Both conversation starters and objet d'art, coffee table books are an expression of the interests and curiosities of their owner. Here, we share a few favourites from our own collection.
Axel Vervoordt Timeless Interiors by Armelle Baron and Christian Sarramon
With a multi-hyphenate career and a distaste for the word 'style', Axel Vervoordt focuses on harmoniously unifying the old and new and the east and west, to create places which tell stories and offer more than meets the eye. Much like an incredibly insightful conversation, an engaging artwork or a moving piece of music, his placemaking is engaging and offers depth of experience and meaning.
Speed, Style and Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren Collection By Beverly Rae Kimes and Winston Goodfellow
For lovers of cars, the history of automobile technology, and design, look no further than this coffee table book, illustrating and discussing 29 classic cars collected by Ralph Lauren. Including some incredibly rare vehicles by Bugatti and Bentley, Alfa and Aston, Mercedes and McLaren, this book explores classic cars as forms of art.
Rebirth of the Cool: Discovering the Art of Robert James Campbell By Jessica Ferber
Brought into being as a young college graduate discovered a trove of boxes of photography of New York's jazz era, 'Rebirth of the Cool' tells the story of Robert James Campbell, a once esteemed photojournalist whose life tragically ended alone and in a homeless shelter. Prior to succumbing to health failure, a deteriorating mind and financial hardships, Campbell worked passionately and vigorously to capture the essence on New York's jazz era it the 50s and 60s, leaving behind a time capsule of a fleeting era and early photographs of iconic artists. This book offers an incredible series of photographs and an insight into Campbell's life and this moment in time through Campbell's lens.
Fashion by Charlotte Seeling
Telling the story of fashion from the 19th century to the present, this illustrative book delves into history, design, labels, and ultimately the evolution of human culture that has inspired fashion throughout the ages.
Living Well By Design by Melissa Penfold
With a wealth of knowledge and tips to share, Australian author, journalist and style expert, Melissa Penfold, wonderfully articulates ways in which to create places that feel warm and inviting, and are full of depth and personal character. Filled with inspiring imagery and design fundamental that are aligned with the Australian lifestyle.
Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood & Ian Kelly
A memoir by Vivienne Kendall; co-creator of punk, fashion designer, activist, and global brand owner, this is a story worth knowing of the life of an incredible woman, who is still an active voice for the causes she is passionate about.
French House Chic by Jane Webster
A glimpse into incredible and elegant apartments and countryside estates across France, this book explores French architecture and design and pinpoints some of the details which create the sophistication, layered depth and romantic expression which is characteristic of so many French homes.