Coffee table books were long thought of as hefty tomes you'd find at your grandparents home. Since then, and with the growing popularity for luxury designer homeware to complete the all important #interiors pictures for Instagram styled with Cire Trudon candles, coffee tables books have garnered a reputation for being the number one accessory in your living room.
From the selection available in Farfetch's art, books and magazines edit, we've picked six of our favorites to help you decide which books to start your coffee table book collection with or what we think would make a great Christmas gift to add to a loved one's current stack.
Flowers: Art & Bouquets
This flower book is a compilation of simple yet chic floral images and a showcase opulent bouquet arrangements. The individuality of this book compared to others is the remarkable collection of photos of floral interpretations from a number of time periods and artistic styles. Let nature's selection and the colors of the flora blossom in your eyes.
Flowers: Art and Bouquets by Assouline
This book houses an illustrious selection of photographic history from the GQ archives. An extensive visual definition of what it means to look sharp and think smart, the GQ Men mantra. It's a celebration of the modern and classic American man and looks stylish inside and out.
GQ Men by Assouline
Room with a View
Put simply, this book will most definitely inspire your next sojourn. If you've ever followed or used #RoomWithAView or are familiar with the series from Conde Nast Traveller magazine that inspired the hashtag, then you'll be enchanted by this luxury travel book. Sit back and enjoy the theater of travel and lavish journey this book takes you on.
A Room with a View by Assouline
Dinner with Jackon Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature
The artist Jackson Pollock, we're quite sure you're familiar with his name and work, he needs no introduction. But the baker, dinner-party host and keen gardener, perhaps this is a lesser known side to Pollock. This recipe book contains over 50 recipes from his own hand-written scrawls. Plus the famous artistic residence that was the Pollock-Krasner home and now study centre, is the backdrop to the stunning and intimate look at life within their home. Photos of each of the recipes are only enhanced by the tales that accompany them from Pollock and Krasner's friends and family. An insightful portrait of the great American artist.
Dinner with Jackon Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature by Assouline
Explore the recipes of this delectable collection of craft cocktails; from the golden days when cocktail making was seen as a culinary art form. The recipes Brian Van Flandern conceived during his time as head mixologist at Per Se in New York, during the years when three times Michelin star chef Thomas Keller was head chef, will certainly impress your guests. This book is described as a must have addition for any budding mixologists and suave dinner party hosts. With this you'll be able to shake up some incredible festive drinks.
Craft Cocktails by Assouline
A trio of Farfetch Curates books on art, design and food will start your collection off nicely or be a great assortment of books to add to an existing selection. The uniformity of the covers makes them great to arrange on a coffee table (as shown below) but the uniqueness of the content and stunning photography within each book means they stack well up for substance as well as aesthetics. Makes for a seriously impressive gift too!