As great as it is to view striking architecture and design on our tablets or laptops, nothing beats leafing through the glossy pages of a beautiful coffee table book. These large, oversized books often provide a transportive experience when we dive into them. And when they’re not being used, they contribute to the aesthetic of a room. For design lovers who are in search of the perfect book to adorn their coffee table, here are four fantastic options that are sure to please.
Buckingham Palace: The Interiors
Whether you’re a history buff, design enthusiast, or simply can’t get enough of the royal family, this rare glimpse inside of Buckingham Palace is like a masterclass in Regency, Victorian and Edwardian styles. In this book, artist and designer Ashley Hicks captures ceremonially spaces throughout the palace that are furnished with priceless treasures from the Royal Collection.
Off the Grid: Houses for Escape
On the surface, this is a book featuring imagery of stunning homes in remote locations around the world. Once the vibrant photography draws you in, however, the reader gets to learn about the creative architects and innovative technologies that enable these residences to significantly reduce their carbon footprint and run on renewable energy. For anyone who is passionate about eco-friendly design, this deserves a spot on your coffee table.
In Comfort and Style
Designer to the stars Estee Stanley opens up about her process of creating living spaces that epitomize laid-back luxury. Having worked with such celebrities as Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo and Justin Timberlake, you can rest assured that she knows her stuff and this book has the photography to prove it.
Love Affairs with Houses
Bunny Williams is nothing short of an icon in the world of interior design. Her new book, Love Affairs with Houses, is an exploration of 15 homes she has decorated and, of course, fallen in love with. For anyone with a passion for classic aesthetics, this is an insightful case study from one of the most renowned interior designers there is.