"Books are never limited to just coffee tables in my home... sometimes they are shuffled with the season or reimagined with a change in furnishings, they are however a forever present & necessary part of the decor. My creativity has a mutually dependent relationship with books of all types and like any relationship we go through ebbs and flows of deep connection. Drawn to them as a source of inspiration, I also respect their aesthetic as a functional object and their ability to visually add to a space - the ultimate objet d'art. While I can dive deep down a Pinterest hole, it just doesn’t quite compare to both the tactile and comforting experience of holding a book in your hands. So while we’re at home (and not using the coffee table as a school desk) we’ve compiled our top 10 coffee table books – with anecdotes from design greats to dreamy travel photography, we hope you will be inspired and enlivened by the escapism they bring, at a time we need it." ~ Dx
Studio KO by Karl Fournier & Oliver Marty
Written by the brains behind the prominent and sought after architecture studio Studio KO, this monograph showcases their considered, tactile design with use of local and natural materials, from public projects such as the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech and their ever growing projects in private houses including Villa E in Ourika - which we’ve had the immense pleasure of visiting. Documented beautifully by photographer Dan Glasser, you are permitted to zoom in an out on the details; the textures and materials that reference modernism and are informed by the landscape. Each page is as beautiful as the next.
The New Mediterranean by Gestalten
Featuring Tigmi Trading alongside some of our favourite designers including Laurence Leenaert (LRNCE) and Sarah Ellison, The New Mediterranean follows the designers and architects leading the way in a new, down-to-earth modernism that combines Mediterranean folkloric influences with contemporary aesthetic. It’s a brilliant curation of inspiring interiors from around the world and breaks down the elements in each to show you how to bring this sumptuous, sun-drenched style into your own home. Beautiful imagery and a collection of stories read throughout.
The Pleasure of Leisure by Hotel Magique & Anna Pihan
Like a holiday postcard, THE PLEASURE OF LEISURE is a memento, a souvenir of a time under a summer sun. An ode to travel, it was created by Hotel Magique and Australian photographer Anna Pihan, who seeks aesthetic pleasure wherever she goes. Evoking limitless daydreaming, it is a blissful visual escape that feels like a holiday, leaving the sensation of sun lingering on your skin wherever you might be in the world.
Connections: Moroccan Carpets by Francoise Dorget
Like us Francoise Dorget -who is well-known in the Paris design scene- was enamoured by Morocco; it captured her heart and she would return time and time again. Over the years she amassed a large collection of Moroccan rugs from several regions all over the country, and Connections is her vast collection on display. Using her extensive knowledge of design and art, Dorget pairs each carpet with a work of art, architecture or a personal photograph taken on her travels, creating a personal, cultural and meaningful link between the two. Connections also features information on each region’s design and weaving processes and works by some of our favourite designers including Isamo Noguchi and Ettore Sottsass. A delicious and intellectual compilation featuring one of our favourites – rugs!
Visions of Architecture by Ricardo Bofil
Poetic spaces, surreal structures and dramatic visions. The extraordinary career of Ricardo Bofill is collected in this monograph as a keepsake, which reveals his inspiring approach to architecture, and to life. Visions of Architecture showcases the architect’s original and progressive visions for urban and communal living that challenges preconceived notions of shared space.
Holiday: The Best Travel Magazine That Ever Was
A presentation of some of the best editorials that graced the pages of inimitable HOLIDAY Magazine, that between 1946 and 1977 was one of the most exciting publications in the world. Remembered for its beautifully bold layouts, awe-inspiring editorial and talented creatives who helped to make the magazine utterly unforgettable. The art direction had a lasting influence on the design world, till this day it is often referenced in graphic design and cited as an inspiration. HOLIDAY portrayed the romance of travel like no other periodical, which we can now appreciate more than ever.
Pierre Yovanovitch : Interior Architecture
Pierre Yovanovitch founded his Paris-based design atelier in 2001. Known for his signature aesthetic, he blends high-art, architectural elements, and vintage furniture, to create a refined yet unpretentious setting. A source of inspiration, the breadth of his oeuvre spreads globally, with projects across residential, hospitality and commercial, from Central Park penthouses to a 17th century Provence chateau's there is almost too much beauty to absorb!
The Parisians : Tastemakers at home
This book is an invitation in to the private residences of twenty-five world class designers, providing intimate access to their creative universe and rich inspiration for home style. Stepping inside the homes of France’s leading tastemakers provides unrivalled inspiration for interiors that are rich with personality. From modernist retreats to inner-city urban-pop apartments, there is an eclectic cabinet of curiosities that demonstrates a perfect mastery of associations between colour, pattern, volume, material, and decorative genius.
Evocative Style by Kelly Wearstler
Kelly Wearstler shares her imaginative world of interiors, where the striking details of the designers own collection is captured in beautiful interior compositions. Her captivating aesthetic pairs with personal anecdotes on her creative process - making this a definitive source of inspiration for all lovers of design.
Jeanneret Chandigarh by Jacques Dworczak/Assouline
Pierre Jeanneret expert and historian Jacques Dworczak searched for years to collect and authenticate many of Pierre Jeanneret’s design, and the results of his efforts have been put together in the Catalogue Raisonne Du Mobilier: Jeanneret Chandigarh by Assouline. With over 400 illustrations and an incredible photographic catalogue, it details Dworczak’s wide travels and insights on these iconic and coveted mid-century designs. It is a comprehensive look at a singular design movement – when French modernism met the natural materials of Northern India, wonderfully laid out in both French and English.
We would love to hear some of your favourites in the comments!