Once relegated to merely decorative fodder, coffee-table books still have a lot to show and say, and can have a substantial life of their own.
Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books
By Nina Freudenberger and Sadie Stein
This is a visually inspiring look at the at-home libraries of a diverse set of people. From writer Karl Ove Knausgaard to fashion designer Philip Lim, the tome is perfect for anyone in need of storage tips, or those curious about the book collection of some of the world’s biggest tastemakers.
A Tale Of Warp and Weft: Fort Street Studio
By Brad Davis and Janis Provisor
Ever wonder at the intricate transformation of a watercolor painting into a beautiful silk carpet? A Tale of Warp and Weft: Fort Street Studio is a beautifully illustrated book that explains the process of New York-based artists Brad Davis and Janis Provisor. The duo’s style in contemporary carpet design and manufacturing led to major innovations in that industry.
Made In North Korea: Graphics from Everyday Life in the DPRK
By Nick Bonner
Anyone curious about what design inspiration is like in a hermit kingdom should look no further than Made in North Korea: Graphics From Everyday Life in the DPRK. Bonner is a frequent visitor to the country and has amassed a huge collection of ephemera, from hotel stationery and tickets to brochures and restaurant menus. The result is an enthralling visual essay that (surprisingly) pleases the eye.
Accidentally Wes Anderson
By Wally Koval
Everyone knows the “look” of a Wes Anderson movie. Across 10 movies, his aesthetic has stayed true, om clothing, shade palette, and, most importantly, architecture. From Russia to India, Accidentally Wes Anderson explores true-to-life locations that look like they were dreamed straight out of the director’s mind.
These titles are available at Fully Booked, Lazada, Amazon, and @estante.bookstore.