tome features 29 automotive masterpieces selected by Ralph Lauren and shot by renowned photographer Michael Furman. Exquisite models, from the 1930 Mercedes Benz SSK “Count Trossi,” the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia and the 1938 Bugatti Atlantic Coupe to marvels from Jaguar, Ferrari, Porsche and even a Ford “Woody,” are artfully and lovingly photographed and presented with commanding elegance.

Frederic Edelmann & Ian LunaLouis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors

An exploration of the dynamic and innovative architecture and interiors commissioned by Louis Vuitton, the book features interviews with architects including Peter Marino, Christian de Portzamparc and Jun Aoki – who discuss the beautiful and complex structures they have produced in collaboration with Louis Vuitton. This book examines the physical aspects of these buildings as well as the ideas that went into their composition.

Christine Rudolph & Ditte IsagerNoma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine

The Independent on Sunday describes Noma: A Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine as being filled with “jaw-dropping photography”. Granted exclusive access to NOMA archives, including diaries, team profiles, and even with a nice pull out map of the Nordic region, NOMA is a definite buy for those who want an inside peek into what was voted ‘the world’s greatest restaurant’.


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