Perfect as a gift to a special someone or for yourself, these captivating and visually stunning illustrated books are sure to be a welcome addition to any coffee table or desk | Illustration by Holly Wiggins for The Market Herald

14 Aesthetically Pleasing and Captivating Coffee Table Books

When hearing the words ‘coffee table book’, most tend to think of a hefty book used purely as a prop for its pretty cover. And while classic coffee table books do make for a nice accessory in the home, they should also serve as a source of inspiration for your passions and interests. They should beckon you to open them and enjoy while sipping a cup of coffee on a quiet afternoon.

From fashion and interior design to nature photography and human stories, there are a number of both aesthetically pleasing and engaging coffee table reads to choose from. Perfect as a gift to a special someone or for yourself, these captivating and visually stunning illustrated books are sure to be a welcome addition to any coffee table or desk.

Tom Ford 002

Dedicated to the well-known designer’s eponymous label, Tom Ford 002 tells the story of Ford’s rise to the top of the fashion world through photography featuring the brand’s signature evocative editorials.

Tom Ford 002
Tom Ford 002, A$166.75 | Source: Booktopia

Slim Aarons Style

Through the lens of iconic photographer, Slim Aarons, this colour-drenched photography book explores high society and the world’s fashionable elite throughout the seasons.

Slim Aarons Style
Slim Aarons Style, A$72.75 | Source: Booktopia

Capri Dolce Vita

Filled with colourful Capri photography, this photography book by former Vogue Italia editor, Cesare Cunaccia, celebrates the famed Italian island’s stunning scenery, culture and people.

Capri Dolce Vita
Capri Dolce Vita, A$144 | Source: AMARA

Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style

Filled with celebrity homes and photos from the archives, this centennial celebration of Architectural Digest is a staple photography book for interior design lovers.

Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style
Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style, A$115.50 | Source: Amazon

Humans of New York: Stories

Filled with authentic and diverse human stories from the streets of New York, Brand Stanton’s photographic census of the Big Apple is sure to intrigue and touch readers.

Humans of New York: Stories
Humans of New York: Stories, A$39.99 | Source: Dymocks

Eat, Drink, Nap

Combining style, cooking and home interiors, Eat, Drink, Nap is the ultimate coffee table book for those looking to achieve the aspirational lifestyle created by the elite private member’s club, Soho House.

Eat, Drink, Nap
Eat, Drink, Nap, A$55.75 | Source: Book Depository

Flavours of Australia

Featuring 55 signature recipes from Australia’s top chefs, this culinary coffee table book offers a glimpse into the country’s vibrant dining culture.

Flavours of Australia
Flavours of Australia, A$62.75 | Source: Booktopia

Ralph Lauren In His Own Fashion

Presented as an illustrated biography, Ralph Lauren In His Own Fashion dives into the renowned American designer’s contribution to fashion and his journey from the Bronx to icon status in the fashion world.

Ralph Lauren In His Own Fashion
Ralph Lauren In His Own Fashion, A$66 | Source: Booktopia

Santa Fe Modern

Drawing from New Mexico’s rich and unique architectural history, Sante Fe Modern highlights the city’s inspiring modernist homes set against the desert landscape.

Santa Fe Modern
Santa Fe Modern, A$69.50 | Source: Booktopia

Escape by Gray Malin

Evoking blissful summer days, Escape centres around Gray Malin’s collection of idyllic beach photography. Combined with anecdotes and journal entries, Escape is perfect for those who enjoy beachy escapism and coastal photography.

Escape by Gray Malin
Escape by Gray Malin, A$55 | Source: The Iconic

In Bibi’s Kitchen

Perfect for foodies, In Bibi’s Kitchen features 75 recipes and stories gathered from grandmothers, ‘bibis’, across eight African nations. Filled with human stories as well as vibrant food photography, this is a great book for both the coffee table and kitchen bench.

In Bibi's Kitchen
In Bibi’s Kitchen, A$42.95 | Source: Booktopia

Mother: A Tribute to Mother Earth

Capturing some of nature’s most incredible wonders across all the continents, Mother is an aesthetically pleasing celebration of our planet. Created by award-winning nature photographer Marsel van Oosten, this nature photography book is a must-have for animal lovers.

Mother: A Tribute to Mother Earth
Mother: A Tribute to Mother Earth, A$75.25 | Source: Booktopia

Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants

Comprised of simple care instructions for 100 houseplants and plenty of lush houseplant inspiration, Leaf Supply is the perfect book for both budding and established green thumbs. From cacti to palms, this book covers everything a houseplant enthusiast needs to know.

Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants
Leaf Supply: A Guide to Keeping Happy House Plants, A$38.50 | Source: Booktopia

Polaroid Now

Since its release in 1947, the Polaroid camera has captivated the photography world. Saturated in colour, this eye-catching photography book is the ultimate addition to the bright and bold coffee table and features snapshots from Warhol and Hockney.

Polaroid Now
Polaroid Now, A$65 | Source: Bed Threads

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