20 Beautiful Coffee Table Books That Will Start a Conversation

Add some visual and literary flair to any drab tabletop in your home this fall!

By Jake Thompson Oct 14, 2019 4:21 PMTags
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When we think of fall reading, we tend to gravitate towards the latest fiction must-haves or spooky suggestions we hear from co-workers to feed our brain. However, what about feeding your soul with a gorgeous new coffee table book (or three)? 

Coffee table books are perfect for starting a conversation, adding some visual flair to an otherwise drab tabletop, and creating literary interest to your fall decor. And above all: they're beautiful to look at. Maybe you're a cat person who loves photography or an architectural snob who lives for an artful design. Either way, adding a few coffee table books to your autumnal aesthetic will warm up any room in your house. And, you can totally show off to your guests how cultured and cool you really are! 

We've handpicked twenty of our favorites that will help zhoosh up any space in your dwelling (or great for gift giving) this season.

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Blooms: Contemporary Floral Design

For you or the flower aficionado in your life! Blooms celebrates the explosive impact that floral designers from the last decade have had on a previously under appreciated art form.

Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon

Personal style meets witty anecdotes on age and fashion in this tell-all book on the 96-year-old accidental icon. 

Taschen Cats: Photography 1942-2018 Book by Walter Chandoha

We never met a Taschen book we didn't like. (And who doesn't love cats?) Start a conversation with a great big coffee table book.

Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue

Ever wondered what Naomi Campbell was really like? The woman behind Anna Wintour gives behind-the-scenes insight into many famous images and fashion personalities during her formative years at Vogue.

Anti Glossy: Fashion Photography Now

Capturing contemporary trends and forecasting the look of the future, this dazzling anthology collects the work of the most cutting-edge photographers working today.

Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet's South Beach 1977–1980

Shtetl in the Sun features previously unseen photographs documenting South Beach's once-thriving and now-vanished Jewish community—a project that American photographer Andy Sweet (1953–82) began in 1977.

Off the Grid: Houses for Escape

The ultimate escapist collection of environmentally sustainable houses, cabins, and retreats, this book circles the globe to find the best eco-architecture in the most stunning and remote locations.

La Grotta: Ice Creams and Sorbets: A Cookbook

More than 75 recipes for bold, fruit-forward ice creams, sorbets, and granitas—all made with fresh, natural, minimally processed ingredients.

Alfred Hitchcock. The Complete Films

For the Hitchcock lover in your life, this complete guide traces the master of suspense's life and career from his earliest silent films right through to his last picture in 1976, Family Plot

Bubbletecture: Inflatable Architecture and Design

Bubbletecture brings together inflatables in every conceivable size, shape, and hue across the realms of architecture, design, art, and fashion.

Herman Miller: A Way of Living

If you love furniture design, this book is right up your alley! A chronicle of the rich history of this innovative furniture company, from its founding in the early twentieth century to today.

Space Utopia: A Journey Through the History of Space Exploration from the Apollo and Sputnik Programmes to the Next Mission to Mars

This exhilarating collection of photographs features over ten years of collaborations with the most important space and research centers in the world, resulting in a one-of-a-kind story of the human race to the stars.

An Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour: The Harvard Art Museums' Forbes Pigment Collection

This gorgeous coffee table book celebrates over 2500 pigments of color that will be visual candy on any countertop in your home! 

HausMagick: Transform Your Home with Witchcraft

Channel your inner witch this Halloween season with this must-have coffee table book! Harness the power of magic to create a beautiful, healing living space with this unique illustrated guide from the founder of HausWitch, the popular Salem, Massachusetts, store and online lifestyle brand.

Weed: Everything You Want To Know But Are Always Too Stoned To As

Packed with useful tips and delicious recipes from a slew of experts, Weed covers smoking, cooking, and growing cannabis, as well as proper stoner etiquette and a guide to must-visit destinations around the world.

Brian Eno: Visual Music

If you're a music person, chances are you've heard a Brian Eno production! Visual Music is a one-of-a-kind guided tour through the visual art of the creative polymath icon.

Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists

The creator of the immensely popular Salad for President blog presents a visually rich collection of more than 75 salad recipes, with contributions and interviews by artists/creative professionals like William Wegman, Tauba Auerbach, Laurie Anderson, and Alice Waters.

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

Pink lovers unite! This beautifully illustrated volume explores the cultural history, especially in fashion, of the color pink from the 18th century to today.

William Wegman: Being Human

Fashion meets dog lovers in this surrealist visual treat of a coffee table book. William Wegman shares his entire Weimaraner dog collection in this must-have collector's item!

Check out our coziest fall items to snuggle up with and our Advent calendar must-haves!

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